Sep 30th, 2008 by admin
I HATE carpet and I rent a home where I can't make any large improvements (ie- ripping up the carpet) so I want to put in "floating" hardwood laminate down over 100% of the carpet- meaning I'm not going to anchor it to anything. Can this be done? I can't afford to hire a professional, and I already have the "tongue and groove" wood laminate.
Should I use glue?? What do I do about the wood covering some of the base board?
So you think with furniture and stuff weighing on it, it'd still be wobbly? What if I anchored it to the wall using an L bracket and some screws?
Have you talked to your landlord about this.? I am willing to bet that if he/she knew you were going to put hardwood down, they would be thrilled! This is the going thing and it is not cheap and if the carpet is not in that good of shape, the landlord may not mind at all. Or, maybe you could ask if you could take the carpet up with no damage to it, put the hardwood down and maybe if you ever move, lay the carpet back down over the hardwood. But, like everyone else says, you can't put the hardwood over the carpet, unless it is very low profiled, such as indoor-outdoor carpet. My hubby does home improvement and he says it can be done, but chances are you will have an uneven surface to walk on because the foam padding in the carpet will give the hardwood a bounce effect when you walk on it. Good Luck! In all, it entirely depends on what type of carpet you have down.