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What is a Floated Bamboo Floor?

A floated bamboo floor refers to the way that the bamboo planks have been installed.  To ‘float’ bamboo is to lay it loosely over an underlay.  The planks are still connected together, either by click or tongue and groove, but they are not fixed to down to the existing subfloor.  A floated floor is sometimes known as ‘Loose laid’, and is the most popular, and easiest, way of installing a floor.


Which bamboo floors can be floated?

All of our bamboo plank style floors can be floated over an underlay.  Both engineered and solid bamboo can be installed in this way as they have been designed to be dimensionally stable. The only type of bamboo flooring that cannot be floated are the parquet blocks; which need to be glued down to the subfloor for a solid base.

chestnut bamboo floor with sofa

How do I float a bamboo floor?

We would recommend using a professional floor fitter for all installation. However, here are some tips on floating a floor:

  • Before you start installing your floor, you must make sure that your subfloor is fully prepared. This is essential!
  • Now you can decide which underlay you would like to use. We have various options depending on your requirements. For more information, have a look at: What underlay should I use with my bamboo floor?
  • Firstly, measure and cut your underlay to size and lay it in the room.
  • Next, you will start laying your bamboo floor from one wall. The planks will lay over the top of the underlay.
  • For click fitting bamboo planks, simply click and lock the planks together to provide a secure fit.
  • For tongue and groove planks you should glue the edges to bond them together.
  • Continue throughout the whole room.
  • Most of all, remember to leave an expansion gap around the perimeter of the whole room. For more information about this, read: Why do I need to leave an expansion gap?
  • Also, you can add the finishing touches to the room: skirting, beading, door bars, etc…


Please read the installation instructions that come with your bamboo floor and follow them completely.  Furthermore, if you have any further questions, please contact us.

Natural strand woven bamboo flooring