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Laying Hardwood Floors

ArtExpress's picture

I am laying hardwood in my bedroom, at some point I will be laying it in my hallway leading up to the bedroom, is it common practice to lay the boards in the direction of the hallway or can I go opposite of that direction.  My bedroom is wide but not deep and laying it across the grain of the hallway may look silly.  What is common practice when laying it.  I know it should always go perpendicular to your floor joists and in my case that will mean it will go in the opposite direction to the hallway.  thanksArtExpress

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tllwoods's picture

I was just discussing this with a contractor.  You are right, should go perpendicular with the floor joists.I think that if you are running it a certain way, it can accentuate the look of a room.  For example, if you have a long narrow room and you run the boards down the length of the room, it would make the room look longer.  If you run them across the room, it would make it look look wider.  If that makes sense.I understand what you mean - it may look odd to have short pieces across the width of the hallway.  I would call a few hardwood floor places and ask and see what they say as I'm sure they come across this alot.T

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