Installing a Floating Floor in the Master Bedroom

In October, we went to our local Floor & Decor store to look for flooring. In a matter of minutes we saw a pallet of flooring on clearance. It was exactly what we were looking to buy, and lucky for us, it was substantially marked down. We asked the salesperson if the clearance price could be marked down further if we bought the whole pallet.

The manager marked it down to only a $1.00 per sq ft for 1100 square feet of flooring.

Considering we have to install flooring in the entire house which is just under 3000 square feet, we were pleased as punch with this purchase. What a deal!

Additionally, we bought two rolls of eco-ultra quiet, acoustical, heavy weight, high density underlayment which is a little pricey but absolutely necessary for installing floating floors. Each 450 sq ft roll is just under $300.00. 

With this amount of flooring, we planned to install it in the new master bedroom and original three bedrooms.

With outdoor projects going on in October and November, we planned to install the flooring once it got cold outside. So just before Christmas, John rolled out the underlayment and installed the flooring in the master bedroom’s walk-in closet first (to the right in above photo).

John has installed traditional 3/4 hardwood flooring in the past which requires nailing. This was the first time installing engineered flooring, so he decided it would be best to start in the walk-in closet.

However, he watched a couple YouTube videos first. 

John was amazed at how quickly he covered the sub floor with 6 1/2″ wide plank boards. Since there isn’t nailing and it’s simply drop and lock, anybody can tackle this project, especially if you’re doing it with another person.

The key is is to start the flooring on the longest wall. The only cutting required is the last board in the course. Occasionally, in order to align seams  properly, two cuts might be required. Seams should normally be no closer than 12 inches.

Each box has six planks (each plank is 48″ L).

John spent a little extra time matching the grain board to board.

In this photo, the grain is lined up perfectly.

A small rubber mallet and a Universal Tapping Block  is recommended to lock the boards together.

Other tools required:

-Mitre Saw or Circular Saw

-Speed Square


-Measuring Tape


NEXT: Finishing the flooring in Master Bedroom





10 thoughts on “Installing a Floating Floor in the Master Bedroom

  1. Oh, man, you SCORED on that flooring. That is the way to do it. And that is beautiful flooring. Buying the best underlayment is the way to go. You can make a carpet last years longer but splurging on the padding rather than the carpet.

    Merry Christmas to you. What a great present.

    Did you move the bedroom furniture in and sleep in your Master for Christmas morning? Do you walk back and forth just for fun to NOT hear your footsteps? Do you slide on it in your socks?

    And what did happen with that leaky French Door? Replaced or repaired?

  2. Sue, I have a question. Since you’re installing this as a floating floor, have you noticed it being noisy at all when you walk on it? Squeaky or creaky? Does it feel funny to step/walk on?
    My biggest fear is if I get a floor like this it will be noisy and/or feel funny. I’ve seen other floors that did both but I don’t know if it was the product or the installation.

    But it sure does look awesome-congrats on the deal!

    1. I have hardwood and my sister has a floating floor.

      I don’t notice all that much different in feel, although hers is much smoother than my old floors. I think that is a case of installation. If done right, like John is doing, you won’t have a bounce to the floor. I do notice a difference in “pitch”. If I were to walk on my floors in high heels, they’d make a lower knock sort of sound. If I were to do the same on her floors, I’d hear a higher sort of clink sound. I notice it when her dog walks as he has really long nails so makes a clicking sound across it. My dog doesn’t on my hardwood. The sound is lower and more of a knock than a clink.

      Sound dampening pads and insulation is a worthwhile investment for any house with a second story no matter what floor material you use. Worth insulating the ceiling/floor between the two stories.

  3. Love the floors. The light color will make the house so bright! And the wide planks just suit it!
    Once again, I’m so excited to see Brickhouse 319 in my inbox again. Thanks for inviting us back into your life!

  4. John looks pleased as punch, posing next to his haul…as well he should. Great score! It looks beautiful, and of course, with John’s patience and skills, it’s installed to perfection. It’s great that we’re able to get caught up with you!

    HAPPY 2018! And stay warm!! It looks like the Arctic blast that we in the Midwest have endured is heading your way!

  5. That old lamp is a veteran, huh ?! It’s like an old friend, by now. it kept your spackling tight, and your paint true…john will have to keep it in his workshop, for sure.

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