Wide or narrow wood flooring, which one to choose?

- May 15, 2019-


At present, the wood flooring on the market is not only rich in style brand variety but also in specification size, which causes a lot of trouble for you to choose. The size you choose will have a tremendous impact on the look and feel of your entire flooring improvement project, so it’s important to understand your options clearly. Let’s take a look.


Wide plank flooring starts at about 5 inches wide and can go up to as much as 12 inches wide, depending on the wood and the manufacturer. Narrow plank floors tend to run somewhere between 2 and 4 inches in width.


Pros and Cons of Wide Plank Floors

Wide plank flooring is one of the oldest types of hardwood flooring, and they continue to be used to give a space a rustic, classic feel. Since these types of boards are wider, they tend to show more of the wood grain and often feature knots and other signature details that some designers find quite charming.

Plus, the overall cost of a wide plank floor is typically less expensive. The disadvantage of this type of floor is that it’s harder to get a tight fit between boards which can compromise both the look and function of the floor over time. Wide planks in a small space will also make the room feel cramped.


Pros and Cons of Narrow Plank Floors

Narrow plank floor boards are typically used in rooms that have a clean, contemporary feel. Having more boards on the floor naturally compliments this style, and narrow planks work particularly well in small spaces that need to be opened up.

This type of floor also tends to be easier to maintain. The drawbacks of narrow plank floors largely involve cost. Since it takes more boards to over an area the cost of materials and labor will usually be higher.