How to Transition From Tile to Laminate

A wooden threshold covers the seam where two different floors meet.
Install a threshold where laminate flooring meets tile.Install a threshold where laminate flooring meets tile.
A threshold is not only attractive, but it also protects the floor edges from wear and tear and removes a tripping hazard. The type of threshold you'll need depends on the relative heights of the two floors. T-moldings join two floors of equal height, while reducer strips and overlap reducers join unequal floors. Reducers are sloped, so there is not a pronounced step between rooms.

Step 1

Examine the space where the two floors meet, and determine if the floors are the same height. If it isn't obvious, place a level over the transition. Measure the difference in height, if any, and use the appropriate threshold.

Step 2

Measure the width of the doorway or room opening where the two floors come together, using a tape measure. Cut a piece of scrap wood to 1/16 inch less than that measurement with a hacksaw. Lay the scrap wood in place and adjust the measurements if the scrap wood seems too short or too long.

Step 3

Cut the threshold to the correct measurement with a hacksaw.

Step 4

Put the threshold in place. If you are using a T-molding, fit the bottom part of the T in between the two floors.

Step 5

Drive screws through the center of the threshold and into the subfloor below, using a power drill.

Things You Will Need

  • Level
  • Measuring tape
  • Hacksaw
  • Thin scrap wood
  • Threshold
  • Power drill
  • Screws

About the Author

Jen Anderson has been writing professionally since 2008. Her work has appeared in the "New York Times," "Time Out Chicago" and "The Villager." She has a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from Brooklyn College.