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?

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9 Comments to “Can you install hardwood flooring/laminate over carpet?”

  1. wundawoman says:

    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.

  2. Pip says:

    You can if you want to walk on a wobbly surface. The only good way to put hardwood flooring is to rip up the carpet. Sorry.

  3. lovin_2beme says:

    no, not over carpet .. rip the carpet up and put it down over the overlay flooring.

    Yes, you can use glue, laminate does normally call for nailing every piece in as with real hard wood.

    You can do it yourself, most lumberyards have "how to" clinics so they can show you to get you started. Base boards, just use some nice trim to match the flooring.


  4. Ben N says:

    If you are talking about T&G hardwood flooring then no you can’t, it will not work because you do need to nail this down.
    If you are talking about floating laminate flooring, then yes you could but it would not be a good idea because the subfloor (in this case the carpet) has to be stable. the carpet would be to soft and there would be to much movement,. Overtime the joints will open and the floor will shist back and forth and this will just end up chipping the laminate flooring. and all your money and work will be for nothing. Trust me, I am a carpenter and have been for the last 28 years

  5. No. The flooring will never be stable. It will buckle and shift every time weight is put on it. Furniture will cause separation between the pieces because the weight will press one or the other side away from the joint. If you glue it down onto the carpet, it will still move when someone walks across it, maybe even causing someone to trip and fall from catching their foot on an uneven place.

    If you don’t understand what I’m saying, place something heavy on the carpet the way it is now. Put a level across the area next to it and you will see that the place where the weight is resting isn’t the same height as the surrounding places that don’t have weight on them. The weight makes the carpet squish down while the surrounding areas stay like they were before the weight. If you place flooring on top of the carpet, you will multiply the effect you just saw by at least 2 or 3 times, making a dangerous surface to walk on.

  6. sensible_man says:

    NO. Hardwood and laminate floors need a solid base. You would be wasting your time and money.

  7. byramjoseph says:

    Guys I’m in the same situation as the question asker here.
    The carpet has no padding under it and its as hard as tile. Its a very very low profile carpet. (i.e. you knock on it and it sounds like you are knocking on hardwood with a sheet of paper towel on top). Is this still a no no for laying lam flooring on?!

  8. Jake S says:

    No. But that is not the question. Why would you want to spend your money to make improvement to a home you do not own. Unless you get a break on the rent I would not even consider paying for it.

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