DIY Parquet Flooring Installation: Tips and Tricks

Last updated on March 26, 2024

With its intricate patterns and durable construction, parquet flooring adds timeless elegance and warmth to any space. It’s often best to hire a professional to install your floors due to the complexity of parquet, but if you’re confident enough in your skills, then tackling it yourself can be a rewarding and cost-effective endeavour.  

Gather Your Materials and Tools

Gather Your Materials and Tools

Before you can start, you need to make sure you’ve got everything you need.  

The main material is the parquet flooring you plan to put down – without it, you won’t get very far! Make sure you’ve got the right adhesive for your flooring too. 

From there, you’ll want a trowel, a chalk line, a tape measure, a mitre saw, safety goggles, knee pads, gloves, a rubber mallet, a notched trowel, spaces and a level. 

Prepare the Subfloor

The key to a successful parquet installation is to properly prepare the subfloor. Start by cleaning the subfloor, freeing it of any dirt and debris, before checking that it’s dry and level.  

Make sure to repair any cracks or imperfections; use a levelling compound to even out any uneven areas if necessary.  

Acclimate the Flooring

Acclimate the Flooring

It’s important to allow the parquet flooring planks to acclimate to the temperature and humidity of the room. Leaving it for at least 48 hours before installation. This will help to prevent warping or buckling once the flooring has been installed.  

Plan Your Layout

You can’t just install your floor without a plan. Especially not when its parquet, which requires meticulous and precise planning to achieve the pattern you want.  

Start by finding the centre of the room and use a chalk line to create guidelines for your flooring. Before you commit to installing your flooring, consider dry fitting several rows along the guidelines to ensure the pattern fits and aligns properly.  

Apply the Adhesive

Working in small sections, you’ll want to apply adhesive to the subfloor using a notched trowel. Make sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions to ensure that you’re applying the adhesive properly. You’ll also want to work quickly and efficiently as some adhesives have a limited window before they dry. 

Begin Installation

You’ll want to start in the centre of your room. Laying the parquet planks along the guidelines; don’t forget to use spacers to keep consistent spacing between them. Press each plank firmly into the adhesive to ensure a secure bond.  

Cut Planks as Needed

When you inevitably run into some obstacles such as doorways or corners, use a mitre saw to cut the planks. Make sure to measure twice to ensure accuracy, allowing the piece to fit perfectly. Don’t forget to wear safety goggles and gloves when cutting to protect your eyes from debris and your fingers.  

Continue Installation

From the centre of the room, work outwards. Laying planks row by row and using a rubber mallet to gently tap them into place, ensuring they fit together nicely. Periodically check with a level to ensure the floor has remained flat and even.  

Fill in the Gaps

You’ll likely need to cut the planks as you near the edges of the room to make sure they fit. Like before, make sure to measure accurately and check before you cut the pieces to fill in the gaps along the wall. Don’t forget to use spacers! This will help you maintain a consistent gap between the floor and the wall.  

Allow Adhesive to Cure

Once you’ve laid all the parquet flooring down, allow the adhesive to cure according to the manufacturer’s guidelines. Typically, this takes 24 to 48 hours. Make sure to avoid walking on the floor during this time to prevent shifting or damaging the planks.  

Remove Spacers and Clean Up

After the adhesive has fully cured, carefully remove the spacers. You can use a damp cloth to wipe away any excess adhesive from the surface of the flooring too.  

Apply a Finish

This depends on the type of parquet flooring you’ve installed as some floors require a finish to protect the surface and enhance the appearance. Make sure to follow the recommendations for the appropriate finish and application method. 

Maintain Your New Floor

The job isn’t finished just because you’ve finished installing your new floor. To keep your parquet flooring looking its best, you need to sweep or vacuum it regularly to remove dirt and debris. Avoid using harsh cleaners or abrasive tools that could damage the surface. You should apply a protective finish every once in a while, to keep the floor looking fresh too! 

DIY Parquet Flooring Installation

By following these steps and using the right tools and techniques, you can achieve professional-looking results with your DIY parquet flooring installation. Remember to pay attention to detail and remain patient, you’ll be able to enjoy the beauty and durability of your new floor for years to come!

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