IKEA tundra laminate floor review {one year later}

A year ago we revamped our kitchen on a budget, refinishing the cabinets, installing a subway tile backsplash and new countertops, and laying new laminate flooring from IKEA. I gave an overview of the flooring process in this post, but since it’s been a year and a few people have asked how the floor is holding up I thought I’d give an update. Here’s what I think about the IKEA tundra laminated flooring one year later:

Appearance: It still looks great. In fact, it looks just about exactly like it did one year ago. We purchased the antique finish, which I think looks a lot higher end than other laminate floors I’ve seen in the same price range. I think it’s so pretty I sometimes use it as a backdrop when I photograph items for the blog:

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Price: IKEA’s tundra floor is still $1.19 a square foot, which is a steal. You might be able to find special lots of laminated floor at Home Depot for .99 cents a square foot, but I don’t think it looks nearly as nice.

Durability: Like I said, it’s been a year and it looks exactly the same. No nicks, no scratches (and remember, we have lots of kids who drag things across the floor). We haven’t managed to ding or dent it in any way. We’ve spilled plenty of liquids on it and we aren’t having any problems due to that – we do try to wipe them up right away. It’s fairly comfortable to walk on because there’s a bit of give in the planks due to the cushy underlayment beneath them.

The verdict: Overall I’m extremely happy with the floor at this point and I wouldn’t hesitate to install more IKEA Tundra flooring in the future. In fact, the only drawback to this floor that I can see is the nearly worthless picture instructions that come with it – if you’ve never installed a laminate floor before you’ll definitely need to google for more info before you start. (This post gives more info.)




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    Thanks for the review, I’ve been looking into putting down new floors, but it’s hard to know what’s good and some of it is sooooo expensive!!!

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    hey thanks so much for this helpful review! i really appreciated it. just wondering, how hard do you think laminate is to install over stairs? also, this may be a dumb question, but can you install it right over existing tile? thanks again for putting this post on your blog!!

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      autumn says

      Hi Corrine! We did not put laminate on our stairs – I would have liked to, but it seemed like it would be kind of complicated. I’m sure you could google to see if you can find any tutorials for that specifically. Also, we did lay ours directly over linoleum, so I think laying it over existing tile would be just fine as well, but you might want to ask at wherever you think you’ll purchase the laminate. Good luck!

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    Micheal Stone says

    We installed the same floor 4 years ago and still looks great. One problem we have is that we had a water leak while on vacation and some of the floor got damaged on the seams. Went to local Ikea store and they do not carry the antique color anymore. Trying to find a box to fix what was damaged, but not having any luck.

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