A new wooden floor can make all the difference to your freshly decorated room or new extension. But the question we often get asked is ‘what is the best way to lay wooden flooring?’

Well, obviously hiring a professional is a great way to make sure the job is done properly, with minimal fuss (…and we can recommend lots of great companies and sole traders who do this).

But if you are looking to lay your wood flooring yourself, here are our top five tips for laying wooden flooring using an adhesive.

  1. Remember to acclimatise your new floor
    Wooden flooring is particularly susceptible to moisture, and can expand with both heat and damp. So, we would always recommend storing your new wood flooring in the room it is to be laid for at least a week before laying it.

  2. Prepare your subfloor before glueing
    Wood Flooring can be glued down using an adhesive applied directly to a concrete or wooden subfloor. If you are applying the wooden floorboards over a concrete floor, make sure it is clean, dry, level, smooth and free of structural defects before laying the new floor. If you are laying on a wooden subfloor, you will need to lay a plywood base over this, to give you a smooth and level surface on which to apply the adhesive.

  3. Start on the longest wall
    Begin laying your wooden floor along the longest wall, placing the wood directly onto the adhesive and pressing down hard. [Please note, Parquet Flooring is laid differently. Keep an eye out for another article on how to lay this flooring.]

  4. Make sure the sides are pressed closely together
    When laying your floor, make sure each wooden floorboard is laid closely together. Remember to wipe away any excess adhesive before it dries

  5. Leave an expansion gap around the perimeter
    It is important to leave a 10mm expansion gap around the perimeter of the room and in doorways where the floor goes from one room to another. After you have finished laying your wooden floor, the perimeter gap can be covered with a new skirting board.

Bedford Timber stocks a large range of hard and soft wooden flooring and adhesives. Take a look at our Flooring page and our Shop Products page to find out more, or give one of our team a call or pop into our Bedford or St Neots depot and have a look for yourself.

Please not this article is for advice only and Bedford Timber takes no responsibility for the laying or results of individual projects.