Attempting laminate flooring for the first time – a couple of questions before I start! via /r/DIY


Attempting laminate flooring for the first time – a couple of questions before I start!

Hi, first of all, please excuse the plasterboard, wood and paint on the floor [link: https://i.imgur.com/U9eTqOi.jpg ]!

I'm going to lay some laminate and I've watched about fifteen videos so I know some of the basics (to check the floor is level, lay membrane, lay underlayerment, take the skirting boards off, cut into the door frame etc), however I'm not sure:

1) Where to lay the first board. I'm planning on laying a t-bar and threshold into the downstairs toilet (top left) and the kitchen (right) so I imagine that i want to avoid having a thin board, then a threshold, then another thin board in the kitchen say. Contrary to my own common sense, would lay the kitchen tbar, and cut and lay the first board in the doorway going into the kitchen to ensure I don't have a thin board going into the kitchen?

Or would I measure the depth of cut I need into the kitchen doorway, and factor it in when I lay the first board in the top right?

(As a side note, that would risk a thin board at the threshold of the downstairs toilet.)

2) I wanted to avoid beading, however going to the front door, I imagine after leaving the expansion gap (as I can't cut into the door and put the laminate board underneath it) that it's unavoidable in this one instance?

Thank you, I think I was a bit wordy but hopefully that makes sense. If there's any glaring issues it feels like I might have or mistakes I sound like I might make, please let me know. Thanks very much in advance.

Submitted March 21, 2021 at 02:12PM by player_zero_
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