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How to Install a Floating Cork Floor

Installing a floating, snap-together cork floor over an existing floor is simple for a DIYer with moderate skills. The payoff is a stylish new floor and added insulation for a kitchen.

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  • Time

    Day

  • Price Range

    $500 - $1,000

  • Difficulty

    Moderate

Highlights:

Step 1: Prep the Room

Remove any furniture and appliances. Score the joint between the top of the baseboard and the wall with a utility knife cutting through any caulking and paint (image 1), and then remove the baseboard with a pry bar (image 2). Use a scrap piece of thin lumber against the wall to protect it when levering the baseboard away from the wall. Use care so that the baseboards may be reused.

Step 2: Test Fit the Tiles

Start laying the floor on the longest wall and lay a row of tiles to make sure you don't end up with a small piece on the end. If you do, cut a tile in half and lay it against the longest wall and lay out the tiles again to see if you end with a large enough piece.

test fit the tiles and layout

Step 3: Cut the Door Casings

Place a piece next to the doorjamb to determine the correct height to set the jamb saw (image 1). Cut the casing and pry out the pieces with a screwdriver (image 2).

Step 4: Cut the Tiles for the Door Casing

Slide the tile under the casing and mark the cut points. Extend the lines using a speed square and make the cutout with a jigsaw.

cut tiles for door casings

Step 5: Install the Tiles

Set the first full tile in place. The second and subsequent tiles just snap on to the preceding tile (image 1). Snug the tiles together with a tapping block. Straight cuts can be made on a sliding compound miter saw (image 2).

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  • Cork flooring from Black River Flooing Corp.
    Countertop (Rosemary) from CaesarStone US
    Faucet from Moen
    Mosaic tile from Rubble Tile
    Kitchen island and pot rack from eKitchenIslands.com