Installing Laminate Flooring For The First Time // Home Renovation
How to Cut Laminate Flooring
If you are doing a laminate flooring installation that only requires making straight cuts, you will need a circular saw. You might be able to get by with a handsaw for a small job. If you also need to cut laminate flooring in a curve, such as around pipes coming out of the floor or pillars, you'll need a jigsaw. Learn how to do both these methods by scrolling down to Step 1.
Make Straight Cuts
Use a circular saw or a handsaw with at least 18 teeth per inch to avoid chipping it.
Mark the line on the laminate flooring.Make a small mark on the edge of the laminate, so you know where to cut or use a chalk pencil to draw your measurement line across the face of the laminate. You can easily wipe the chalk off the surface after you are done cutting.
Leave the laminate facing right-side-up and cut it with a circular saw or handsaw.
Cut Curved Shapes
Choose a jigsaw with a standard blade or one with a laminate flooring jigsaw blade with fine teeth.The fine teeth will allow you to cut the laminate flooring face up without chipping it.
Make a paper pattern to help you make curved cuts and avoid wasting laminate flooring.
- Hold a piece of paper around the pillar or pipes and trace around the objects.
- Cut out the paper pattern, and then lay it back down to test for accuracy. This may take a few attempts to get the exact shape you want the laminate to be. Once you can successfully place the pattern around the obstacle, you're ready to draw the shape onto the laminate flooring.
Cut out the curved shape.
- With a standard jigsaw blade, flip the laminate plank upside down. Place the pattern on the backside of the laminate, making sure to flip the pattern, so your cut laminate is positioned to come out correctly when the plank is flipped face up. Hold the jigsaw vertical, so the blade runs smoothly from one edge of the laminate to the other.
- If cutting the laminate face up, place painter's tape on the laminate along the pattern to keep it from chipping. Mark the cut line on top of the tape and cut with a jigsaw with a special blade.
QuestionHow short do I cut the planks to offset them? Are they offset at the same length, or do I have to cut them at variable lengths?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerCut one in half, and use it as your first board, then complete that row. Start next row with a full plank, and the third row with a half-plank, etc.Thanks!
QuestionCan I cut laminate after it is laid using an oscillating multi tool? I require one straight cut across a doorway.wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerMake a shallow plunge cut with the segmented blade held against a guide, then sweep left-right to deepen the cut. To reduce burning, slowly rotate the blade in the cut, use a slow or medium setting and stop frequently. Keep a hand under the head of the tool to control depth; you should feel when you reach the underlay. Use the corner ends of the disk to cut sideways near the walls. You may need to finish the ends with a sharp chisel.Thanks!
How do I cut an oblong shape in laminate flooring for sockets?
To cut laminate flooring, measure and mark the laminate's surface so you know where to cut, then use a circular saw or a handsaw with at least 18 teeth per inch to make straight cuts. If you need to make curved cuts, create a paper pattern first and place the pattern over the laminate to ensure accuracy when you're cutting. Then, use a jigsaw with a standard blade to cut out the curved shape!
- Cut laminate flooring in a different room or outside whenever possible. The dust from cutting can scratch the floor you already have in place.
- Remember most cut laminate edges are hidden by molding or trim at the edges of a room, so tiny abrasions on the laminate from cutting can be covered easily.
- Put painter’s tape over the cut you’re going to make. Make the cut and then remove the tape.
- Wear protective goggles and ear plugs or muffs while you cut laminate flooring. Also use a face mask to avoid breathing in the fine dust created from sawing laminate flooring.
Things You'll Need
Circular saw or handsaw
Chalk or pencil
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