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Laminate Herringbone

Laminate Herringbones




Site prep, subfloor and underlay

Remove all furniture from the room, brush and vacuum the sub-floor. 

 If you are laying onto a new concrete sub-floor, check that it is fully dried which can take anywhere from 2 - 4 months.  


Expansion Gaps

It is vital to leave a consistent expansion gap of 7-10mm at walls, pillars, stairs, doorways and other fixed objects or boarders in the room such as kitchen islands or fitted wardrobes. When drilling a hole for pipes, the hole should be 7-10mm larger than the pipe itself. Objects should not be fixed to a floating floor as this prevents the floor from expanding or contracting when needed.



Materials needed:

Tape measure
Spirit level 
Saw or stanley knife
7 - 10 mm spacers
Rubber mallet 


Installation Guidelines

*** These instructions are a guide only. If you are unsure about anything you should refer to the instructions provided with your materials. ***


  • The preparation to carry out before laying any boards is the same as that with a laminate straight plank flooring.
  • The laminate herringbone flooring comes with equal boxes labelled ‘A’ and ‘B’. To begin, you will need three A planks and two B planks. It is best to keep these on either side of you as you lay the planks to avoid confusion. To begin working with the planks, take three A planks and place them on your left hand side and two B planks on your right hand side.
  • Click the side of your first B plank into the head joint of your first A plank to form the classic herringbone V shape. It is advised to look up photographs for reference here. The boards should be clicked in at a 12 degree angle and pressed flat. You should check the manufacturer’s guidelines to see what angle that specific brand recommends as all brands have slightly different grooves.
  • To continue, take another A plank and place this against your first A board along its edge to meet the top corner of your first B board.
  • You should now have a V shape with two A planks on your left attached to one B plank on your right beginning the pattern as shown in the image below.
  • Take your second B plank and place this into the left of your V shape and click into place. Take your third A plank and place this one on the right of your V shape and click into place.
  • Take a fourth A plank and click its header joint into place at the nearest exposed corner of your second B plank.
  • From the bottom left corner of the third A plank, to the bottom left corner of the fourth A plank, mark a straight line and cut along it with a saw.
  • This will leave you with an inverted triangle. Disconnect the boards, and click back into place.
  • From the centre of the rear wall, work your way outwards placing your inverted triangles, leaving a 10mm at the back and side walls.
  • When it comes to fitting the last inverted triangle to the left and right-hand wall. For section a, ensure that you measure the distance and leave a 10mm gap between your flooring and the wall.
  • For the left-hand , use the distance measured for section a, and mark (right-to-left) on the inverted triangle and cut this section. For the right-hand wall mark (left-to-right) and cut this section.
  • Your two cut inverted triangles will now slot into place alongside your other inverted triangles
  • Now comes the following rows. for the first row of boards, work from right-to-left, placing B boards to the left of each inverted triangle, clicking them into place. When it comes to laying your last board, similarly to the previous, take the measurement for section a and mark it on your B plank.
  • Then, cut the measurement for section a at a 45 degree angle to ensure it fits nicely into the remaining space.
  • Now, glue the board to the inverted triangle to ensure it is sturdy and stable.
  • When it comes to the next row of boards, place your A planks to the right of each inverted triangle clicking them into place.
  • Make sure you continue this method of laying your boards using B boards from right-to-left and A boards from left-to-right.
  • If you need any more assistance with this you can call our team on 01 840 4458 or email us at hello@woodfloorstore.ie.