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Denver Hardwood Floors Directional Decisions

March 14, 2019

Congratulations, you’ve made nearly every decision associated with hardwood flooring for your installation or complete repair. Wood types and lengths have been analyzed, colors and stains have been sampled and ultimately, you feel the hardwood floors about to be installed are going to truly change the look and feel of your home. You’d be right, but there is one other important factor to consider when implementing a hardwood flooring surface that you may have forgotten. 

Which direction do you want these hardwood floors to flow and if any edges are used, should it change or continue in the same pattern?

This is important and definitely something to consider and discuss with professionals prior to beginning the process. You’ll want to consider where furniture will be, how the wood may transition to hallways and other rooms in the house, in addition to what is going to create the best look for your home. 


Often, the correct direction for laying hardwood floors revolves around the main entrance and creating a good flow to the home. By running the boards longways from the doorway all the way into and throughout the home, the flow and openness desired from implementing hardwood floors can be achieved. 

If ran counter to the doorway, it almost creates a blockage as the boards would be in line with the wall instead of perpendicular to the entrance. By utilizing the flowing method, a warm and inviting floor pattern is achieved.


However, there are exceptions to utilizing the most common method and depending on your unique situation, a quality look can still be achieved. The house layout and design itself plays a significant factor in determining which direction your boards should be installed. If you own a ranch style home then the front entrance may lead to a hallway and if implemented to flow from the doorway into the back of the home, an entire hallway may be divided into tiny cross-sections, instead of long boards that would extend throughout the length of the space.

Two things can be done to combat this occurrence. Either the boards run the length of the hall throughout the main level to create the flow down and into the other areas of the home - even if it counters from the inviting doorway method, or a transition may be installed and the wood can change direction once it reaches the hallway area. In this instance, the boards would flow from the main entrance and perhaps into one or two rooms and then change direction when it meets with the hallway.

Another exception would be if the homeowner determines to use a hardwood floor inlay. At this point, the selected design would then predict board direction when the two meet where installed.

When you’re ready to make a decision on hardwood floor installation, repair, or refinishing then look no further than TGB Flooring. Our professionally trained employees have a wealth of experience, can assist with the specifics of which factors will influence any addition to your home, and can help in determining the best aesthetically pleasing color scheme for any room in your house. Serving the Denver and surrounding areas since 1990, TGB will provide assistance in selecting the appropriate look, feel, and direction for your space while providing hands on experience and explanations about the work that you want completed. Contact us today at 303-738-9910 to schedule your free estimate to get started.