Laying laminate flooring around a round object, such as a pillar, may seem impossible, but it is actually quite simple if you know what to do.
As always, thorough preparation and well laid underlay are essential. Measure and cut out half the shape of the object in one piece of underlay and the other half in another. Put them in place and cut off any extra pieces. It is important that no two pieces overlap. Tape down the pieces so they lie flat before starting with the planks.
WHAT DO YOU NEED?
1. CUT OUT THE SHAPE IN PAPER
Get a large piece of sturdy paper, such as floor protection paper, and a pencil. Measure and mark the whole shape of the round object on the paper and then cut it out. Make sure it is really flush all the way around, tape it down and then mark on the paper where the last fitted plank lies in relation to the object. This shows you the correct distance to the hole you are going to cut out.
Before removing the paper template, there is a trick you can use to get a finer, more even line to saw along. Put a plank against the round object and draw a line on the outside of the plank. Then move it gradually around the whole object, drawing a new line along each step of the way. The lines you draw will then form a smooth curve on the paper, which is shaped exactly like the round object but is one plank width wider. You will use these markings in the next step.
Click the planks that are to lie around the round object into place and fit another couple of planks beside them for better stability. Based on your markings on the paper, measure where the paper should be placed on the planks and tape it down. Fetch the loose plank again and follow the same procedure as last time when you drew the round line. Lay the plank alongside each of the lines you just drew and draw a line on the other side of the plank. This will form the same smooth curve there, giving you an even line to saw along.
When you have finished drawing, use a jigsaw to saw along the line on each of the planks. Then place them back on the floor and fit them together around the round object. You can easily wash away the pencil lines you drew using a cloth.
When you are going to lay your new laminate flooring, you don't need to be a professional floor layer or own a multitude of tools.
|Fretsaw or panel saw||Spacers|
|Set square and possibly||Crow bar|
Laminate flooring unfortunately never comes in the size of your room. So some sawing is required. Don't be discouraged however. It's remarkably smooth. These three ways are most common to shorten your boards.
Tools you can use to saw your planks:
Start in the upper left corner of the longest wall and install the planks in the same direction as that in which the main light falls. Planks are always installed from left to right.It is not at all difficult to lay himflor laminate flooring, but before you start you should make sure you have prepared everything correctly.
You can install himflor laminate flooring throughout your home, except in bathrooms or other rooms with a floor drain. It is also great for installing on stairs, and in rooms with underfloor heating provided you follow specific instructions.
If your floor has risen it can be quite irritating, so it is best to sort it out immediately. It is easier than you think.
Fluctuating levels of humidity in your house can cause the boards to swell or shrink. If you didn’t leave enough space between your floor and the wall, your floor may rise slightly. Although it is not always visible to the naked eye, you will be able to feel it because the floor will bend when you walk on it. It is like a bubble of air underneath the boards, but luckily this could easily be fixed.
Find out which of the rows is causing the floor to rise and then remove the skirting board from the wall at the end of that row. Do this carefully with a hammer and chisel. Make sure you do not damage the wallpaper or paint on the wall.
If you spill liquid on the floor, be glad you have a watertight Himflor laminate floor. Of course, you still want to clean it up as quickly as possible.
Good underlay is an important detail that must not be forgotten. It absorbs sound, prevents rising damp from below and evens out small irregularities.
Underlay is very simple to lay; you only need a knife and a ruler. Roll out a piece of underlay and push it up to the wall. Put a box of planks on it to hold that end in place before rolling out the rest in the other direction. Then tear it off at the nearest perforated edge.
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