Laminate flooring in a 1m squared room

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Looking for some tips please, I’m planning to lay laminate in my front lobby, the room is only 1m squared.

Would it be best to lay the flooring wide ways or length ways? Or is it just down to personal preference.

And also should I be staggering the boards in a room that small? As the boards are obviously longer than the room itself, it means a lot cutting to get the boards to stagger. TIA
 

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Yes, you do need to stagger the joins, or it will tend to hinge where the joins are if all in a line.
 
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Yes, you do need to stagger the joins, or it will tend to hinge where the joins are if all in a line.
If there will only be joins in the "horizontal" direction due to the small size of the room, then there is no need to add further "vertical" joints as they will serve no purpose - the "horizontal" joints will still be there and the "vertical" joints won't offer any benefit. It would be like cutting bricks in half to strengthen a wall.

Also, lay the boards parallel with the door openings so that foot traffic has less of an effect on the joints.
 
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