How To: Lay a Subfloor

Before you put down hardwoods, vinyl tile, or carpeting, you must first install a subfloor. Here, learn what steps are involved in this straightforward, important aspect of homebuilding.

By Bob Vila | Updated Feb 7, 2018 12:34 PM

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Here’s how to lay a no-squeak subfloor. Apply a generous bead of panel adhesive to the tops of your floor joists. Lay sheets of 3/4-inch tongue-in-groove plywood, staggering the joints as you go. Use a sledgehammer against a two-by-four to drive the plywood together tightly. Secure each sheet in place with galvanized eight-penny flooring nails.

For more on flooring, consider:

Wood Flooring 101
Installing a Subfloor (VIDEO)
Enhanced Plywood and Subfloor Products