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What are the prices of laminate flooring per square metre, and the average installation cost for a room vs a house?

Are you planning a home renovation project and thinking about having laminate flooring installed in your home? Whether you are only having a single room done or your entire house, you’ll want to know what it will cost you per square metre, including installation. In this article, we’re going to look at the average cost of laminate flooring per square metre, including installation for an average room and an entire house. Read on if you’d like to find out more as we explore laminate flooring in greater depth. 

What is laminate flooring? 

Laminate flooring was introduced as a means of reusing waste wood for economical purposes. Buyers were able to access a much cheaper flooring solution, while being able to achieve a relatively authentic appearance, just like hardwood flooring. That said, laminate flooring does not quite have the same aesthetic appeal as proper natural hardwood and timber. However, what it lacks in authenticity, is makes up for in affordability, longevity, and ease of installation. 

How much does laminate flooring cost per square metre? 

So, how much does laminate flooring cost, per square metre in Australia? On average, you will be looking at somewhere between $25 and $30 AUD per square metre. The overall cost will depend on any design and style requirements that you choose, so weigh up the pros and cons of each carefully in order to suit your budget. 


What is the average price of having laminate flooring installed per square metre? 

What is the average cost for having laminate flooring installed, per square metre? If you decide to handle the laminate flooring installation by yourself then you can save yourself a significant amount of money on installation and prep-work. It all depends on how confident you are taking the project on by yourself and what condition your existing floor is in. 

If you are paying for professional installation, then the overall labour costs will depend on the following factors: 

  • Subfloor condition
  • Whether you are having existing flooring removed

Having existing flooring replaced will add a fair amount to your installation cost. Bear in mind that you don’t necessarily have to have your existing flooring removed. As laminate flooring can be floated on top with a click-and-lock installation method, you may be able to get away with leaving your existing flooring as it is, thus saving you some money. It’s definitely a viable option, particularly if the existing flooring that you have is in good condition. 

If you are having existing floorboards removed, you will be looking at anywhere between $10 and $40 per square metre. Which end of the spectrum the cost will fall depends on the material and installation method of the existing flooring. For example, solid timber floors that have been nailed down will be much more difficult to remove than a floating click-and-lock floor. 

If you are having your carpet removed, you could be looking at around $4 to $10 per square metre. 

Assuming that there is no flooring to remove, the average cost for the installation of laminate flooring is around the $20 AUD mark, per square metre (not including the materials). 

For the laminate flooring and installation, you’ll be looking at anywhere between $45 and $50 per square metre (with no prep-work involved). 

What is the average cost of having laminate flooring installed for a room? 

So, what is the average cost of having laminate flooring installed in a single room? This is quite tricky as it all depends on the size, condition, and layout of the room. However, the average Australian living room is 25m2. Under the assumption that no prep-work is involved and that you decide to handle the installation by yourself, you will be looking at between $625 and $750 for the entire room. 

If you are having professional installation (absent any prep-work or removing existing flooring), you can expect to add approximately $500 on top for the room. 

Please note that these are merely averages and so you should not take them as gospel. In order to get the most accurate estimation for a room in your house, contact a reputable laminate flooring installation expert. 


What is the average cost of having laminate flooring installed throughout a house?

What is the average cost of having laminate flooring installed throughout an entire house? Again, this all depends on the size and condition of your property, including how much prep-work will be involved. However, the average floor size of an Australian home is 186.3 square metres. Under the assumption that there is no prep-work involved and you are doing it yourself, you’ll be looking at anywhere between $4650 and $5580 for the entire house. 

If you want professional installation on top (without any prep-work or removal of existing floors), you can expect to pay an additional $3720 in labour. 

Of course, if you are having the entire house fitted with laminate flooring then you will likely be able to save a fair amount of money on labour for a bulk job – rather than having each room fitted individually over a longer period. Speak with your chosen laminate flooring installation company and see if you can negotiate a better rate. 


All in all, laminate flooring is an affordable flooring solution. Not only is it one of the cheapest flooring options available, but it provides a number of other benefits as well, including how easy it is to install with click-and-lock methodology, as well as an impressive lifespan. 

We hope that you have found this article helpful. If you are still on the fence or would like some accurate estimations on how much it will cost to install laminate flooring in your home, then please do not hesitate to contact us today. Our friendly representatives are always happy to help.