Floor laying. Hardwood Floor Direction

It’s time to change the flooring and upgrade to beautiful new hardwood. But before choosing wood, ordering and planning, installation, it is important to think – in which direction you should put your hardwood? What at first seemed like an easy decision may now seem overwhelming, because you will live with it for a long time. Don’t worry, your choice of flooring-direction depends on various factors, which we will present to you.

Let’s start with the first types of directions.

What is the direction of laying your hardwood floors

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Straight / vertical hardwood floor installation direction

The most common floor pattern is straight, also called vertical. To achieve this model, hardwood floorboards are installed parallel to each other, the length or width of your room. This classic pattern is used to create simple and even modern designs, enhancing the original look of a hardwood floor. As this installation is the easiest, it is also the cheapest. Installing other articles can take longer and requires an extra tree, making them a little more expensive.

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Horizontal hardwood flooring

This is another common floor model. If your room is narrower, it may feel like an enclosed space. A good way to combat this problem is to lay hardwood floors horizontally. It opens the eye from one side to the other, not along the length of the room. Just as a horizontally striped shirt can make people look wider than it is, horizontal stripes formed by floorboards in a room can do the same.

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Coniferous, solid wood floor laying

In the herring stone, wooden boards are placed diagonally with a zig-zag pattern. This pattern can be arranged in a traditional pattern or with square modules to make it look like a parquet design.

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Diagonal hardwood flooring

This direction will give your room elegance without moving too far from the traditional straight direction. Solid wood floor boards are installed parallel to each other, but are placed at a 45 degree angle to the walls.

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Accidental hardwood floor laying-direction

Random pattern installations offer a straight, parallel design, but they include a mix of boards of different widths. This hardwood flooring allows you to choose the ratio of wide and narrow boards, which gives a nice unique custom look. This article will also give your room a more rustic aesthetic with added movement and an energetic sense.

Parketa, koka grīdas ieklāšana rīgā, latvijāParquet hardwood floor laying direction

This flooring pattern is the laying of wooden boards in a repeated geometric pattern. This pattern creates a solid wood floor like checkers, so sometimes each square of a chess piece has more complex patterns.

Parketa, koka grīdas ieklāšana rīgā, latvijāSolid wood flooring – what to consider

Now let’s look at the things to consider in relation to your space to help you go in the right direction.

Room contact points

To get the most pleasant or dramatic impression, your boards should be placed in a direction that leads to a certain focal point of the room, such as a nice fireplace or other large architectural details.

Light sources

Also consider the light sources in your room, such as how light falls between the boards. This can lengthen or shorten the desired look of the room. Boards moving from your entrance to the outside can make the gap bigger or even longer, while flooring from side to side wall shortens the visual effect. This is by no means a disadvantage, as it can make your room more cozy.

Floor beams

Another thing to consider is the floor joists. Floor joists are used to support the floor above an open area, such as a basement, screening area, etc. It’s like a mini bridge that is only supported at each end. When many beams are installed close to each other and a plywood is attached at the top, they create a large floor area called a “floor system”.

Several floor laying directions

If you are laying hardwood in more than one room, this requires some advance planning, which should be planned before ordering and planning the installation. It may seem that an open concept room flows evenly over one large area if your wood flooring is installed from one long end of the room to the other. Strangely shaped rooms or rooms which open from narrow corridors may not use floor coverings formed along a single continuous line of sight; a thin strip of wood can be installed to determine the threshold where the flooring changes direction. As a way to avoid transitions or create a nice, influential visual presentation, consider placing wooden floors diagonally or herringbone throughout the house.

Lines of vision

Guide the hardwood boards from the main entrance in the direction of the opposite wall will help simplify visibility and make the room less busy.


Floors in narrow rooms or corridors should be protruded out of the doorway to avoid a restless appearance – and are also much easier to install.

Uneven walls

Another important thing to consider when laying hardwood floors is the possibility that your walls are not straight.

Structural considerations

Wooden floors should always be placed perpendicular to the floor joists – rather across them. This will make the floor structurally stable and help prevent the boards from separating or bending.

Floor laying

So, there is no right or wrong laying of a wooden floor, its kind . Choosing the direction of solid wood is a matter of personal taste and the layout of your room.

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Our design consultants are knowledgeable in helping you choose from the wide range of products we offer, and our expert installation team is professionally trained to make sure everything is installed the way you think. We know that your home is an expression of your sense of style and we are here to make sure that you can be proud of it for years to come.