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Posted: 2/22/2006 6:45:10 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/22/2006 6:50:09 AM EDT by TacticalStrat]
I am installing wood floors in my study and master bedroom. Which way should the planks run? I am thinking I want to do it like in the below image, or I could turn them 90 degrees. What do you guys think, or does it matter?


Link Posted: 2/22/2006 6:46:27 AM EDT
Link Posted: 2/22/2006 6:49:19 AM EDT
I installed my wood floors parrallel with the direction of the main entry way.

In other words I installed them long axis running away from me when I entered the room.

Instead of perpendicular to direction of entry.

I think I didn't explain that very well.



You have a "Hearth Room"????
Link Posted: 2/22/2006 6:52:24 AM EDT
Whatever direction you decide, run them that way throught the entire house for continuity.
Link Posted: 2/22/2006 6:52:28 AM EDT
there are no" rules". which way looks the best to you?
Link Posted: 2/22/2006 6:53:37 AM EDT
If you are using hardwood flooring I would run perpendicular to the joist.
Link Posted: 2/22/2006 6:53:38 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/22/2006 6:58:21 AM EDT by quijanos]
Usually long direction for best effect.


eta
the diagram you've demonstrated looks to be your best options IMO
Link Posted: 2/22/2006 6:53:50 AM EDT

Originally Posted By txwxgirl:
Whatever direction you decide, run them that way throught the entire house for continuity.


+1
Link Posted: 2/22/2006 6:55:13 AM EDT
Whichever makes the room seem bigger.Seems right for the master bedroom, but you might want to run them the same way in the study so it makes the room seem bigger. Or do a 45 degree angle thing, that always looks nice.
Link Posted: 2/22/2006 7:00:35 AM EDT

Originally Posted By j-fonz:

Originally Posted By txwxgirl:
Whatever direction you decide, run them that way throught the entire house for continuity.


+1



I am only using wood in the master and study. The rest of the house has limestone floors. Even though you can't see the master from the study and vis-versa, should I still run them the same way in both room?
Link Posted: 2/22/2006 7:01:31 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/22/2006 7:02:10 AM EDT by DK-Prof]

Originally Posted By DarkCloud:
If you are using hardwood flooring I would run perpendicular to the joist.



+1


I always thought that WAS the rule for hardwood flooring. (unless of course there are no joists, and it's a solid subfloor - then it doesn't matter)
Link Posted: 2/22/2006 7:02:01 AM EDT

Originally Posted By j-fonz:

Originally Posted By txwxgirl:
Whatever direction you decide, run them that way throught the entire house for continuity.


+1



not necessarily. the direction of the flooring will give the room different depth and feel to it
Link Posted: 2/22/2006 7:04:39 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Boog:
I installed my wood floors parrallel with the direction of the main entry way.

In other words I installed them long axis running away from me when I entered the room.

Instead of perpendicular to direction of entry.

I think I didn't explain that very well.



You have a "Hearth Room"????




It's a fancy word used by the builder for a Living Room. Here's a pic of the room.



Link Posted: 2/22/2006 7:06:02 AM EDT
run 'em in the same direction as the traffic pattern

ie perpendicular to the doorway that you'll most frequently use to enter the room
Link Posted: 2/22/2006 7:07:22 AM EDT
Whichever way keeps the wife quiet.
Link Posted: 2/22/2006 7:10:21 AM EDT
Pergo says that the flooring should run the same general direction as how the rays of light enter the room. That worked for me when remodeling a large room, however then you do an entire house you have much to consider.
Link Posted: 2/22/2006 7:17:54 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Hedonist:
Pergo says that the flooring should run the same general direction as how the rays of light enter the room. That worked for me when remodeling a large room, however then you do an entire house you have much to consider.



I guess I need to put my house on a revolving platform
Link Posted: 2/22/2006 7:21:29 AM EDT

Originally Posted By DK-Prof:

Originally Posted By DarkCloud:
If you are using hardwood flooring I would run perpendicular to the joist.



+1


I always thought that WAS the rule for hardwood flooring. (unless of course there are no joists, and it's a solid subfloor - then it doesn't matter)




The house is on a slab foundation.
Link Posted: 2/22/2006 7:26:16 AM EDT
going the long direction of the room will lead to less waste.
Teh coolest thing with hardwood floors is to put in a border. So, the boards all run one way, but one foot off the wall is a black (or different colored one) going with teh walls of the room.
very cool look.
Link Posted: 2/22/2006 7:31:37 AM EDT

Originally Posted By photokirk:
Whichever way keeps the wife quiet.



+1

depends on how large you want the room to "look"
Link Posted: 2/22/2006 7:54:09 AM EDT
Don't go too radical or avant-garde with what you do. Wood is kind of a classic look anyway and can look REAL dated or silly if it's too far from what's been done for years. No flame intended on the border look... I did it on another house I had.
1) long ways "with" the room
2) your own vantage point when entering
3) window light

FWIW my '26 house has original T$G boards diagonal across the floor joists and the oak strips diagonal to the T&G ... that way it doesn't matter whether the oak flooring is in-line or across the joists. And how you could do a "whole house" the same way is beyond me ? A hallway with the flooring laid across it would look beyond wierd !! Stay safe
Link Posted: 2/22/2006 7:59:32 AM EDT

Originally Posted By sparkyCG:
Don't go too radical or avant-garde with what you do. Wood is kind of a classic look anyway and can look REAL dated or silly if it's too far from what's been done for years. No flame intended on the border look... I did it on another house I had.
1) long ways "with" the room
2) your own vantage point when entering
3) window light

FWIW my '26 house has original T$G boards diagonal across the floor joists and the oak strips diagonal to the T&G ... that way it doesn't matter whether the oak flooring is in-line or across the joists. And how you could do a "whole house" the same way is beyond me ? A hallway with the flooring laid across it would look beyond wierd !! Stay safe



Thanks for the tips. I'm going with a simple hickory 5" plank with no accents.





Link Posted: 2/22/2006 8:06:57 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Hedonist:
Pergo says that the flooring should run the same general direction as how the rays of light enter the room. That worked for me when remodeling a large room, however then you do an entire house you have much to consider.



That is so that with their floors, you have light hitting a small seam every four feet instead of a long seam every eight inches, which ruins the illusion of a hardwood floor. With real wood it doesn't matter.

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