How can I lay laminate flooring on just the perimeter of the floor?


I want to lay laminate flooring on the perimeter of my floor and put carpeting in the middle. I don’t have enough of either to do the whole floor, going for large rug on wood floor look. How do I lay the flooring without it buckling as it’ll likely only one plank and short ends. Planning on doing this in living room and connecting hallway.

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  • Esuite Esuite on Aug 10, 2019

    Get a good quality laminate and you can use liquid nails in it. I think you can also use it on the carped edge tokeep from using tack strips which stick your feet when stepping on it. At least that is what I would do. I’m not a professional just another DIYer

  • William William on Aug 10, 2019

    Liquid Nails. Locktite Power Grab, or any good construction adhesive to glue the flooring down.

  • Pat Pat on Aug 10, 2019

    Laminate flooring needs room to expand and even though you are using just one piece it still needs room to expand....our installer left room under the quarter-round which is all around the room's perimeter.

  • Rymea Rymea on Aug 11, 2019

    If I understand this right, you are going to lay a strip of flooring one plank wide against the wall all the way from one end of the room to the other then carpet the middle of the room. If the flooring is only one plank wide it isn't going to buckle width wise. You just need to keep it about 1/4" from the wall at the ends where it meets the walls. Usually the ends are covered by the quarter round. I would glue all the seams of the flooring strips together with laminate floor glue intended for that purpose. I don't think you should use any kind of permanent adhesive underneath since you will probably want to change it someday. Use double face carpet tape under the carpet.

  • Lyn Lyn on Aug 11, 2019

    This is along the lines of the other answers and I thank everyone for their advice.

    Think im going to go with the partial glue on the flooring and tape on the carpet. Living room carpet doesn’t move, but hallway carpet does.

    I’ll try to remember to post pictures when I’m done.