Renovations - Choosing the right width for your floor boards

With spring cleaning behind you, did you get a sudden urge to renovate and change the look of your home? If you're considering a new hardwood floor, here are some tips to help you with the choice of board widths!

First, it's important not to see floor board width as "yet another decision" to make. Instead, see this as the selection of a major design feature. Your decor, the size and shape of your rooms, your budget, and of course your personal taste will be the important elements to consider.


In addition to the width of the floor boards, consider the appearance of the wood grain and how it fits in with your preferred decorative style. Some wood species like Hickory offer colour variations that are hard to predict─which also gives it its charm. Oak has a more consistent but prominent grain, while Maple offers a more discreet grain. Depending on the wood you choose, the width of a board may emphasize the appearance of the grain and can be an element to consider. Wider boards offer a larger surface which is perfect for floors with more character and knots. While narrow floor boards can be more appropriate for a more refined wood essence and appearance. 


Recently we've seen growing interest for board widths of 4, 5 or even 7 inches wide, which have become very popular with contemporary style decor. 

The narrower boards will always have their place and will forever be considered a classic─especially when laid out in the herringbone pattern─a look that will probably never go out of style.

size and shape of your space :

Contrary to what you might think, a small room doesn't necessarily need narrower boards. Instead, using wider boards will give the impression of a larger space simply because fewer joints are visible. The herringbone pattern with narrower boards (2 or 3 inches wide)  can also give the illusion of a larger space in a narrow room. Using the chevron pattern is an excellent way to make the space appear much larger.

7-inch boards vs. 3¾-inch boards.

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pose herringbone

And it's the same for wider boards (5 to 7 inches wide), which can fill the space of a larger room better and adapt easier to scale. 


Larger logs are needed to make wider boards, this can increase the costs to produce this fashionable width. It really comes down to choosing what you like most. That's why it's often best to start your renovation plan with a choice of flooring material since a good chunk of your budget will go toward it. It is however possible to strike a balance between what you like and what your budget considerations will allow.

If you choose boards as wide as 7 inches, make sure to choose from our engineered flooring selection. A traditional hardwood floor is most at risk in humid conditions, that's why Preverco only offers this width as part of its engineered floor lineup to ensure maximum stability.

And you? Which do you prefer?

          • Narrow floor boards 
          • Wider floor boards
          • Herringbone pattern

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