Which Way to Lay Wood Floor

Guide to which way to lay floor including the best placement and design considerations. Contemporary kitchen with hickory engineered hardwood floors A common question asked when first installing wood floor in a room, is which way to lay wood floor. It is essential that you have the right idea regarding the proper direction for floorboards because this can have a big impact on the floor design.

Below are some considerations you can take in order to achieve the preferred perfect wood floor design.

Front Entrance 

It is vital to consider the location of the house entrance before laying hardwood floor. When wood is being installed around the site of the front door, then the running boards need to be aligned perpendicular to the door.

It is nice walking in the front door and seeing the wood that runs in similar direction which is away from the door.

In this way, the wood goes along with the flow of traffic while at the same time appearing to be organized as you come into the house.

Floor Joists 

These floor joists support the subfloor and have high importance when the house has a wooden subfloor. Most of the time, it is better that the direction goes perpendicular, that is across the floor joists so that the boards can span the gaps while having support.

Deciding to go with a parallel direction with the floor joists will not provide the necessary support under some parts of the wood.

In this case, it may lead the subfloor to sag in between the joists which may cause buckling to the flooring and breaking of the joints in between the boards. This will just cost you more because you will then need to replace the boards when the joints break.

Design Considerations 

Take into consideration the floorboards’ direction in order to achieve the purpose of the design. It can be more enticing when the boards are installed in a way aside from being straight across because some depth can be added to the room.

One example of this is that the boards can be run in diagonal to create a much more interesting appearance.

Another thing that you can consider is to have the herringbone pattern. This wood floor pattern really adds beauty to the design which makes it costly because you will need to hire a talented installer to do it.

Room Dimension

Installing the wood into a specific room needs you to take into consideration the dimensions of the room. There are several cases already that the boards are being installed in parallel direction to the longest wall in the room.

Just for example, there is a very long and narrow room and then you installed the wood to the longest wall and this creates a ladder effect or appearance.

Light Source 

It is a good idea to have the wood installed in the light’s direction especially when the room is full of natural light. It helps in providing the floor with a more uniform appearance due to the fact that the light will not be crossing each individual joint.

Whatever difference there is in height of the boards will show up and can even cast a small shadow as you run it in perpendicular direction to the light. It is then advisable to have it run parallel to the source of light to have a much better look.

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