Hardwood Floor - Flooring Board Widths and Installation
Patterns - Part 1
The choice of hardwood flooring for your home or office will require you to
decide about more than just the wood species, stain, or finish of the wood
flooring. You also have to consider the flooring board width and the diverse
installation patterns. Of similar importance are the finishing touches like
borders, mosaic medallions and decorative borders.
FLOORING BOARD WIDTHS:
Hardwood flooring board width is basically divided into two categories, strip
and plank. Strip is less than 3 inches wide while plank is greater than 3
inches in width, usually as wide as 7 inches and sometimes even wider.
Strip flooring creates a running and linear effect, much like a mirror
or light paint colors. It gives the feeling of spaciousness in a small room. If
you have chosen select grade hardwood with a uniform color, it will enable a
contemporary look. Strips are the more commonly used flooring boards in both
commercial and residential locations.
Plank flooring with its wide boards, plank flooring works well in a
large room or wide area. It is more commonly used to achieve a rustic or
country look. Plank flooring also creates a linear effect in the room but the
broad width of the boards doesn't give a spacious look as in the case of strip
A wide variety of looks can be created by mixing the right combination of
species, stains, installation pattern and furnishings. These factors are
equally important as of the species and will influence the appearance of both
the flooring and later the room. Here is some valuable information to help you
select the most suitable flooring width, pattern and furnishings for your room.