Asked on Feb 28, 2013

DIY laminate floor in kitchen

Diana DeileyKristin ToppingKMS Woodworks


I found a real deal on laminate flooring and want to venture laying it in my kitchen myself. there's an island and many corners and slants. could i work from the middle out and then bring in a handyman to the last parts on the perimeters of the room?
10 answers
  • No, the locking style will not allow that to happen. You need to start from one side and work across. I am down near you in Ocean Gate all next week working on a water loss project. If you wish I can show you how to do this project. Weekends also.

  • 3po3
    on Feb 28, 2013

    How large is your kitchen? The click-together laminate works best if you start on one side of the room, and go to the other side. Starting in the middle will make for a lot of extra cutting and wasted pieces around the edges. If you ask me, I think you will end up spending more on labor and material if you try to cut corners and only hire an installer for the edges. If you have the right tools, it's pretty easy to do this yourself. But if you can't finish the job, I would shop the whole thing out. Just my opinion.

  • KMS Woodworks
    on Feb 28, 2013

    I'm not much of a fan of laminate as I have yet to see some look decent after a few years. The best option for a kitchen is tile...period. I have seen dozens of hardwood and laminate installs in kitchens go bad due to a very minor spill or leak. What is your current flooring in there?

  • Dina S
    on Mar 1, 2013

    i was told by a home depot rep that any water spill on laminate must be wiped within 30 minutes. i'm back to vinyl. is there a difference between laying the larger tiles and the 12X12 tiles? also, should i go with self stick or do the gluing myself.

  • Jan T
    on Mar 1, 2013

    we installed laminate (mid price range) into our kitchen/dining area four years ago. It has held up wonderfully, even with refrigerator/water leaks and spills that no one was responsible for...:-) I wouldn't hesitate if you want the wood look but don't have the budget.

  • 3po3
    on Mar 1, 2013

    Good call, Dina. Of course, ceramic tiles are more durable, but the vinyl is fine if ceramic is not in the budget. I think the self-stick tiles work pretty well. I saw them survive a flooded water heater, just a couple of days after installation, so that made me a fan. As long as you take your time to lay them out carefully, you could do the self-stick.

  • They make a strip vinyl flooring system that looks like wood but goes down like vinyl. There are a few home shows coming up next month in NJ, if you can wait, check them out and you will find several of these systems at them.

  • KMS Woodworks
    on Mar 1, 2013

    You can find ceramic tile for less than $1 per sq foot in many places...and if you go up to $2 a foot you have even more choices. A bag of thin set runs about $8. If you are handy you can do a pretty good sized kitchen for less than $250. The bulk of tile installation costs are labor. I tiled about 150 sq feet a few days ago in a Condo project I'm working on. This was in the bedroom, the area we started first. The plan is to tile the whole place (about 850 sq feet in total).

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  • Kristin Topping
    on Jun 26, 2015

    It is really a nice idea to install a laminate floor in kitchen.I appreciate your all insightful ideas and thoughts.Today's laminate floors offer the look of real wood witheasy installation and can give a new look to your kitchen.For this job if you consult local commerical flooring company you can explore more innovative ideas in within your resource. Nice post.

  • Diana Deiley
    on Mar 30, 2016

    Go for it! It's your home. But it wouldn't hurt to ask the floor guys at your local flooring company for some pointers. Have fun.

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