How to Install Hardwood Flooring in a Basement

When we began renovating the basement bar and basement media room, the one major thing that had to go was the existing wall-to-wall carpet. Click through for a detailed flooring tutorial!

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Flooring Selection

Setup Your Workspace


While we have real oak ¾” tongue and groove on our main and upper levels, we needed something moisture rated for the basement.


Remove Carpet

First, you’ll need to remove the carpet or existing flooring. Using a utility knife, cut the carpet into four foot sections, to make it more manageable to roll and remove.

Remove Carpet Pad

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Next, you’ll repeat the removal process with the carpet pad beneath… cutting it into sections, then rolling, and removing.

Remove Tack Strips

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Grab your pry bar and begin removing the tack strips around the perimeter of the room. This may require a hammer alongside your pry bar to work it loose.

Remove Adhesive & Clean

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A blade scraper is the best way to remove any existing adhesive from the concrete, left behind from the carpet pad.

Flooring Installation

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- Determine layout - Adhesive application - Install flooring - Making cuts - Install millwork

I hope this post was helpful if you’re considering installing hardwoods in a basement! I’m really happy with our flooring and it was a breeze to install.