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What is the cost of laminate flooring per square metre and square foot, and the average prices for materials and installation?

When it comes to installing laminate flooring in your property, there’s a lot more that goes into it than simply picking a fancy grain that suits your décor. You need to figure out precisely how much floor space you’re working with, how much it’s going to cost you per square metre/foot, and whether or not your budget can justify a professional installation – or if you’re going to do it yourself. 

In this article, we’re going to take you through some average prices for laminate flooring across the major capital cities in Australia. We’ve divided these into both square metres and square feet for your convenience. Additionally, we’ll go through some different factors that can influence the overall spending, including some other tips for saving a bit of money where possible.

What is the cost of laminate flooring installation per square metre in Australia?

So, how much does laminate flooring cost per square metre in Australia, on average? This depends on a wide variety of different factors, but you can expect to pay a similar cost throughout most of the Australian capital cities – with Sydney and Brisbane being slightly more expensive.  

  • Sydney: $25m² – $80m²
  • Melbourne: $20m² – $80m²
  • Brisbane: $25m² – $80m²
  • Canberra: $20m² – $80m²
  • Perth: $20m² – $80m²
  • Darwin: $20m² – $80m²
  • Hobart: $20m² – $80m²
  • Adelaide: $20m² – $80m²

What is the cost of laminate flooring installation per square foot in Australia?

As for the cost per square foot for laminate flooring in Australia: 

  • Sydney: $2.5ft² – $8ft²
  • Melbourne: $2ft² – $8ft²
  • Brisbane: $2.5ft² – $8ft²
  • Canberra: $2ft²– $8ft²
  • Perth: $2ft² – $8ft²
  • Darwin: $2ft² – $8ft²
  • Hobart: $2ft²– $8ft²
  • Adelaide: $2ft² – $8ft²

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What other factors will influence the overall cost of having laminate flooring installed? 

There are a number of different factors that can influence the overall cost of the laminate flooring installation in Australia. Here’s what to expect:

The manufacturer/flooring specialists 

Which company you choose for buying your laminate flooring is important. At DIY Floorboards, we specialise in a wide variety of flooring solutions and offer some of the most competitive prices on the market. This part of the decision process is important and it’s crucial that you find the ideal balance of quality, cost, and reputation. 


The type and quality of laminate

Laminate flooring comes in many different styles and varying levels of quality. The good news is that with a little time and research you should be able to find an attractive style that fits with your available budget. 

The texture of the laminate 

The texture of the laminate flooring that you opt for will influence the way that it feels under feet. These textures can vary from smooth to a deeper wood-grained finish. You must also consider the type of finish that you’d like to opt for – for example, a satin finish is both easy underfoot and low maintenance. There are other finishes that will have a more attractive aesthetic appeal but may require more effort in the way of upkeep.

The size and scope of the project 

The amount of floor space that you are working with will have an impact on the total cost of the laminate flooring installation. You also need to take uneven edges and door frames into account when calculating your measurements. Where extra measuring, cutting, and fitting is required, a higher price per square metre estimate should be expected. 

If you are hiring a professional to install the laminate flooring on your behalf, you may be able to secure a discount if you are having multiple floors laminated. This isn’t always the case and comes down to the tradesman’s discretion – but there’s never any harm in asking.

Labour costs 

Again, when hiring a professional to handle the laminate flooring installation project, you will need to factor in the cost of labour. The cost of labour will increase depending on how much preparation work is done. For example: if you go ahead and prep the room for the project (i.e., ripping up the existing carpet) then the cost of the labour will be lower as there is less labour-intensive work involved. 

Want to save money on your laminate flooring? Do it yourself 

DIY can be a double-edged sword when it comes to installing laminate flooring. On the one hand, you can save yourself a fair amount of money on labour. However, if you are not the most experienced DIY enthusiast, then it could well end up costing you more in the long run. 

Before you take on a project of this scope and scale by yourself, first you need to fully understand what is involved. For example, things like:

  • Tapering both sides of the room
  • Levelling-out the sub-floor 
  • Accurately measuring and cutting the laminate flooring
  • Installing transition strips under doors
  • Laying the appropriate support under-floor where heavy furniture will be placed afterward

These are just a handful of the considerations that you must be aware of before tackling a DIY laminate flooring project. However, if you have experience with cutting and measuring and feel confident in your ability, then you shouldn’t run into too many problems. 

You just have to weigh up the pros and cons of each. How long do you expect it will take you to install laminate flooring in your property compared to a professional? And are the savings on labour worth your investment of time? 


Going off Australian-wide averages, you can expect to pay somewhere in the region of $20 to $80 AUD per square metre for your laminate flooring. Please bear in mind that these are purely averages and when calculating the total cost of your project, you should take all of the necessary factors into consideration before committing. 

We hope that you have found this article helpful. If you are feeling overwhelmed and would like some advice on the various styles, textures, and designs of laminate flooring – and which may be best suited to your home – please do not hesitate to contact us today. 


About Shaun Adams

As the lead creative for Create Macarthur, you’ll be in good hands with Shaun leading your project. Skilled in design, development, business consulting and best practices.