I have now laid laminate floors in 6 rooms over the years and the last three were so much easier because of the tools I used. The following at those essential tools for laying laminate floors.
Essential Tools For Laying Laminate Floors
Digital measuring tape: I actually used a normal measuring tape but only because I didn’t even know that a digital measuring tape existed. I actually didn’t have the digital version as mine was the old non digital version but I sure as hell wished that I did have one.Not only would a digital measuring tape have made it easier it would have been a hell of a lot less frustrating.Two of the best features of this measuring tape is the memory function and the fact that it now eliminates having to bend the tape when measuring into a corner. All you do is set the back of it as your ending point,
- Tapping block and pull bar: The tapping block and pull bar is probably one of the most essential tools for laying laminate floors. Without these it would be almost impossible to ensure the laminate floors line up properly.
- Drop Saw: The first room I installed laminate floors I used a hand saw to cut them to size. I figured it would be ok as the quarter round timber would hide the lousy cuts.Which is did but I found it way too frustrating so I bought a drop saw. Not only did I do the cuts in a fraction of the time, they were so precise. Also worked great when I had to cut angles in the quarter rounds.
- Cordless Multi-Tool: I didn’t use one of these in my first two rooms but it made the job so much easier. In case you’re wondering where I used my cordless multi-tool it was for undercutting the door frame. This video shows a bloke using a handsaw. Which is fine, but I’m all about making the job easier and saving time! Not only that I’ve found the oscillating multi-tool essential in so many other handy man jobs. Great for getting in spaces where normal handsaws just won’t go.
- Dry Erase Markers: Having a dry erase marker certainly makes the job easier as you can see exactly where your cuts are. I first started to use pencil but that was too hard to bloody see, especially as I was using a darker laminate flooring.
- Skil Flooring Saw: Something I didn’t have but wished I did was the Skil Flooring Saw.
Other than that what you need is a lot of patience. The hardest part for me was when I had to cut curves in my timber laminate floorboards so I could lay them around my circular fireplace. This video shows exactly how I did it.