Imagine stepping through a doorway only to be greeted by a seamlessly finished laminate flooring that whispers elegance under your feet. Perfecting this transition is not just about aesthetics; it underscores the craftsmanship that elevates simple spaces into design statements.

In this article, you’ll dive into the nuances of ending laminate flooring at doorways with precision. From selecting the right transition strips to understanding the subtle details of cutting laminate flooring, every element matters.

Ensuring a professional finish involves more than just laying planks; it requires a keen eye for detail and technical savvy.

You’ll learn how to handle various threshold options, integrate undercutting door jambs, and match flooring patterns to your room’s decor seamlessly.

Whether you’re a seasoned DIY enthusiast or tackling this for the first time, this guide will arm you with the knowledge to execute your project flawlessly. The journey through the steps will leave you with a space that not only looks polished but feels harmoniously complete.

How to end laminate flooring at doorways

To end laminate flooring at doorways, follow these steps for a seamless finish:

  1. Positioning the Transition: Ensure the transition aligns with the closed door to hide the transition between different flooring types.
  2. Mark Doorways: Mark all doorways before installation to guide where the laminate should end.
  3. Different Floor Types: Consider the type of flooring the laminate will meet (e.g., carpet, tile) for appropriate transition selection.
  4. Guide Piece: Use a small piece of laminate as a guide to determine where to stop the flooring, leaving a 1/4 inch expansion gap.
  5. Square Edge Transition: Use a square edge transition if the adjoining flooring is higher, allowing it to butt up against a threshold.
  6. Alternative Method: Consider using a divider (T-bar) to separate the two floors at the doorway for a simpler transition.
  7. Tools Needed: Ensure you have tools like a jigsaw, push bar, hammer, ruler, and pencil for cutting and securing the laminate under door jambs and through doorways.

Where should I put the transition?

Usually, and for aesthetics, the transition should be made at the midpoint of the doorframe. In this way, you will be able to align any type of transition that you decide to place, be it the manufacturing one or another. In addition, being at the midpoint of the doorframe, any imperfections will be better hidden.

If you have decided to embark on this construction, you will need to prepare a couple of basic tools such as a pencil, a square, a hammer, a saw, and a push bar. With all this ready, here are some tips and tricks on how to end laminate flooring at doorways.

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Clean the floors before working

Before starting, the first thing you have to do is to clean the entire area, as dust could cause problems during the process. It is important to check well that there is no type of debris in the room where the laminate floor is going to be laid before starting. If you put a carpet in the doorway, it is time to remove it.

The doorframe must have enough space underneath

It is time to start working. This task will vary depending on whether you are working on an existing floor or if this is your first time installing a laminate floor in the room.

Doorframes should have enough space at the bottom to allow the floor to slide under them. For this, you will generally need to cut out a section of the frame using a saw. This task, however, may not be necessary if you already had a previous laminate floor, as it is likely that the frame is already trimmed.

If this is not your case, then you will have to trim the doorframe. To do this, simply lay one of the laminate flooring boards on the bottom edge of the door, and with a pencil mark exactly how high you will need to trim.

You also have to know what the thickness of the room subfloor is before starting to work. If your floor did not include it from the factory, you will need to add an extra couple of millimeters to the height of the trim. It is preferable that you entrust the subfloor installation to a pro.

With both parts removed, check to see if the door opens properly.

Prepare the planks that will constitute the transition

Once the doorframe is properly trimmed, you should start marking how many pieces of laminate wood will be placed through the door.

The number of wood boards you will need to trim and install will vary depending on how the rest of your laminate floor looks.

If they go perpendicular to the transition, these could be between 4 to 5 tables. If the installation is parallel, the amount is reduced to one or two tables. Obviously, the direction will be determined by the room laminate floor.

Using the cuts made to the doorframe as a guide, lay the boards close to the gap and mark the rectangular sections you will need to trim out on the sidepieces. In the same way, proceed to mark the width that you will have to cut from each plank to be able to fit them in the transition.

It is advisable to verify the measurements with the use of a square. Especially those made at the ends of the door and close to the wall, to be sure that you will do a 90-degree cut.

Make the corresponding cuts

Much of the secret to how to end laminate flooring at doorways is in the cutouts of the wood pieces. With all the measurements and markings on both the laminate and the door, it’s time to start cutting the boards to fit the gaps. Using a handsaw or circular saw, you will need to trim out all the marks you made.

For a better finish, the use of a multi-speed automatic sawis recommended. Not only do they drastically make the job easier, but they also cut upward, resulting in one side of the cut maintaining a flawless, chip-free finish.

This part can be tricky depending on the wood. Hardwood is much better to trim than softwood, as it does not chip as easily.

Assembling the puzzle

Now that you have the pieces cut out, you should check that they fit perfectly in the door transition. This means that you should install them in the doorframe, and make any necessary adjustments if needed.

The wood pieces must put together, but they must have some separation at the edges that meet the wall so that an expansion joint remains.

If everything fits in the gaps, the next thing is to join the tongue and groove pieces together using a hammer and a push bar. If your laminate flooring has a click-lock tongue and groove, you must remove the top groove of the board that comes before the notched piece. Otherwise, you would not be able to install them seamlessly under the doorframe.

If your doorframe includes an architrave, this will also need to be considered as a guide for the cuts. Its gaps will be the points where you will place the first laminate floorboard.

How to end a laminate floor like a pro

Now, all that’s left to do is install the rest of the pieces. As mentioned in the previous step, you will start from the architrave and finish at the other side of the door. The board that fits under the doorframe should fit snugly and stay in place with a little pressure.

As you install, you have to remove the slot in the board that is acting as the transition between floors. As a result, you will be able to appreciate a space that will serve as an expansion joint.

Once you installed all the boards in the doorway, you can place the transition piece to hide the expansion joint. If there are gaps around the edges of the wall, you should try to hidethem with the skirting board.

A faster but less aesthetic method

The previously mentioned steps will allow you to obtain a result that will look pleasing to the eye. Now, if you don’t want to take so long in this process, there is an alternative.

Once you reach the door threshold, stop placing the planks, and instead you will install a bar or vinyl in the middle. In this way, the work of making millimeters and measured cuts are avoided, and in the same way, it achieves the protection of the edges of the doorframe. However, the finish will not be as nice.

You can change the floor material

Another widely used alternative to creating transitions between floors is to place ceramic or mosaics. The result is not so natural, but it does provide much more creative freedom.

In addition, the installation process is simpler, since you only need to left the necessary gap between the floors to slide the ceramic piece.

FAQ On How To End Laminate Flooring At Doorways

What type of transition strip should I use for laminate flooring at doorways?

T-molding is ideal for doorway transitions where the flooring level is consistent on both sides. It provides a pleasing visual link and ensures a smooth passage between rooms, contributing to a seamless look while also accommodating the natural expansion of laminate.

How do I measure and cut laminate flooring to fit around door frames?

Begin by measuring the door frame’s width and marking these dimensions on your laminate plank. Use a jigsaw for precise cuts. Remember to allow a gap for expansion—this prevents warping and maintains the integrity of your installation over time.

Is it necessary to have a gap between laminate flooring and doorways?

Absolutely, maintaining a gap approximately 1/4 inch around the edges including at doorways allows room for the natural expansion and contraction of the laminate material. This prevents buckling and other potential damage from temperature changes and humidity.

How can I ensure the laminate flooring is flush with the door when closed?

Carefully adjust the height of the transition strip so that when the door is closed, it sweeps over the laminate smoothly without catching. Undercutting door jambs can help create a cleaner look, making the floor appear as though it seamlessly slides underneath.

What tools will I need to finish laminate flooring at doorways?

You’ll require a few key tools: a tapping block, pull bar, spacers, saw for cutting planks, and, ideally, a multi-tool for trimming door jambs. Equipping yourself properly ensures more accurate work and a finer finish.

Can I use the same laminate flooring through multiple rooms and doorways?

Yes, running the same laminate throughout various rooms creates a cohesive aesthetic. Just be mindful of the installation at transitions, using appropriate transition strips between different rooms, especially if there are changes in level or flooring material.

What should I use to secure the transition strips?

Using a combination of construction adhesive and small screws often yields the best results. Adhesive ensures the strip adheres well to the subfloor, while screws provide additional security, keeping the strip firmly in place.

How do I handle transitions from laminate to other types of flooring like tile or carpet?

Opt for a reducer strip when transitioning to a lower surface like carpet, and a t-molding(strip) for a smooth transition to surfaces at a similar height like tile. Ensure that these transitions are not only secure but also aesthetically pleasing.

How long should I wait to install transition strips after laying down laminate?

Allow the laminate flooring to acclimate and settle for at least 24 hours before installing transition strips. This waiting period ensures that any expansion or contraction due to environmental conditions has occurred, leading to a more stable installation.

Are there special considerations for waterproofing laminate at doorways?

In locations prone to moisture, like near exterior doors, applying a sealant along the edge of the laminate underneath the transition strip can prevent water damage. Opt for a silicone-based sealant for waterproofing, providing an extra layer of protection.


Wrapping up, mastering how to end laminate flooring at doorways is an art that marries technical skill with a keen design eye. Here are your main takeaways:

  • Choosing seamless transition strips and meticulously cutting laminate flooring are core to aesthetics and functionality.
  • Don’t forget the essential gap for laminate expansion; it’s small but mighty in maintaining the flooring’s integrity.
  • Keep your toolkit stocked with essentials like a jigsaw, multi-tool, and a construction adhesive to tackle transitions like a pro.

The doorway is where two worlds of design meet—ensure they do with grace. With the right techniques and tools, transitioning from room to room becomes a testament to both beauty and craftsmanship. Let your floors tell a story that guests won’t stop admiring!

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