Per’s Best Tips On Laying Hardwood Flooring Yourself
A few weeks ago I mentioned we needed a new wood floor in our open-plan living, kitchen and dining room. Thank you so much to everyone who shared their thoughts on which floor to go for – we loved reading all your comments, they were so helpful! After much deliberation, we decided to go for the Cured Oak LYBY wide plank (28 cm), with a rustic, white matte lacquer finish from Swedish brand Bjelin. We felt the wide plank fitted well with our modern townhouse and loved the light tone with a subtle yet lively, natural rustic touch (being a naturally dark room we were keen to brighten it up as much as possible). The cured wood is also known for being incredibly strong and hard wearing – perfect with the crazies around! Here’s a close-up:
Rather than get someone in to install the floor professionally, we (or perhaps I should say Per!) decided it would be more fun to do it ourselves. With the work well underway, I thought it could be interesting to ask Per a little more about the workings of a wood floor, how difficult they are to lay and whether he’d recommend it!
Have you ever laid a wood floor before?
Our wood floor came with a step-by-step installation instruction sheet. I also find YouTube tutorials helpful – especially when dealing with trickier areas.
How do you prep a room before laying the floor?
2. Remove the skirting boards and mark the back of them with a pencil so you know exactly where they were (it can be tricky to remember otherwise which can be time consuming later on).
3. Remove old flooring
4. If you’re lucky there’ll be an underlay already in place, if not you’ll need to lay one.
5. Give the surface a clean.
Do you have any advice for anyone laying a wood floor for the first time?
Did you make any errors this time?
Not really. A professional floor layer would probably have made a cleaner job around the radiators, but I found that a special filler matching the tone of the wood did wonders to cover up any imperfections!
How long did it take for you to lay the floor?
Around 3-4 days in total. And no doubt 3-4 years to finish the details (like repainting the skirting boards etc!).
Did you learn anything for next time?
Next time? Are you plotting something Niki?
After removing the skirting boards and old floor, I’d give the walls and ceilings a fresh lick of paint before I lay the new floor.
Any final words to anyone considering laying a wood floor?
What do you reckon, do you recognise this from laying your own wood floor? If so, perhaps you have some more tips to share with us. If you’re about to get a new wood floor and considering laying it yourself, I hope this has given you the confidence to dive in!
I can’t wait to show you the final results next Sunday!