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Plan your room

Our helpful guide takes you through the planning process of laying a floor yourself step-by-step. From deciding which direction to lay your flooring to choosing the right underlay and accessories, you’ll find all the information you need to successfully plan your room.


Deciding on the best layout

Deciding which direction to lay your flooring can affect the look and feel of the space.

Floorboard joints less visible
To make joints less visible, lay your flooring towards the main source of natural light.
Narrow room
If you want to make a narrow room like a hallway feel wider, lay the boards across the room so they are perpendicular to the longest walls.
Parallel floor boards
If you want to make a room appear longer, lay the boards parallel to the longest walls.

Laminate and Wooden floor boards

If you have laminate or wooden floors in an adjoining room, it’s best to lay your new boards in the same direction for a consistent look.

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#WickesTips

As laminate flooring is manmade, the pattern on your boards will be repeated at some point.
Mix up the boards from your different packs to ensure you get a more random, natural look.

Choosing the right kind of flooring

Suitability Installation Method
Flooring type Guarantee Heavy DomesticBusy areas, living rooms & bedrooms Light Commercial Kitchens & Bathrooms Compatible with underfloor heating Twin Clic system Rapid fit system
Laminate 6 & 7mm 10-12 years
Laminate 8mm 15 years
Laminate 12mm 20 years

*Only tile effect 8mm laminate can be used in kitchens and bathrooms.

Installation methods

The technique to fit flooring with the Twin Clic system differs slightly to flooring with the Rapid Fit system. Rapid Fit is faster and easier to fit on your own, especially when you are covering a large area. Another installation method is a simple tongue and groove mechanism, whereby one plank slots into the next. All are straightforward and do not need gluing or nailing (you should never glue or nail down a laminate floor).


Selecting the correct underlay and damp proof membrane

Selecting the right underlay and damp proof membrane (DPM) for the type of flooring and room setting is crucial. Never use carpet underlay under laminate flooring. Carpet and vinyl flooring will need to be lifted before you lay your floor. Take a look at our underlay page to learn more


Deciding on the trims you need

Skirting or trim?

There are two options when it comes to the finish around your floor: skirting or trim. Using skirting will give the most professional finish but you will need to lift existing skirting before you install your flooring. You can either reinstall it afterwards or replace it with new skirting (skirting needs to be at least 15mm thick in order to cover expansion gaps). Using trim is an easier option as it fits directly against existing skirting.

Threshold bars and pipe surrounds

At door openings, you should use a matching threshold bar to cover expansion gaps and to neatly finish the flooring. In situations where the floor is longer or wider than 8 metres, perhaps where a living room and dining room are open plan, you should leave an intermediate 10mm expansion gap at a suitable location and cover it with a flat threshold strip. Fit pipe surrounds to neatly cover gaps around radiator pipes.


Measuring your room

Square or rectangular rooms

Square or rectangular rooms

Start by measuring the width of your room at the widest points then do the same with the length. Multiply the two numbers and that will give you the area of the room in m².

L-shaped rooms

L-shaped rooms

Divide the room into rectangles and measure each one individually (see square or rectangular rooms) then add them all together to get the entire m² area.

Calculate how much you need

Calculate how much you need

Once you have your total area, you will need to look at the pack size of your flooring to see how much area each pack covers. Then, divide your total m² by the pack size to give you the amount of packs to buy.

Measure for finishing touches

Measure for finishing touches

Measure the perimeter of the room for any trim needed and the doorways for threshold bars.