Installing Vinyl Plank Flooring in a Narrow Room

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Installing vinyl plank flooring in a narrow room is essentially the same as putting it into a square one, but with just a few small exceptions. If you are a DIY enthusiast, putting down this type of floor and a long, thin, rectangular room isn’t going to be nearly as difficult as you think. There are, however, some things you will want to keep in mind as you plant your installation. In this article, I’ll go over some of the considerations you’ll need to take into account, so you can make your kitchen, living or dining room, or even bathroom looking great.

Installing the Long Way

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If you have your planking go the long way down the narrow room, you’ll have some things you’ll need to keep in mind. Here are some of the pros and cons you’ll need to consider when you’re laying your new floor in your home.

Fewer Cuts: If you lay it the long way, you’ll have to make less cuts at the ends. This is essential if you are not the best with tools or uncomfortable with the do it yourself mentality. It will make the job easier.

Less Waste: Fewer areas to cut means less waste. This can help you save money, since you will not have to buy as many square feet to complete your home improvement project.

Makes the Room Look Longer: It will make a narrow room look narrower, which may not be advantageous, depending on what you’re looking for. Whether you’re using a peel and stick vinyl plank or glue down plank, you’ll make it look longer.

Installing the Short Way

Makes the Room Look Wider: In a narrow room, accentuating the oblong shape generally doesn’t make any sense. This will often make the space more visually appealing.

Shorter First Row: When you install, the first row you lay down is the most important. This is what sets the tone for the entire room and keeps it from getting off-centered and crooked. Many remodel and home updating floor projects have been ruined from the first tile or plank put down. Don’t let this happen to you, if it can be avoided.

Covers Up Crooked Rooms: If you’re room is off, which is common for older homes, you’ll be able to cover it up more effectively this way. Since the last row of planking is the one that generally shows the crookedness, if it runs the short way, it’s shorter and less noticeable. It’s also easier to hide, since it takes less to hide it.

Installing vinyl plank flooring in a narrow room is something you’ll have to think about for best results.

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Janice is a writer from Chicago, IL. She created the "simple living as told by me" newsletter with more than 12,000 subscribers about Living Better and is a founder of Seekyt.