A wooden threshold covers the seam where two different floors meet. A threshold is not only attractive, but it also protects the floor edges from wear and tear and removes a tripping hazard. The type of threshold you'll need depends on the relative heights of the two floors. T-moldings join two floors of equal height, while reducer strips and overlap reducers join unequal floors. Reducers are sloped, so there is not a pronounced step between rooms.
Things You'll Need
- Measuring tape
- Thin scrap wood
- Power drill
Examine the space where the two floors meet, and determine if the floors are the same height. If it isn't obvious, place a level over the transition. Measure the difference in height, if any, and use the appropriate threshold.
Measure the width of the doorway or room opening where the two floors come together, using a tape measure. Cut a piece of scrap wood to 1/16 inch less than that measurement with a hacksaw. Lay the scrap wood in place and adjust the measurements if the scrap wood seems too short or too long.
Cut the threshold to the correct measurement with a hacksaw.
Put the threshold in place. If you are using a T-molding, fit the bottom part of the T in between the two floors.
Drive screws through the center of the threshold and into the subfloor below, using a power drill.
- "Black and Decker: The Complete Guide to Kitchens;" Editors of Creative Publishing; 2004
- "Stanley Complete Tiling;" Stanley Books Staff; 2004
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