Laying a wooden floor can be a satisfying DIY project, but it can also be a time-consuming and challenging process. Here are some general steps to follow:
Prepare the subfloor: The subfloor should be clean, dry, and level. Remove any existing flooring, and fill any gaps or holes with a suitable filler.
Acclimate the wood: Allow the wood to acclimate to the room's temperature and humidity for at least 48 hours before installation. This will help prevent the wood from expanding or contracting after installation.
Plan the layout: Determine the best direction to lay the planks based on the room's shape and size. Start by measuring the length and width of the room, and then divide the width of the room by the width of the planks to determine how many rows of planks will be needed.
Install the underlayment: Lay down a moisture barrier and underlayment to protect the wood from moisture and to reduce noise.
Install the first row: Begin installing the planks at the longest, straightest wall in the room, using spacers to create an expansion gap around the perimeter of the room.
Install the subsequent rows: Continue installing the planks row by row, using a nail gun or flooring stapler to secure them to the subfloor.
Cut the planks: Use a saw to cut the planks to fit around obstacles like doorways and closets.
Install the last row: Measure and cut the last row of planks to fit tightly against the wall.
Install the baseboard: Install the baseboard to cover the expansion gap around the perimeter of the room.
Sand and finish: Sand the floor to remove any rough spots, and apply a finish to protect the wood and give it a polished look.
Remember to wear appropriate safety gear, like eye protection and gloves, during this project. Additionally, it may be helpful to consult online tutorials or hire a professional if you're not confident in your DIY skills.