No matter what type of wood flooring you’re planning to install, fitting that wood flooring around corners is likely to pose you a challenge. If you’ve selected solid wood or engineered wood flooring and are planning a DIY wood flooring installation, you’re likely to be able (with a bit of skill of course) to rattle through the main part of the room reasonably quickly. Like any DIY job however, the impact of the end result depends to a large extent on the finishing touches.
Fitting wooden floors both solid wood and engineered wood around corners, calls for some planning, patience and skill. In new houses, it is likely that corners, in most cases, will be neat, 90-degree affairs, but in old houses, or renovation projects, the corners are likely to be less uniform.
One thing that is important to establish is that the guidelines for inside corners and outside corners are unlikely to be the same. It’s also essential to ascertain if the wood is going to run alongside the corner or if it’s going to go around it. What’s more, with not all corners a exact 90-degrees, it’s of paramount importance that you take care when planning how you will fit your wooden floor around a corner.
So, once you’ve established whether you’re dealing with an inside or an outside corner, whether the wood should run along or around the corner and the angle of the corner, you should be in a good position to plan your attack.
If you’re taking your flooring through a passage way and looking to butt two sections of wood flooring together, you’re going to need to make two 90 degree cuts to envelop the corner and allow the planks to run in the same direction in each room. On the other hand, if you are seeking to create a visual effect, you may decide to mitre the wood and butt it around the corner at 45 degree angles.
When it comes to dealing with any odd shaped angles, it’s a good idea to make a paper template of the corner you’re cutting. A paper template will allow you to mark the exact shape on the plank and cut your wood with confidence. A top tip when making your paper template is to tape the paper to your original floor so it doesn’t slip while you are making your markings. Once you are confident that you have marked your corner accurately, remove the paper; make your cuts and double check that it’s a neat fit around your corner. Working this way will help make fitting wooden floors around corners a much simpler task.Google+