"Glue, click, align" - properly lay the floor in the hallway.

Tips for do-it-yourselfers

When it comes to laying the floor in the hallway, there is a wide range of options to choose from. Depending on personal taste, budget and needs, laminate, design flooring and vinyl as a roll or click variant or even tiles can be a good choice. Each flooring has its own unique advantages and disadvantages in terms of durability, maintenance requirements and appearance. In the following, you will learn how to install the flooring of your choice in the hallway as a do-it-yourselfer:in and what to look out for.

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Laying laminate flooring in the hallway


First, check the subfloor in the hallway for unevenness and make sure it is clean and dry. If necessary, remove old floor coverings and sand uneven areas. An impact sound insulation made of foam or felt is recommended as an underlayment. It provides good sound insulation and at the same time has a shock-absorbing effect. This is especially important because the hallway is often heavily frequented. Plan the installation of laminate in the hallway in advance by measuring the area and calculating the number of laminate panels needed. Also take into account the position of doors and cabinets.


When laying laminate flooring in a hallway, it is recommended to lay the laminate flooring lengthwise, as this visually lengthens the room and creates a harmonious overall appearance. In addition, the planks should be laid as parallel as possible to the main light source to minimize light reflections and make the room appear brighter.
Make sure to keep a distance of approx. 1 cm to the wall (use spacers!) and join the panels according to the installation system. They must lie flat against each other without any gaps.
For recesses such as heating pipes or doors, you can cut laminate panels with a jigsaw. Measure the recess accurately and transfer the dimensions to the laminate. Then saw along the marked line.
When you have laid the laminate to the last wall, you need to cut the last panel and attach it to the wall. Finish the installation with the finishing and skirting boards, which you attach to the transitions to the wall and other rooms.


Laminate floors should be regularly vacuumed or swept. A damp cloth or a special laminate cleaner can be used for cleaning. Aggressive cleaning agents should not be used, as they can damage the laminate.

Special feature: herringbone laminate:

Laying herringbone laminate in the hallway requires a little more effort than laying laminate in the traditional style, but the result can be very impressive. Lay out the first planks of the first row along a straight wall and make sure that they are parallel to the wall. Lay the second plank so that it is at right angles to the first plank to create the characteristic herringbone pattern. Cut the plank to the correct length if necessary. Use the cut plank from the first row to lay the third plank and repeat the process until you have completely laid the first row. Start the second row with half a plank and continue laying it in the pattern of the first row. Continue in this way until all rows are completely laid. The last planks you need to cut again so that they are quite close to the wall. The right finish is also created here by attaching the skirting boards.

Laying vinyl and design flooring in the hallway


Unebenheiten müssen mit einer Ausgleichsmasse ausgeglichen werden. Entfernen Sie, wenn nötig, alte Bodenbeläge und stellen Sie sicher, dass der Unterboden eben und sauber ist. Verwenden Sie eine geeignete Unterlage für den Vinyl- oder Designboden. Eine Trittschalldämmung kann für Schallreduzierung und Stoßdämpfung sorgen.


Start laying the floor on the longest wall in the room. For the hallway, use an installation direction that is parallel to the main light source. If you have chosen roll material, it is recommended, especially for larger areas, to glue the floor properly to achieve good durability and adhesion. With click systems, this is not absolutely necessary. Cut the planks or roll goods to the right length and width to fit the edges and corners of the room. Make sure the joint between individual planks is clean and smooth. Complete the installation by applying the skirting boards to the edges and transitions.


Sweep, vacuum and mop the floor regularly to remove dust and dirt. It is best to use a soft broom or a vacuum cleaner with a soft brush for this purpose. Use only mild detergents for mopping and avoid harsh chemicals or abrasives, as they can damage the floor.

Laying tiles in the hallway


Please note that tiling requires a high level of expertise, experience and skill. Professional tilers can prepare the subfloor, correctly align the tiles and take into account the protection against moisture to avoid damage. Mistakes made when trying to do it yourself can affect the appearance and durability of the tiles. It makes sense to leave the tiling to an experienced professional to achieve a high-quality result. However, if you still want to do it yourself, below are important steps and aspects for preparation, laying and subsequent maintenance.


Remove all old flooring and make sure the subfloor is level, clean and stable. Before laying the tiles, place them on the floor in the desired arrangement to make sure they look good and fit properly. Measure the room carefully to make sure the tiles can be laid evenly. Mark the center of the room and draw a line that will serve as a starting point for the installation.


Start laying the tiles in the center of the room and work your way out. Use a suitable adhesive compound and make sure the adhesive is applied evenly. Cut the tiles to the right size and shape using a tile cutter or tile saw to fit the edges and corners of the room. Fill the joints between the tiles with grout, using a grout trowel to make sure the joints are filled evenly. Allow the grout to dry and clean the tiles thoroughly with a damp cloth or mop to ensure they are clean and free of grout residue. Now attach the baseboards or other finishing trims to the edges and transitions.


Use a neutral all-purpose cleaner or a special tile cleaner to care for your new tile floor. Acidic or abrasive cleaners should be avoided as they can damage the surface of the tiles. After cleaning, the tiles should be thoroughly rinsed with water and dried to avoid water stains. To protect the tiles and prevent the penetration of dirt and moisture, you can apply a tile sealer. To clean the grout, you can use a special brush or steam cleaner.

Laying CERAMIN in the hallway

The flooring can be laid without problems on underfloor heating systems (hot water and electric), if they are firmly installed in the screed and do not exceed a surface temperature of 29°C. No special tools are required for the installation of CERAMIN. Since CERAMIN is easy to work with, all you need is: 

  • Folding rule
  • Pencil
  • Angles
  • Cutter knife with trapezoid blade
  • optional: metal saw for metal rail cutting, miter saw for molding cutting


The substrate must be load-bearing, permanently dry, clean, free of dust, oil and grease, level and resistant to bending. In the case of renovation, CERAMIN can be bonded directly to the existing tile surface. Unevenness of more than 2 mm/m must be evened out, expansion joints provided by the customer must be taken over.


Start laying on the longest wall of the room, orienting yourself to the main source of light. Choose the direction of laying parallel to it. Cutting CERAMIN to size is very easy, you only need a cutter knife and simply break off the edges at the cut edge after scoring several times. Although CERAMIN can also be laid as a floating floor, we recommend gluing it down for hallways, which are often affected by moisture. Make sure that the adhesive is evenly distributed and that the grooves are clearly pronounced. Circumferential joints to adjacent surfaces should be 5 mm and are grouted with natural stone silicone after a drying time of at least 12 h, after the end of the installation. The finishing touches are also skirting boards, which you can cut from the individual planks and tiles to fit exactly. Complete installation instructions are available as Video or to the Download available.


Our CERAMIN tiles and planks can be easily cleaned with all commercially available cleaning agents. Aggressive cleaners (e.g. containing chlorine), abrasive scouring agents or steel wool must not be used.

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