Nuances when laying the laminate diagonally
Intensive development takes place not only in the segment of production of finishing materials, but also in the field of their application. For example, everyone has long known that laminate flooring is a quality floor covering that attracts with its beauty, excellent properties and ease of installation. But for those who want to bring some zest to the interior, a touch that can emphasize the individuality of the situation, you can advise a simple way of decoration, for the implementation of which it is enough to learn how to lay the laminate diagonally. Among other things, diagonal laying visually increases the volume of the room, which is very important in the light of the constant lack of coveted square meters.
- Set of necessary tools
- Prelaunch surface preparation
- How to lay a laminate diagonally
- Nuances of diagonal styling
- How to cut the edge panel
- How to join a row of laminate
Set of necessary tools
In order not to be distracted from installation work once again, you must first worry about the availability of the following tools:
- a hammer;
- tape measures, pencil, rulers;
- a bar for tamping a laminate;
- spacer wedges for gaps.
Prelaunch surface preparation
Laying the laminate diagonally, as well as other installation methods, requires the preparation of the base. It is necessary to level the floor, remove debris, sawdust, small pebbles. For leveling, it is recommended to use special self-leveling mixtures, which are easy to use and allow you to achieve a perfectly flat surface. It will not be superfluous to sweep the floor, and only then begin to strengthen with a primer. Then the surface is covered with cellophane, on which the substrate or cork sheets are laid.
It is important! The difference in height should not be more than 2 mm / m2.
Before laying, the laminate needs to be kept in the room for several days. This will help prevent swelling and shrinkage..
How to lay a laminate diagonally
So, when the preparatory phase is completed, you can proceed directly to the main thing – installation.
It is necessary to choose the direction of the course of finishing work. Optimal in this situation is the choice of an angle of 35-45 degrees. For example, our room has dimensions of 3×4 meters, the direction is selected at 45 degrees. Installation will be carried out using panels 1380×156 mm.
Between the walls and edges of the laminate panels, 10 mm thick wedges should be laid, which are then removed. Wedges installed on one side will not allow the laminate to adhere completely to the wall and form a temperature joint.
The very first three panels are adjusted to the natural angle, as an angle between the walls of 90 degrees is a rarity. We lay three rows, orient the resulting layer and begin marking and cutting. When cutting, make sure that the cut piece is the beginning of a new row.
The main difference from traditional direct styling is that the first panel of each new row will have to be selected separately. In this case, it is necessary to control that the end joints between the rows do not coincide. The laminate is laid in a checkerboard pattern. When passing parallel walls, laying is done so that the last beam of one row becomes automatically the first beam of another.
Do not miss the moment when the walls begin to narrow, as then laying is carried out in turn, when the end from one layer goes automatically to the beginning on the opposite side. It turns out, according to the ending pattern, the panels 24, 27 and 29, located from the main rows on the right, will be used as the beginning of the opposite rows 24a, 27a, 29a. Similarly, we put the 32, 34 and 36 rows on the left, their endings will serve as the beginning of the next three rows 32a, 34a, 36a on the other side.
It is important! When working with a laminate of the brands Kronotex, Berry Floor, Tarkett, Witex, Pergo, it is necessary to take into account individual characteristics of the product, such as, for example, the requirements for displacement, the design of the lock, size. If there are difficulties in joining, it is recommended to lay the panels in rows, alternating the assembly of short and long locks.
If everything is done correctly, then for laying a room of 3×4 m, we need 56 panels (1380×156 mm), which will be 12,056 sq.m. laminate / 12 sq. m. floor.
Nuances of diagonal styling
Diagonal laying has some features that you need to consider when installing.
How to cut the edge panel
We measure the distance to the wall, not forgetting the temperature seam. Transfer this size to the panel. We measure the distance on the opposite side. We hold the whole panel near so as not to deviate from the line. Mark the length on the laminate sheet. We connect the resulting points. It is better to cut with a jigsaw from the wrong side, which will prevent chips on the front surface.
How to join a row of laminate
To stack the row, connect all the end locks. Insert one panel into another at an angle and snap the lock onto the floor. Connect so all the panels of the row. Now you need to combine the long sides, and the longer the row, the more difficult it is to snap it. The technique is the same.
Raise the opposite edge a little, insert the beam into the lock and click it on the floor. Shake the panel slightly so that it finds a position. It is better to perform these manipulations with an assistant.
And to present the installation process more clearly, you can watch the video below, which will solve all the difficulties and help to implement laminate installation diagonally fast and easy.
Laying the laminate diagonally – video