How to Install Ikea Flooring

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Ikea flooring is convenient for people who want to install their own flooring but are relatively inexperienced at renovation, because the planks are designed to snap together easily and without glue. While the process takes some effort, especially if your floor plan is complicated, almost anyone who can use hand tools can learn the basic steps to install Ikea flooring.

Things You'll Need

  • Rolls of floor-lining foam Hammer Wood scraps Duct tape Saw T-square Measuring tape Small crowbar
  • Start with a solid and even surface. This could be an existing floor that you want to cover or a sturdy subfloor.

  • Clear the floor, or if you have nowhere else to move the furniture, clear half of it, then move the stuff back to the other side once you install Ikea flooring in the first half of the room.

  • Remove any floor molding if possible. If you don't do this, there may be a small gap between the edge of the floor and the molding.

  • Roll out a length of foam floor lining along one wall. This lining makes the floor more watertight, better insulated and slightly more even.

  • Lay a floorboard at one end of this wall with the flat end against the perpendicular wall.

  • Get another board and place it at the end of the first, with the flat end facing in the same direction. Place a scrap wood block at the other end of the second board and gently hammer the block toward the boards, pushing the boards together just until they are interlocked and there is no gap.

  • Repeat this process until you nearly complete a row and reach the far wall. Cut a piece of board to fit the remaining space, leaving a fraction of an inch free to fit the board in. Put the board in place, then use a crowbar and wood block to leverage the end of the board near the wall, gently sliding it toward the other boards until it's in place.

  • Start the second row with the other half of the board you just cut. This prevents waste and also makes sure that each row will be staggered so the boards join at different points. Holding the board at an angle, slot it into your first board, near the wall. Once it's in place, press it firmly against the other board, tapping it gently with a hammer if necessary. Gently press down until the new board is flat.

  • Repeat, adding new boards as close as possible to the first, then again using the block and hammer to tap them into place.

  • When you near the edge of the foam sheet, roll out another strip of foam and duct tape it to the first.

  • Repeat these steps until the entire floor is covered.

  • Install molding around the floor if you want to cover any small gaps near the edges.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you have any obstacles in your space like pipes that come up through the floor, measure these objects and cut custom boards with appropriate holes in them. Remember to leave a bit of extra space to slide the boards into place.
  • When tapping the boards together, tap just until the edges meet. Hammering them together too hard can warp the floor. Pressing the interlocked boards flat should be easy. If it isn't, don't press too hard or you may damage the boards. Take the board out, check that it is interlocked properly and that it is flush with the next board all the way along its length.
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