Laminate Flooring - How to stagger

4 Jan 2011
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I am in the process of putting down some laminate flooring and I wanted some advice on how to stagger the laminate flooring.

The room takes 3 lengths of the laminate flooring (1.28m) and then needs an end piece of around 10cm, I have read it is not ideal to finish on a piece this small.

Can you advise the best way to stagger the boards?

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Just cut a board in half or thereabouts, when you lay a strip, you start the next strip with the piece that was left over.
I tried that, but i ended up with an end piece that was fairly similar in size to the first piece I used, is this a problem?
On the first board of the first row, saw about 10-20cm off from the side which goes against the wall. When when you come to fit the first row, your last piece should be about 20-30cm long. Use the remainder of that length of laminate to start second row.
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if its in a doorway or other highwear area then worry a bit :D
if its in general then dont worry but avoid any joint within 300mm/12" off another
as said start another run with a part cut board to give a 300mm plus overlap mid board
you may even need to start a third board but unliky
as said start the next row with the off cut from the last or row before

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