DIY Laminate Flooring Installation

A DIY laminate flooring installation can be a fun project if you have the right tools, materials and skills. Armstrong has all the DIY resources you need to get started with confidence.

Laminate floors have the same great look as hardwood floors yet are designed and engineered for easy installation. Armstrong laminate floors with Lock&Fold® technology are perfect for DIY installations. With Lock&Fold laminate floors, no glue or nails are required – you simply “lock” and “fold”.

If you’re new to DIY or have never installed DIY laminate flooring, Armstrong has all the resources online to get you started – from installation videos and detailed instructions to materials checklists and even a skill level assessment.

Starting a DIY laminate flooring project

  • Browse through laminate flooring products and, as you’re imagining how beautiful your new floor will look, keep in mind that some laminate products are easier to install than others. Tip: The Armstrong flooring website gives you the option to select laminate products by DIY level.
  • DIY Beginner? Intermediate? Experienced? If you’re not sure, go to the DIY Flooring Skill Assessment page to get an idea of your level of ability in terms of completing a DIY laminate flooring installation. If you’re still not sure what’s involved, take a look at a short, animated installation overview for Lock&Fold that demonstrates a simple DIY laminate flooring installation from start to finish. Tip: Select any laminate product, click on the installation tab and look for the “DEMO” section at the bottom.
  • Next, go to the DIY Laminate Flooring center section to brush up on any DIY topics that interest you. Here you’ll find checklists for materials and tools, laminate installation guides, floor care and more.
  • After making your laminate flooring selection, visit the Armstrong Guaranteed Installation Guide page to download the installation guidelines for your product. This document will tell you all the necessary materials and tools you’ll need, plus what prep work needs to be done. Remember that Armstrong Lock&Fold laminate floors are known as "floating floors" because they're not physically attached to the subfloor. They can be installed over ceramic, concrete, vinyl or plywood. The installation options available to you will vary depending on the laminate floor you choose and the subfloor in the room where it will be installed.
  • To finish the job, you’ll need coordinated trims and moldings, so don’t forget to add these to your DIY laminate flooring project checklist.

Installing DIY laminate flooring is a great project for the beginner and experienced DIYer alike. So, if you’ve been thinking, “I can install a laminate floor myself!”, follow the steps outlined above, get out the knee pads and get going!