How to cut laminate flooring: The tools and techniques to get the job done

Jigsaw saw cutting a grey laminate board
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You’ll need to know how to cut laminate flooring if you want a perfect fit for your new floor. Getting it right is essential. Get it wrong and you could be left short on length or width, or with an ugly angled cut that just doesn’t sit right. This means you will need another length of laminate to fix what could be an expensive mistake.

Getting the cut right is an essential part of how to lay laminate flooring the right way. A poor cut can leave ugly chipped edges, which no-one wants to see. But, even worse you can produce the perfect cut and then find you haven’t accounted for an expansion gap. So you’ll need to make sure that you measure up properly before you cut. 

Here we give you the lowdown on what type of saw you need and other tools for the job to get the right cut for your laminate flooring. 

Steve Jenkins

Steve Jenkins is a freelance content creator with over two decades of experience working in digital and print and was previously the DIY content editor for Homebuilding & Renovating. 

He is a keen DIYer with over 20 years of experience in transforming and renovating the many homes he has lived in. He specialises in painting and decorating, but has a wide range of skills gleaned from working in the building trade for around 10 years and spending time at night school learning how to plaster and plumb.

He has fitted kitchens, tiled bathrooms and kitchens, laid many floors, built partition walls, plastered walls, plumbed in bathrooms, worked on loft conversions and much more. And when he's not sure how to tackle a DIY project he has a wide network of friends – including plumbers, gas engineers, tilers, carpenters, painters and decorators, electricians and builders – in the trade to call upon.