If you are considering remodeling your home, installing hardwood floors can improve the overall look of a room. Installing your own hardwood floor can be a cost effective way to update the look of your home and a great reason to get rid of that old, stained carpet. Read our post below for some helpful tips and a full tutorial to make your own hardwood floor.
The first step involved in a hardwood flooring installation is to remove everything in the room. Take out all the furniture, the carpet, the pad, any staples, and carefully remove the baseboards. You are going to want to remove the baseboards if you plan on painting but be careful not to rip the paper off the drywall while you are removing the baseboards.
If you are planning on painting the room that you are installing new floors in, paint beforehand. This will avoid any drips onto your new floors. Paint your walls and ceilings and make sure to let them dry completely. Now, level out your floor by sanding any high spots you may have. Take advantage of your exposed floor and screw down any squeaky sub floor boards you find.
Next, you will want to clean your floors and by this I mean really clean them! Sweep and vacuum and sweep again. You don’t want to end up with a brand new floor with a little rock underneath. If this means keeping the dog or kids or maybe even your spouse out of the room, then so be it. You will want to have a nice smooth surface when you go to lay down your new floor.
Before you place your floor, you’ll want to start with an under-lament. Follow the directions on the under-lament because this can be quite the investment and you don’t want to mess it up. Be careful not to let any of the glue dry on the floor before you lay your under-lament. It may help to keep a wet washcloth on hand at all times.
To being laying the flooring, you’ll want to start with the longest wall in the far left-hand corner. Don’t forget to use spacers to allow for the floor to expand. You can use painters tape to keep your spacers in place in between the wood panels. Set the first wood panel tongue side against the wall with the groove side facing out. Add spacers between the flooring and the wall.
Here comes the fun part, lay the rest of your wood panels side by side with spacers and painters tape. Depending upon the size of your room, this step can take a long time. We recommend that you do it in steps, maybe do 1/4th of your room and then take a cocktail break and so on and so forth. If you decide to tackle this remodeling project, be sure to take photos, you’ll be amazed at your results.
If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, feel free to do so in the comment section below. Thanks for reading and thank you to remodelaholic for the inspiration behind this post!