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Installing engineered hardwood floors with staples was a new project for me as in the past, most of the hardwood projects I have been involved with have been floating floors which did not need to be nailed or stapled. Last weekend we installed this gorgeous Java colored engineered hardwood in our new master closet and Jim fastened the hardwood flooring to the existing floor with a Bostitch Flooring Stapler.
Best Way to Install Engineered Hardwood
Our hardwood flooring is 1/2″ and we used 1 1/4″ flooring staples.
Last weekend we removed all the furniture from the bedroom which was the start of the master closet project, ripped up the old carpet and installed hardwood flooring.
Here is the bedroom we emptied below.
The bedroom is being moved to the Loft where we will be creating a new bedroom this coming winter.
Here is the bedroom empty and the carpet removed below.
It was amazing how fast Jim ripped up the carpet and removed the carpet tack strips.
How to Stagger Engineered Hardwood Flooring
Jim staggered the hardwood flooring to create a random pattern.
Do you need underlayment for hardwood flooring
The red underlayment is a polypropylene foam that adds a cushion to the floor and also act as a noise reducer.
We used FloorMuffler from Home Depot and it was super easy to install.
Once the underlayment was rolled out and flat, he layed out the engineered hardwood flooring and worked his way around the room installing the flooring with the Bostitch Flooring Stapler.
The flooring underlayment is installed floating on top of your subfloor.
Tip: use a scrap piece of hardwood as a buffer between your hammer and the hardwood to ensure a proper fit
He used a small scrap piece to tap the hardwood flooring pieces into place and ensure they were secure before stapling.
Typically you would need to remove the existing baseboard if your flooring didn’t line up properly but we got lucky through most of the room where we didn’t need to remove the baseboard except for the small existing closet.
Jim was able to use a scrap piece of hardwood and gently tap the hardwood under the baseboard to make it fit properly.
Have I told you how much I love this guy? The cutest ever!
In about 4 hours, the room was completely finished and cleaned up. It looks amazing!
The Java colored prefinished engineered hardwood floors are going to look perfect with the white custom closet we have coming from Easy Closets.
The built in custom closet hanging racks and shelves will be along these two walls featuring a center island as well.
The old wire shelving in the existing closet below will be removed and we will be installing wood custom shelves and hanging racks which will be where Jim keeps his work clothes. The man has a lot of clothes!
Update: Jim’s closet (the walk in below) is done! See removing wire shelving and installing wood shelving for makeover.
The door to the right (above) leads to the hallway/Jack and Jill bathroom (our bedroom is on the other side of the hallway) which is next on the project list. We will be gutting that bathroom and removing the wall the leads to the hallway allowing for a bigger bathroom space. Our Installing Engineered Hardwood Floors with Staples project is complete! Stay tuned, the closet installation is happening next week! Update: The closet is finished – See diy bedroom turned walk in closet makeover