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There is a creative new trend using laminate or vinyl plank: install it on your walls. You can use laminate flooring on walls to create unique accents in your home. The added benefit is that it is easy for Do It Your Selfers to install.
Read on to learn more about this hot new design trend.
BENEFITS OF USING LAMINATE FLOORING ON WALLS
With the wide variety of laminate flooring on the market, you can create a rustic barn feel or create a contemporary modern one. Below is a list of the other benefits of using laminate flooring:
- Laminate is durable
- Easy to install
- It can be installed anywhere, in high moisture areas use vinyl plank
- Easy to clean
- Laminate is affordable
CREATIVE PLACES TO USE WOOD-LOOK FLOORING ON WALLS
Because laminate and vinyl flooring is easy to install, you are ultimately only limited by your imagination. If you need inspiration, read on.
Choose the laminate or plank to create a one of a kind headboard.
If you have shelving or insets in your home you can install laminate to create a stunning background.
If you are remodeling a kitchen, you can use vinyl plank on the floor but also use it as a backsplash bringing your look together.
Mounting walls have become very popular, especially to mount large screen TV’s. Use laminate as the background, keep in mind that you still need the brackets to be secured into your wall studs to support the TV.
Bathrooms are a great place to use the vinyl plank for an accent because of its ability to withstand high moisture levels.
You can also use the laminate as a more traditional accent like wainscoting. If you are considering painting an accent wall you could also choose to cover the entire wall.
If you are ready to get started but can’t make a decision on the look you desire, order some samples and see how they look in your home.
THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN INSTALLING FLOORING ON A WALL
While you may be experienced at installing laminate as flooring there some different techniques needed to install it on the wall. Although quite a few of the tools used maybe similar, you may want to look over our “How to Install Laminate” post for tool links.
Just like with flooring you will need to purchase 5-10% extra for errors and cuts.
You cannot install laminate over wallpaper or paneling. It needs to be installed on primed or painted drywall.
Unlike when planks are installed on the floor and float, the wall planks have to be permanently attached to the wall.
Note: you will still need expansion gaps, as the material will still expand and contract.
ARE YOU READY TO CHANGE THE LOOK OF YOUR HOME?
Using laminate flooring on walls is a creative way to change the look of a room. If you still have questions about which is the right flooring for your wall, contact us we are happy to help.