Measure the perimeter of the room where the laminate floor meets the walls, noting the length of each wall and whether the wall ends in an inside corner or an outside corner. Measure each doorway where the laminate floor meets another flooring material, noting what type of flooring it meets and whether or not the floors are even in height.
Cut quarter-round molding to the wall measurements, using a miter box and saw to angle each end to either an inside or outside angle as needed.
Nail the molding into place, using finishing nails and taking care to angle the nails into the subfloor rather than the wall base molding or the laminate flooring.
Countersink the heads of the finishing nails, using a hammer and nail punch to drive the nail heads just below the surface of the molding.
Cover the sunken nails with finishing putty, taking care to smooth the surface of each patch so that it is uniform with the rest of the molding.
Cut each transition piece and its metal frame to the measurement of the doorway where it will be laid, using a miter box and saw for the transition and a hacksaw for the metal frame.
Install the metal frame in the doorway, according to the specifications of the brand of laminate you have purchased. Typically, the metal is installed 1/4 inch from the edge of the laminate floor; if the laminate is meeting a hardwood floor or another laminate floor there should be another 1/4-inch gap between the metal frame piece and the second floor as well. Screw the frame into place with the screws provided in the transition kit.
Snap the transition piece into the metal frame by pressing one side into the frame and then pushing down evenly along the transition until it is fully seated. Your laminate floor is now fully edged.
Things You Will Need
- Measuring tape
- Quarter-round molding, length to match perimeter of room and finished as desired
- Finish nails
- Nail punch
- Finishing putty to match color of molding
- Transitional pieces as needed
- Miter box and saw
- Vertical obstacles should be trimmed the same as walls.
- Transition pieces used depend on the type of floor that the laminate is being joined to. For example, T-molding will join two laminates, hardwood or tile that is at the same level as the new floor. Carpet reducer is used when meeting carpet, and reducer molding is used when meeting a hard surface that is lower than the laminate. Thresholds are used when the laminate ends at an exterior door.