One very effective way of adding personality to your custom hardwood floors is by adjusting the dimensions of the boards used.
Hardwood floor width typically varies from 1 ½ inches to a foot, while length generally ranges from one foot to seven feet. You can choose the dimensions within those ranges that please you, and your choices will play a key role in creating the character of your hardwood flooring.
The trends in hardwood flooring widths are constantly shifting. Currently, wider planks are extremely popular. Wider boards allow more of the grain characteristics to show, and they are ideal for wide, open spaces. Wider boards generally create a casual feel, while narrow boards fit great in a formal room—which is one reason they continue to be the choice of many. We have also seen a rise in demand for random-width flooring.
A random width offers great performance, an interesting look, and excellent value for the cost. One consideration to keep in mind when choosing width is that the wider the boards, the shorter the room will look, while thinner boards will make a room look larger. It’s also important to talk with your hardwood floor company about the best width—based on the humidity conditions in a room—to prevent cupping, crowing, or gapping.
The most common choice regarding length is to use random-length boards. Not only is this less-expensive, it creates visual interest. Generally speaking, longer boards tend to create a formal, elegant feel, while shorter boards are more casual.
When selecting hardwood floors, choosing the dimensions of the boards is an important aspect of achieving the feel you want. We’ll be happy to work with you to help you decide on the best dimensions for your interior design goals.