How to lay chipboard flooring

Nadine
View the video

How to lay chipboard flooring

View the video
×

Project Overview

Chipboard flooring is commonly used as a subfloor because it is cost effective and quick to install. We’ll teach you how to glue and nail it into place. You’ll also see useful tips about cutting chipboard to fit around walls and joining panels together tightly. 
Continue to step-by-step instructions
This D.I.Y. Advice is part of a series How to build a subfloor

Step by Step Instructions

1 Put construction adhesive on the floor joists
2 Install a chipboard floor panel
3 Trimming chipboard floor panels to size
4 Nail chipboard floor panels down
  • Step 1. Put construction adhesive on the floor joists

    Brush down the top of the floor joists to clean away any dirt or dust. Then use your caulking gun to put construction adhesive on top of the joists. Be generous with this, using around one tube of adhesive per chipboard panel. To keep the adhesive from drying out too quickly, do one floor panel at a time. 
  • Step 2. Install a chipboard floor panel

    If you have underfloor insulation, make sure it is properly positioned before you start this step. Then lay your chipboard floor panel on the joists. Put a generous amount of adhesive on the tongue of the panel and slide it into place. To join your panel tightly with the next one, knock it into place with a sledgehammer. Put a scrap piece of timber against it for protection.
  • Step 3. Trimming chipboard floor panels to size

    When you are fitting panels around corners or in smaller gaps, you need to trim them to size. Measure up your space and mark out the cuts on the chipboard, allowing a 5mm gap for expansion around corners. Make sure you trim the board so the end rests in the middle of a joist. Once you have trimmed it to size, lay it in place to check your cuts before gluing it.
  • Step 4. Nail chipboard floor panels down

    Starting in the corners, use your nail gun to nail the panels down onto the joists. Once the four corners are nailed, put another four nails in for each middle joist and five for the end joists. To make sure you hit the centre of each joist, use your straight edge to draw nail lines on top of each panel. If your joists are hardwood, you may need to knock your nails in a bit further with a hammer. Continue this process across the whole floor, staggering your panels so the join of one pair of panels meets up with the middle of a panel in the next row.
diy chalkboard cabinet hanging in the garage 01:27

Shelving & Storage D.I.Y. upcycled chalkboard cabinet We take an old cabinet and upcycle it into a handy chalkboard cabinet that will give you somewhere to store tools and a place to write lists or plans for your next project.

honeycomb wall shelves 02:23

Shelving & Storage How to make D.I.Y. honeycomb floating wall shelves These honeycomb floating wall shelves are a modern and stylish way to make a feature of any wall in your house. They’re easy to make and they’ll give a somewhere to show off your favourite things.

bathroom rejuvination 01:44

Ideas & Makeovers Learn how to give your bathroom a makeover on a budget Simple and affordable ways to give your tired bathroom a makeover.

roses in garden

Planting & Growing Winter garden ideas It may be cold outside in most parts of Australia but there are still a few things that need to be done in the garden at this time of the year. But if you can’t face going outside, you can always bring your garden inside suggests Bunnings horticultu...

diy wood and concrete kitchen island 05:43

Outdoor Living D.I.Y. wood and concrete kitchen island You’d be surprised how easy it is to make this wooden and concrete kitchen island from just a few simple tools and materials.

Modern living room DIY makeover 01:29

Living Room How to give your living room a modern D.I.Y. makeover There are a few simple ways to freshen up a tired living room and make it a real feature in your home. You can create more space by knocking out a wall and updating the furnishings to fit. By adding floating cabinetry and open shelves, you’ll have m...

black diy wooden sofa arm table 02:49

Living Room D.I.Y. wooden sofa arm table A sofa arm table is a great addition if you’re short on space or don’t have a coffee table in your living area.

hampton kitchen

Ideas & Makeovers Hamptons sanctuary Bright, open and stylish are the hallmarks of the Hamptons Sanctuary. The island bench doubles as a workspace and breakfast bar, while the bamboo benchtops and window panel cupboards complete the look.

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions which came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings team member.

Top of the content