Laminate Expansion Gap & Room Size
I'm installing laminate flooring in an upstairs bathroom. The tub is contoured and there are a couple projections in the wall, so the first row of planks has several curves and cutouts. I used cardboard templates to make the cuts. They came out okay (I'm cutting freehand) but not perfect, especially the curved ones. As a result, the expansion gap varies -- it's mostly the recommended 1/4", some is a bit more, but a couple stretches are 3/16" and one bit is 1/8". If I try to make the tight spots bigger I risk making the rest of it too big. (I'm going to use a flexible vinyl molding, and the best I've found locally is 7/16" so there isn't a lot of overlap past the gap.)
The room is small, 4.5' x 9', that's 6 planks wide and less than 3 planks long.
Can I get by with a few spots having a smallish expansion gap, since with so few planks the cumulative expansion will be limited?