- To insure your laminate flooring stays securely in place, you should secure the planks to the wall in the location of the studs.
- Using a Stud Finder, locate and mark the location of each stud.
- Laminate flooring planks install with a tongue and groove system, so each plank has a tongued side and a grooved side.
- Place your first laminate flooring plank in the upper right corner of the wall.
- Place the grooved edge up against the corner of the wall.
- You may need to drill small holes to accompany finish nails then hammer finishing nails through the laminate flooring plank and into the wall to secure the first piece in place.
- If there’s a stud located behind that laminate flooring plank, hammer the finishing nails into the area where there’s a stud. If there’s no stud, hammer it anywhere on the plank to keep it in place until you reach an area where a stud’s available.
- Place the grooved edge on your second plank and place it around the tongue on your first plank. Snap the second floor plank down against the wall to secure it in place. If necessary, hammer one or two finishing nails through the laminate flooring and into the wall to hold it in place.
- Continue to snap laminate flooring planks in place until you cover the surface of the wall you want to decorate.
- Hammer finishing nails into the studs to secure the wall laminate flooring in position all along the wall.
- Consider how you want to handle your wall corners when you have laminate floor walls. Cut your laminate floor pieces down to size with straight cuts so the corners look clean and professional. It’s difficult, however, to obtain the precision cuts necessary for the entire length of the wall. If the corner is out of square or you can’t get a good clean cut, it may be better to cover the corner with corner molding, which installs over the wall laminate flooring to hide imperfections in the seam.
- Finish the installation by nailing coordinating laminate wood trim in place at the top and the bottom of the wall to hide any imperfections.
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