This past week the house was wallpapered and flooring cut and installed. The rooms were so deep that we had to connect two sheets of flooring. I do this all the time, but a customer mentioned that he always had trouble matching them up and installing floors so I decided to do a blog post about it for anyone else who has issues.
First we polyurethane the wood floors.
Then we make a template of the dollhouse floor. We do this by overlapping paper and taping them together until the floor space in the dollhouse is completely covered by paper. (I know, we only use the best tools here at the store.) Remember to write on the paper what room the template is for and which direction is towards the open end of the dollhouse as you want the nice manufactured edge (presumably the straightest edge) in the front where people will see.
By now the polyurethane is dry and you can match up the two floors. Put them edge to edge. They will not always match up great (i.e. there will be gaps):
|Some gaps are visible which is why it is best to do this on a white table where gaps show thru the wood clearly.|
|Butted up to each other and there are no visible gaps!|
|Starter pieces of tape to hold the seam in place until the rest can be applied.|
|I go overboard with the masking tape to hold them together.|
|A 17" x 22" wood floor!|
|I can cut two rooms out of this!|
Use double sided tape or tacky glue to install your flooring:
|Installed in the hallway and read to go! (Lower level has weights on that floor while the glue dries)|
|Lots of raw wood gaps.|
|Some raw wood gaps are still there - may put another coat of marker on it|