Laminate cut to short on Transition - Trim Issue

by John

Accidentally cut the laminate floor (grey) too short at the transition to the original hardwood floor. Putting in the transition (approx. 1.5 in wide) at this position would expose the edges of the transition as the trim and shoe molding on the adjacent would not cover it fully (baseboard and shoe molding add about 1 in to the wall).

Any ideas on how to fix this and make it look professional? Thank you!

q laminate cut to short on transition trim issue
q laminate cut to short on transition trim issue
  20 answers
  • William William on Dec 06, 2021

    Put in a wider transition molding in the doorway. Use quarter round molding against the wall. Or double up on the wall molding with shoe molding and quarter round.

  • Seth Seth on Dec 06, 2021


    There are a few things you could do. One thing is to just cut small pieces of the gray flooring and fill the gaps gluing them in place. It won't look perfect, but won't be very noticeable either. Another thing to do is use plinth blocks at the corners on both sides of the walls. You can buy them or make your own to the exact dimension you want. Your baseboard will dead end into the plinth blocks and look intentional. There's a picture from a bathroom I renovated that uses them below. They are typically used with door case molding, but don't have to be. Another solution is to use a transition strip that is wider than the doorway and cut "horns" that will cover the gaps, but it might mean having to trim the existing piece of hardwood back to be even with the wall. Are the floors at the same height or is one slightly higher than the other?

  • Seth Seth on Dec 06, 2021

    Another thought occurred to me. You could use corner blocks like this instead of plinth blocks:

  • Change the threshold piece to a wider one.

  • Dee Dee on Dec 06, 2021

    IO would use shoe molding along with the transitional molding. Floor and Decor has many different widths of molding.

  • Betsy Betsy on Dec 06, 2021

    Hi John: Can you get a wider piece of the transition molding? Or, would it be possible to get other pieces of the gray flooring? If it's like plank flooring, maybe you can get a few pieces and replace the shorter ones.

    Good luck

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Dec 07, 2021

    Just use a wider threshold piece and molding on the walls.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Dec 07, 2021

    You could add a threshold that is thin. If you can match it to the wood, you could replace the one that is there now.

  • I suggest to use a threshold piece which is wider and also thin. If possible, try to match it to the wood.

  • Valerie Valerie on Dec 07, 2021

    Maybe get a wider one to cover the error.

  • Can you take a strip of the new floor and cut it length-wise to fill the gap? Otherwise maybe a wider piece of the wood floor transition would work. I fashioned a square dowel as a thin transition which you can see here:

  • Deb K Deb K on Dec 08, 2021

    Hi John, I would try to find a filler like silicone close to the color of laminate and fill it, or use more laminate to cut and fill the gap, you can buy self adhesive seam covers like the link attached, hope this helps you

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Dec 08, 2021

    The fewer pieces/cuts/joins you have in laminate flooring at a threshold location will help to reduce the amount of chipping, catching, and peeling. For this reason, I concur with everyone who has said to replace the present transition piece with a larger one, rather than trying to fill the gap with small pieces of the laminate.

  • John John on Dec 09, 2021

    Thank you all for all the great ideas! Much appreciated! Yes, there is a high difference to the grey laminate floor of approx. 1/4in.

    I played with the idea of plinth blocks, but since I don't have a door jamb at this place in which those could flow into I was hoping to find an alternative.

    The walls will get baseboards and shoe molding as I have done it in the remainder of the room (totaling approx. 6/8in), but the thickness of those unfortunately will not cover all the gap. Quarter round would do it but look too thick compared to the rest of the room. So I will likely get a wide oak step trim, cut it slightly longer than the opening and round off the cut edges where the transition reaches into the room with the laminate (some woodworking project for the weekend). Will post my results once complete.

  • Michelle Leslie Michelle Leslie on Dec 26, 2021

    Hi John, you should be able to fill that gap with grout, which comes in many different colors. If you can't find the exact color you're after, mix a little craft paint with white grout until you have the desired color. You can buy small batches of colored at mosaic shops. Tape off the area, so the grout doesn't scratch the laminate flooring or color the hardwood floors.

  • Agnes Chrzanowska Agnes Chrzanowska on Dec 31, 2021

    i would use any trim from Shllutter system for this area

  • John John on Jan 04, 2022

    Done! I cut myself a custom reducer that extends a little bit over on the sides and into the room. Looks a little awkward, but covers up the mistakes well.

  • Seth Seth on Jan 05, 2022

    Came out nice. Good job!

  • Flipturn Flipturn on May 24, 2022

    Thanks for sharing your final results. 'Looks mighty fine. icon

  • Mogie Mogie on Dec 12, 2022

    Would adding a new piece of transisition trim that is wider work?