Everyone wants that gorgeous hardwood floor, but, sadly, the price isn't right for everyone.
Fortunately, you do have another option: a laminate floor.
The timber-look imitation, often known as 'floating floor boards', can be very effective when done correctly.
While there are people you can hire to do the laying for you, the boards are easy enough to lay yourself.
Here are Shaynna's top tips:
- Buy the best quality boards within your price range. Also, don't skim on the underlay! If you're laying the floor upstairs, it will reduce the noise in the rooms below, as well as provide great cushioning.
- Put effort into preparing the surface you are covering. Make sure there aren't any cracked tiles or rotten boards, 'high spots', or debris.
- When it's time to lay the boards, leave a 10mm gap from the wall before laying your first board. This gives the boards space to expand depending on the weather.
- Stagger the boards! It looks better and will make your floor stronger.