Laying laminate on an old wooden floor - this is how it works

You can lay an easy-care laminate on an old, unsightly wooden floor. The wooden floor does not necessarily have to be removed for this. However, good footfall sound insulation is mandatory. Depending on the substrate under the wooden floor, a vapor barrier may also have to be incorporated so that the old wooden floor cannot be damaged by moisture.

Lay the laminate on the wooden floor step by step

  • Japanese saw
  • Table saw (159.00 € at Amazon *)
  • Jigsaw
  • Pull bar
  • Bat
  • Rubber mallet
  • Folding rule
  • Plastic wedges
  • pencil
  • Impact sound insulation
  • Laminate
  • possibly glue
  • Vapor barrier
  • Skirting boards
  • Orifices for pipe outlets
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1. Prepare the ground

The old skirting boards should be removed before you can lay a new laminate floor. You should also cut the door frames and the doors themselves to length before you later use them to scratch the laminate. Floating laminate tends to squeak on the door frame later if it is not cut to length.

2. Lay out impact sound

Use a particularly strong and highly compressed version of footfall sound insulation if you want to lay laminate on floorboards. Glue the footfall sound insulation together well so that it does not slip when it is laid. The impact sound insulation must not overlap, but must be laid end to end.

3. Laying laminate

Check beforehand which laying direction you want to choose. It is ideal if you align the laminate lengthways to the window. However, depending on the position of the radiators, this can be difficult. In any case, the first row of laminate should be adjusted to the unevenness of the wall. To do this, connect the panels for the first row with the click function. Then lay this row on the wall and use a spacer and a pen to transfer any irregularities or waves that may be present. Then cut these out with the jigsaw.

Then secure the panels with the wedges at the appropriate distance from the wall. You should also insert a wedge on each side. Plastic wedges may not match the wood in style, but they last longer and are much more resistant.

The end piece that you cut off at the end of the row can be used as the first piece in the next row. However, you should only do this if it is more than 8 inches long. Shorter pieces start to rock slightly and then break out. In the last row, you should again transfer the unevenness to the row of panels before you insert them.

4th. Attach panels and skirting boards

As a beginner, you should always buy the covers for diffusers to match the laminate. You should also buy the inside and outside corners of the skirting board as finished pieces. This is usually cheaper than cutting the skirting boards incorrectly several times with the miter box.

Tips & Tricks If the individual plank has become round over time, this structure will later appear on the laminate. Such an old plank floor should be brought to a uniform level beforehand with a leveling compound (€ 19.95 at Amazon *). There are different ways of doing this, depending on the substructure the boards have and how strong the deformations are.