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Laminate Flooring Installation // Tiny Apartment Build – Ep.2

Spoiler alert: this has lots of mistakes and
I should probably tell you that this isn’t by far a tutorial on how to apply laminate
flooring. This is just my naive experience but I hope
you can still learn something from it. What made it most challenging was the fact
that the space doesn’t have any 90 degree corners and by saying that I mean, really
nothing close to 90 degrees. This is a completely annoying trapezoid and
the closest to 90 degrees this has is the bathroom corner which is totally useless to
start applying flooring because you need a long wall to begin. But well, so far what I’ve been doing was
cleaning the floor and repairing some holes on the concrete. Since I was like 4 years old, I always loved
to see cement being mixed and used to wait for construction workers to turn their back
so I could go there and stick a finger onto it or actually ask them can I do a little,
please? while my heart was pumping hard. Of course most of the times they would say
No and I would sit back and silently cry for a few minutes but hey, let’s just get back
to this installation. So, Joana was helping me here and we made
a reference line on the floor that will separate the laminate flooring from the ceramic area
that will be installed later. We started by laying down some plastic sheet
to prevent moisture but this was probably not essential since this is located at the
top of the building. But if you’re working on a street level
or cave room, you definetely need to protect the flooring from the concrete moisture and
condensation. But hey, I’m not an expert by any means
so you better find some professional guidance for your particular situation. I got a few rolls of cork to use as the underlayment. I decided on the cork over the foam option
mostly because it is a natural material and this one had some recycled particles so it
makes it way more environmental friendly than other plastic based materials. But! I must say that if I was going to do this
again, I would probably search deeper to find thicker rolls because these ones kept tearing
during the installation just by moving the feet when I was on my knees. So we taped the strips together and started
cutting the first triangular shapes to begin the flooring installation. This is when things start to get super tricky
because at first I didn’t realize that I should work from left to right and so I was
doing it the opposite way. Also because I didn’t want the flooring
to look skewed when you enter the space, I had to start with a bunch of triangular shapes. Only on the fourth row it started to go easier
and quicker because the first three had that stupid angle going across the entire wall. I actually went into the computer to draw
the angles and then came back with some measurements. When I finally got into the corner near the
window, I utilised an angle finder to capture and trace the correct shapes to cut. Eventually I was able to click the three first
rows after some frustration off camera moments and placed some flooring boxes over that area
because having weight on top actually helps a lot. I saw that trick on a Crafted Workshop video
and Johnny actually gives some super helpful tips from his experience on this matter. Once I was getting closer to the entry door,
I cut a piece of aluminium transition strip. I screwed it to the concrete floor but didn’t
apply the top trip yet because the door is bumping on it so I need to trim it first. Maybe I will show that on a next episode. Once the transition piece was installed, we
kept clicking the flooring pieces. At some point I had to trim off the doors
frames so that the planks could slide underneath. Closer to the bathroom area I had to remove
the lip of the joint because there was no way to angle fit it to make the joint click. As you can see I ended up using a scrap piece
to hammer the planks in place. Since I still need to work on the bathroom
door transition piece, I will remove this one and apply a little bit of glue before
fitting it in again. This didn’t come up as good as I was expecting
so there were some small spots that had to be filled with tiny pieces. And it was basically finished, I just had
to trim the extra plastic and cork underlayment. But! I wasn’t happy enough with the result, so
I ended up removing 7 rows closer to the super angled wall to correct some big gaps on the
ends that the baseboard wouldn’t be able to hide. When the installation begun, it was correctly
centred with nice gaps on both sides but by the end things moved a little and those first
7 rows got pushed to one side and were almost touching one wall and having a big gap on
the opposite side. Also, now that I have gone through this entire
process, things got much easier and quicker and I was able to satisfyingly click the pieces
a lot better. That’s it for this one, I hope you learned
something despite the mistakes along the way. It was definitely a big learning curve for
me and I’m happy with the way it is turning out so far. A big shout out to all my patreon supporters
and stay tuned for the next episode! Thanks for watching and go get your hands


MC’s Creations

Nov 11, 2018, 7:02 pm Reply

Great job!
About the mistakes, who the hell doesn't make them? ?

shoutout to Sean rankling

Nov 11, 2018, 7:03 pm Reply

Yo are The best! Love yo work

Danko cz

Nov 11, 2018, 7:04 pm Reply

I'm so very good, and I wish good luck in the future?


Nov 11, 2018, 7:07 pm Reply

'Tiny Apartment' nah that's twice the size of my flat!

Sergio David Colio

Nov 11, 2018, 7:10 pm Reply

Seria muito bacana se pudesse fazer alguns vídeos em português tbm!!!! Moro no Brasil e tenho acompanhado seu trabalho e gosto muito !!!!

Nike Nike

Nov 11, 2018, 7:10 pm Reply

Slds desde argentina?


Nov 11, 2018, 7:11 pm Reply

Great Job! ????


Nov 11, 2018, 7:13 pm Reply

Crazy girl 😀 Love the work you are doing! Well done Christiana!


Nov 11, 2018, 7:16 pm Reply

Muito bom trabalho! mas dá para ver que este foi o teu primeiro trabalho deste tipo. normalmente faz-se as contas para nunca calhar pedacinhos pequenos como te aconteceu. mais tarde eles vão soltar-se A suta foi comprada no LIDL, lol. tenho uma igual

Aleksandr Shpilevoy

Nov 11, 2018, 7:29 pm Reply

Pity you didnt use germetic stuff for stiches

Achour Attou

Nov 11, 2018, 7:30 pm Reply

Although I do not understand the language very much, I enjoy watching your videos

Neil F

Nov 11, 2018, 7:40 pm Reply

I love how fearless you are. I love your sence of adventure and willingness to try new things.


Nov 11, 2018, 7:45 pm Reply

This brings back memories…I've done 3 bedrooms and our front family room with laminate and none of the rooms are really square. The front room has a 2 inch strip on one wall because I didn't measure first and just started installing. I had to do some custom cutting to fit corners/door frames too plus make custom transition pieces.

Merlin Gallagher

Nov 11, 2018, 7:51 pm Reply

Cork is very unusual to use as underlayment. But I guess it makes sense if you're from Portugal 😉

A few cents from 15 years of laying these floors:
If you're in a flat/apartment you don't need a moisture barriers. Also the only one I am familiar with are the ones with a metal/aluminum look.
For the floor underneath, just look at floor that have NEN-EN-ISO 140-8 (I think the new norm is ISO 10140). That way you're sure you don't get any issues with your neighbors or landlords.
I normally work with the ones that are basically recycled cardboard. They come in packs with 10 boards. Very easy to use.
It's a bit more expensive, but actually beneficial for yourself as well. Lot more quiet in the room if you walk over it.
Make sure you always have enough space between the seams and always bring a crosscut saw and a jig saw with a special blade for laminate.
Try to make the lines in the directional of the length of the room or towards the light. Although that also depends if you need to do a hallway as well.

And I am only used to houses with walls that aren't square.
Just measure 4 times and cut once, lol. But yes it's still a pain.

Still looks pretty good btw!

Ron Horne

Nov 11, 2018, 8:13 pm Reply

Finally you are using cork!!! please use more of it.
wouldn't it be easier to start from the middle and work your way out to the non perpendicular ends?

Keith Johnson

Nov 11, 2018, 8:30 pm Reply

Which is one reason professionals cost alot of money. Professional installers {good ones} are mad problem solvers.

Gitaran 97

Nov 11, 2018, 8:41 pm Reply


Liliana Carvalho

Nov 11, 2018, 8:50 pm Reply

Fiquei com vontade de fazer o mesmo na minha casa toda. Ficou muito bom.

Žiga Benko

Nov 11, 2018, 9:00 pm Reply

In my expirience with laminate flooring I was told to use woodglue between the joints, because the gaps between them tend to get bigger and bigger through the years … Maybe my laminate flooring was just cheap. Anyway, just a suggestion 🙂 Great work!

afshin chalangi

Nov 11, 2018, 9:07 pm Reply

Good job like every time ??????

Christopher Dahle

Nov 11, 2018, 9:10 pm Reply

Glad to see you protecting your knees. Like your ears, damage to the knees is cumulative and if you don't protect them when you are young, you won't have them when you are older. I sincerely hope all of you wonderful YouTube makers will push knee protection to the generation you are inspiring. Take it from a crippled up old guy, whether you are installing laminate floor or just breaking down sheet goods on the floor with your track saw, please take the time to put on knee pads. You will not regret it.

Ecdfhj Eghnhh

Nov 11, 2018, 9:11 pm Reply

Ukulele p.4 ?

Bart Stikkers

Nov 11, 2018, 9:13 pm Reply

I've had to do a similarly not-square room, so I feel your pain. My subflooring was old planks though, and because I didn't use a very rigid material underneath it came out all wobbly. So there's my tip to add: make sure that whatever you're laying the laminate on top of isn't going to be moving.

Knights Studio 77

Nov 11, 2018, 9:17 pm Reply

nice job installing the floor. You did a very good job of course with anything the best way is to get your hands dirty and learn as you go.

Drawing Time Lapse

Nov 11, 2018, 9:27 pm Reply

Great! I like your channel! =)

Lara Neves

Nov 11, 2018, 9:28 pm Reply

Olá, isso é que foi um filme com esses ângulos! Nada fácil. Achei que no fim ficou óptimo, acho que precisavas ter deixado um espaço maior entre a tábua e a parede, porque caso as tábuas tenham alguma expansão não comecem a levantar. O rodapé normalmente cobre esse espaço bem. Continua o bom trabalho. Bj

Czarek Czarek

Nov 11, 2018, 9:28 pm Reply

hurwa krzywo w uj

Primal Edge

Nov 11, 2018, 9:36 pm Reply

I think it came out great!

albano 7747

Nov 11, 2018, 9:38 pm Reply

amo tus videos y tu creatividad aunque no hable muy bien ni entienda muy bien el ingles <3 eres super

Philipp Poschmann

Nov 11, 2018, 10:01 pm Reply

Thats some nice flooring! I really like it 🙂

Pierre C

Nov 11, 2018, 10:04 pm Reply

Each mistake is one more thing learned! They are an essential part of the whole process! I embrace my mistakes, and try not torepeat them!


Nov 11, 2018, 10:17 pm Reply

A lady who can build a mountain has no problem laying a floor!


Nov 11, 2018, 10:37 pm Reply

good work?

Ali Salih

Nov 11, 2018, 11:15 pm Reply

Floor look very nice and you did a good job yourself with some help. Are you sure that's a tiny apartment? I'm sure mine is smaller and also don't have a door to outside space ??

Maggie Gueder

Nov 11, 2018, 11:24 pm Reply

I did it in my bedroom a few months ago. Unfortunately the quality floor was really bad and made the work really difficult. But was the best I can get in my small town… The final result was pretty good

Tiago Martinelli

Nov 11, 2018, 11:39 pm Reply

Here in Brazil we have te same problem with the corners…………….

Lyle Weaver

Nov 11, 2018, 11:46 pm Reply

Dear lord. Hire a professional.

Tomasz Szyłkowski

Nov 11, 2018, 12:38 am Reply

construction guys forbid you to touch mixed concrete for a reason – it is corrosive, expecially for young skin

Addi S. Koon

Nov 11, 2018, 1:25 am Reply

We don't make mistakes, only happy accidents.


Nov 11, 2018, 1:26 am Reply

Nice project video. : )


Nov 11, 2018, 1:35 am Reply

Ah, the natural reverb of an empty room.. <3

Michael C

Nov 11, 2018, 1:52 am Reply

Not a criticism but i was wondering why you didn't lay the flooring parallel to the front door?

iwan subagio

Nov 11, 2018, 1:53 am Reply

great job … thumbs up

Viktor Nistor

Nov 11, 2018, 1:55 am Reply



Nov 11, 2018, 3:24 am Reply

I am a fan

Никита Критичный

Nov 11, 2018, 3:36 am Reply


connor cantrell

Nov 11, 2018, 3:39 am Reply

Looking good


Nov 11, 2018, 4:25 am Reply

Hey Very good performance I admire you because I saw how you solved some details. I learned the practice, then I look at the theory.

Daniel Rushton

Nov 11, 2018, 4:27 am Reply

Nice job on the floor.

Anna B Workshop

Nov 11, 2018, 4:37 am Reply

Great Job Chris!


Nov 11, 2018, 4:50 am Reply

YES! That wonderful hammering sound!
With a free floating floor aren't you supposed to leave a gap around the perimeter (at the walls)?

Steve Mahr

Nov 11, 2018, 4:57 am Reply

I feel your pain Cris! I have installed engineered bamboo flooring throughout our house, and it was definitely a learn-as-you-go experience. The finished floor looks really nice. I don't know what you have planned to transition from the laminate to the tile kitchen, but I used aluminum L-channel between the hallway and the tile bathrooms, and the finished product is really clean and minimal. All you see is a 1/16" (1.5 mil) line of aluminum between the two flooring materials.

Yugal kishor Sharma

Nov 11, 2018, 4:58 am Reply

Turned out well ❤️

Hussain Ali Rafeei

Nov 11, 2018, 5:00 am Reply


Paul Whitehead

Nov 11, 2018, 7:53 am Reply

Nice job looks.lime youve been doim git for awhile in stead of your first time .

Jonny Wonderland

Nov 11, 2018, 8:02 am Reply

Did the angle finder read "rekt"

Double Dare Fan

Nov 11, 2018, 8:04 am Reply

In the drone footage in your previous videos, I've noticed many of the city blocks are out of square, which leads to out-of-square buildings. Your apartment must be in one of those buildings.
Nothing wrong with it. It's called "Using what you've got". If I were to build in a city block, my building will be shaped like it, regardless how drunk its shape. Just another challenge to take on.

Clyde Decker

Nov 11, 2018, 8:09 am Reply

And now you're going to be so ready for the next time you put down flooring, right? Good job. Nothing to be ashamed of here.

The Azzat’s

Nov 11, 2018, 9:34 am Reply

The logo entery is so cool…… And who didn't play with construction concrete it is always a joy till now

Af 1419

Nov 11, 2018, 9:34 am Reply

Good jop you are Amizing ?


Nov 11, 2018, 11:40 am Reply

Nice job …. I did it in my house few years ago and O boy did hurt my back.?


Nov 11, 2018, 12:32 pm Reply

I love this background music…. Cristiana please tell me what is it… 🙂

Nelson Baietti

Nov 11, 2018, 1:39 pm Reply

I don't know how are "professional" workers on each country, but I'd risk saying your job would be better than most just because you cared.
The atrocities I've seen done by people who were being paid to do jobs like this were just nerve racking

MotoK tips

Nov 11, 2018, 2:11 pm Reply

This laminate has huge gaps, I never like that. Kudos for a hard installation 😀

Delano Souza

Nov 11, 2018, 3:29 pm Reply

Awesome video…but I just wanted ukelele part 4.

candid moe

Nov 11, 2018, 6:26 pm Reply

The benefits of you not being an expert is that it shows what mistakes I will make and what kind of results I will get.


Nov 11, 2018, 10:47 pm Reply

Oh dammit. I wish I had that hook for hammering end pieces when I did my floor two years ago!!

Woodworking Engineering

Nov 11, 2018, 4:41 pm Reply

L’effetto è sicuramente ottimo! Mens et manus! ??

Kurt Fattig

Nov 11, 2018, 5:02 pm Reply

I like when you say "BOOM" – hehe. Not a bad job, actually. I like that you used cork. Those transitions can be tricky. Heck – you did a nice job. I put in one of those floors in a bathroom and it came out nice. That's after the others in our makerspace put down the other bathroom floor without staggering the joints! LOL

João Tadeu

Nov 11, 2018, 11:35 pm Reply


Sag ich

Nov 11, 2018, 7:33 am Reply

Appreciate to see the challanges of a project. Good job!

rolla rallo

Nov 11, 2018, 7:48 pm Reply

??????? ??? ?

Bruno Américo

Nov 11, 2018, 2:01 pm Reply

A very clean and organized job. Congrats on the result!

fabio 7691

Nov 11, 2018, 7:52 pm Reply

brava, bel lavoro

perros y mas PERROS

Nov 11, 2018, 12:54 am Reply

beautiful chanel godd job.,.,greetings from argentina.,.,new suscriber

Jerry Stark

Nov 11, 2018, 8:26 pm Reply

The floor looks great. Nice video!

Don't be embarassed about making what you call mistakes. The only people who don't make many mistakes are the folks who do it professionally — and they are called professionals because, in part, they are very good at fixing the few mistakes they do make. Keep pn keeping on!


Nov 11, 2018, 10:44 am Reply

Good job (parabéns pelo teu trabalho, continua a ser uma inspiração, obrigado)

Alvaro Trujillo

Nov 11, 2018, 4:17 am Reply

I love you work and love you tools!


Nov 11, 2018, 7:58 pm Reply

Good job!

Tomek Piatek

Nov 11, 2018, 8:20 am Reply

Wow. Great job. Well done. It’s so hard working with stuff that’s out of square and level but so much harder when it’s all literally set in stone. Here in New Zealand all old houses are made from timber and nothing is square or level or plumb but somehow it feels easier to work with because it’s timber. The trickiest thing I’ve ever done was a 3m long desktop in an alcove where the two end walls were not parallel and out of plumb and the long was was really wavy. I ended up scribing a two piece template made from left over 9mm MDF and then I used that to cut the bench top. It was still a mission trying to get it into the alcove.

Phil Vandelay

Nov 11, 2018, 10:36 pm Reply

Ugh I hate laying that stuff. You did a great job even if you kept saying the opposite 😉

Liz Quilty

Nov 11, 2018, 9:28 pm Reply

Im glad you left the mistakes in, and showed them. I think mistakes are the best way to learn something new, and if you show them, you can also show what you did to fix them or negate them next time.
Not to mention, it helps when starting out to know that even your idols make mistakes 🙂

Daniel Geng

Nov 11, 2018, 2:20 am Reply

Great job, did my living room dining room and back hallway with LVT, that was 3 years ago and my knees still hurt ! Lol


Nov 11, 2018, 8:50 am Reply

Where is this land of milk and honey where tiny apartments are bigger than the house I live in?

faro paparazzi

Nov 11, 2018, 2:06 am Reply

i can laminate every floor!
but i cant build a table… 😀 is there any thing what you cant do?
i really love your videos, talent, experience, courage and enthusiasm!!!!!!!

i hope my futured wife will be the same like you! but i will help her while laminate flooring! i promise! 😀


Dec 12, 2018, 3:12 am Reply

Triste esse canal ser em inglês e ter uma ótima edição, consigo nem imaginar o tantos palavrões que estou perdendo a oportunidade de aprender ;p

Dario Rojas

Dec 12, 2018, 8:18 am Reply

!!! No saben lo que es bueno!!!

Hey I’m a Maker

Dec 12, 2018, 3:52 am Reply

Glad you had knee pads, I did our house and even with knee pads felt like I would never walk properly again.

Mehran Freeman

Dec 12, 2018, 2:39 pm Reply

Great job.not only for the first time , it's way better than most of the professional floor installers job.

Stephen Hodge

Dec 12, 2018, 11:27 pm Reply

I take it you bought an apartment?


Jan 1, 2019, 9:13 pm Reply

hammer + laminate floor = you are doing it wrong

pichdara pichdara

Jan 1, 2019, 7:17 am Reply



Jan 1, 2019, 11:22 pm Reply

I'm new on this channel, actually I found it today. But I must tell that I like your work and your videos. Keep going and record new videos.

Андрей Матюхин

Mar 3, 2019, 8:07 pm Reply

молодец какая!

Дарья Бадретинова

Apr 4, 2019, 3:48 pm Reply

Last summer I had mostly the same experience assembling laminate flooring except for the room was mostly square, material much cheaper (so you have to lock the whole line connected by narrow side) and the surface of the floor much more uneven. Done mostly the same tricks including using scrap piece of laminate and really proud of myself! Thanks for and bringing good memories and sharing your experience)

hamdi ünlütürk

Apr 4, 2019, 3:04 pm Reply

sunum ıyı işcilik titiz ama biraz eksik


Apr 4, 2019, 8:37 am Reply

Omg your the Hero i wanna be ?


Jun 6, 2019, 11:05 am Reply

Keep up the great work, I really enjoy watching and learning and being inspired, plus your awesome just to learn from .

Joseph Erwin

Jul 7, 2019, 6:19 pm Reply

That plastic barrier is always a good idea. Concrete always draws moisture. The cork is a great sound barrier. Snapping several straight, parallel lines with a chalk line marker will give you consistent reference across an oddly shaped room.

Andrey Krastev

Jul 7, 2019, 11:34 pm Reply

I am always doing second and third rows first then coming back to the first (scribing the pieces) it seems to me easier also I measure with a planck instead a measuring tape.
The T101BR or T101BRF are great blades for pre-finished materials

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