Which direction should you run hardwood flooring in a long hallway???? Long
ways or cross ways?
The sub-floor is 3/4" plywood. Going perpendicular to the floor joists
would mean laying the hardwood "cross-ways" (the width of the hall), but I
think I would prefer the appearance if it were long-ways (along the length
of the hall).
Is there a right or wrong here? How bad is it if I do not go perpendicular
to the floor joists?
Did mine cross ways. I like the look. Give the appearance of a wider hall
and flows right into the room at the end of it where the wood is in the same
direction. . FWIW, you never see hallways in the brochures, just full
Run it long ways down the hall. Floor joists are irrelevant. You will not
be nailing to them. Put down 30 lbs felt paper under the floor. Stagger
all joints by at least 6". Rent a good floor nailer. Move the wood into
the space to be floored at least two days before you lay the floor. Have
fun. I like doing a floor occasionally.
"Run it long ways down the hall. Floor joists are irrelevant. You will not
be nailing to them. "
While you will not be nailing to floor joists, they are not irrelevant.
Crosswise of the joists will give a much less springy, stronger, floor. I
think long wise down the hall does give a better appearance.
Mat, the answer is simple. Lay some boards down in both directions and see
which you like the best. As a rule of thumb, if you run them length wise,
the hall will look narrower and longer. Lay them width wise and the hall
will look wider and shorter.
I laid wood flooring in our very modest master bathroom. The room is 6'
deep from the door and 12' wide and I laid the flooring such that the length
of the board was in the 6' depth direction. The bathroom literally looked
twice as big after I was finished.
Split the difference. Run them cross-ways for the first half of the
floor, and the long wat for the second half.
tt, who feels certain someone will say I'm wrong -- that it should be
the long way for the FIRST half, and cross-ways for the second.
Greetings and Salutations...
On Tue, 07 Oct 2003 20:37:31 GMT, Test Tickle
I suppose it depends on the hallway. However, I know
some folks that have an old farmhouse with a large hall through
the center. the planks are laid down the length of the hall,
and, are alternating hard maple and walnut. Looks very nice.
By the by...I understand the wood was cut and milled onsite
when the house was built...
Only time I've ever seen the flooring in a long narrow hallway running
crosswise was in a large room that had been partitioned and made into
two rooms with the hallway running between them. The hallway was about
16' long and 3 1/2 or 4' wide (didn't measure, just a guess). Something
about it didn't look right. Can't put my finger on it, but it just
didn't look right. Might just be conditioning.
Ms. Leslie, do you live in Maryland by chance?
I've been thinking about this since mine runs crosswise and the majority
seem to think length wise. My conclusion is: It all depends.
If you have say four rooms off a hallway, some of the flooring in the rooms
may be running the same direction as the hallway and it would look OK, but
the rooms at the end would not have the flow into them from the hall. It
would be a compromise of sorts.
In my case, the family room flooring runs crosswise to the hallway, so since
it is the same flooring continued, it is natural to follow the same
direction. I think if I changed direction, it would look awkward. I'll
eventually do the room at the opposite end and continue in the same
direction. Off to the side is a bathroom and utility area and since neither
has wood flooring, it does not matter visually.
I looked as some web sites for flooring, but none seem to show a hallway.
Ed, I didn't think it was the correct/or the incorrect way to do it.
This was in one of those beautiful Victorian mansions (American
Victorian) built in the 1870s. This was in the McKnight section of
Springfield Massachusetts. This beautiful structure had been divided
into apartments and, other than partitions, hadn't been too badly
butchered. The long hall just didn't look good and I expect it's more to
my eyes conditioning to expect long runs with long. Inspect I could
change, but thinking about it, naaaa.
Several years ago I lived in Frederick Maryland and knew a woman by the
name of Leslie Gossett. She was a most interesting woman, brewer, biker
(bicycles), kayaker (paddler), sort of lived off the land; she didn't
really have a steady job, but always managed to make do. She was
probably 10 or more years younger than me and I'm 62. This Leslie would
have/could have been a great woodworker if she chose. It would (sigh)
have been one of her interests. Lost track of her in the last 6-7 yrs.,
but I hope she hasn't changed.
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