Wide Plank Flooring: How to Choose a Width

One of the most important elements in any room is the flooring.  Whether you choose wood, carpet, tile or linoleum—the flooring takes up a vast majority of any space and helps set the tone of the entire room.  For our purposes today we will be discussing how to choose pine flooring – much like other types of flooring the details are what will make the difference and one of the most important of these details is the width of the board.

For those looking to break away from the “typical” look of standard flooring we suggest wide plank flooring. Wide pine flooring is available in a variety of plank widths – each width providing it’s own look and feel that can serve as a unique design feature in your home.

Choosing what set of widths to use in your home should depend on the size of the room and the over all design aesthetic of the room. This flooring type can come in board widths of 6”-20” and it is important to keep the size of the room in mind when choosing the width.  Remember wide boards take up more space and should be at least 10-12’ long to really showcase the wide plank look.

To ensure your wide plank flooring fits your design aesthetics, we can put them into 2 groups – Random Widths and standard widths (all one width).

Random widths are often used for historical restorations and however they also provide a flexibility that can work with any type of design—rustic, modern or even traditional.  Random widths include a variety of 3-5 board widths and can be installed in either a pattern or as the name implies, randomly. This can give any room a customized look that sets your home apart.

Using one standard width for your flooring is the perfect choice to accent a clean modern or traditional design.  The consistent lines it creates can provide an elegant twist to the traditional wide plank style.

When choosing your flooring be sure to consider stepping outside the box and look at options like pine wide plank flooring.  It’s amazing what simple pine planks can do to set your home apart.