What is Herringbone Flooring?

Thinking of having new Hardwood flooring installed? There are various styles you could go for, including wide plank, 2-strip and Herringbone. Herringbone flooring can make a statement in any home, but is it right for you?

What does Herringbone flooring look like?

Herringbone flooring has a very distinctive pattern, using a geometric arrangement of rectangular shapes to create its unique appearance. Named after a herring, this pattern strikes a resemblance to the bones of a fish. You might find this pattern in castles, historical properties and museums. It can add elegance to any modern home with its detailed pattern. 

Herringbone Flooring

How is Herringbone installed?

The installation process of Herringbone flooring is time-consuming and requires skill. This is why it is beneficial to hire a professional installer if you’re thinking of having any Hardwood flooring installed. The process should be carried out using a variety of tools to ensure it is laid correctly, with all pieces of wood being fitted at the right angle. These tools include:

  • Engineered hardwood flooring
  • Border flooring strip
  • Apron flooring strips
  • Chalk line tool
  • Circular saw
  • Router
  • Rubber mallet
  • Wood glue
  • Rafter squares
  • Tape measure
  • A spare piece of 3/4-inch plywood
  • Screws
  • Flooring nailer
  • Flooring splines
  • Nails
  • Painter’s tape

The measurements must be correct, as even a millimetre can affect the placement of the wood, ruining the perfect Herringbone pattern. At Ryans, our team of engineers are fully trained in installing Herringbone flooring, with years of experience. With this in mind, you can be assured that we will create the perfect Herringbone pattern in your home.

Steps taken when installing a Herringbone floor

  1. Prepare the floor. The correct tools are prepared, as well as ensuring the subfloor is in good condition for installation. This includes making sure the subfloor is level, as this can affect the installation process. 
  2. Establish the field. The centre of the room will be found using the tape measure. A chalk line is then drawn down the centre of the room, as well as establishing the border. 
  3. Cut the wooden slats. The slats should be trimmed to the desired length, depending on the desired look. All slats should be kept at a 90-degree angle to slot together perfectly. 
  4. Create/set a nailing blank. A nailing blank works as a template for Herringbone installation. This is done by creating a 3/4-inch right-angled triangle from plywood, which is then screwed into the subfloor as a guide. 
  5. Secure the flooring in place. At this stage, the flooring can be laid, two slats at a time to ensure the angles remain correct. 
  6. Fill in the gaps. Due to the nature of the Herringbone pattern, triangular gaps will be left around the edge of the room. Boards can be cut to size to fill these gaps. 

A decorative border can be added at this stage if desired, but this is up to personal preference. It can make the floor look more finished, completing the overall sleek visual aesthetic within the room. 

Why should you get Herringbone flooring? 

Herringbone is a durable floor, as well as being a fashionable choice. It has a timeless look, with many different colour options available, making it a versatile option that can be customised to suit your home. Not only that, but the design can make a room appear larger, particularly in narrow areas such as hallways. This is because the intricate design gives the illusion of movement, allowing it to enhance any space. To make a space look larger and brighter, you might choose a light-coloured Herringbone floor to create a more open vibe. Herringbone can be used in any type of room, from a small bedroom to a large dining room. 

You might be wondering how durable Herringbone flooring is, especially in high-traffic areas such as a living room or kitchen. All of Ryans’ Hardwood floors are incredibly hard-wearing and can be restored in time by sanding the wood and recoating it with the desired stain and lacquer. This process can be repeated time and again, making Hardwood Herringbone flooring an extremely long-lasting choice. There is also the option to choose a different stain and finish when having your flooring refurbished, meaning you can customise your wooden flooring to suit your room whenever you like. 

How much does Herringbone flooring cost?

Herringbone flooring is typically one of the more expensive options for Hardwood flooring, due to the time, skilled labour and materials it takes to install. Despite this, it can be a great investment to make – you’ll have a beautiful floor that can last for many years to come. 

If you’re interested in Hardwood flooring installation, please feel free to get in touch with our team to discuss your options and receive a free, no-obligation quote. Give us a call on 01823 674562 or visit our contact page

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