I'm putting down hardwoods in my entrance way and in my living room
(which attaches to my entrance way). The boards will run one way in my
entrace way and the other way in my living room. My question is, how do
they meet up?
There's about a 5 foot "gap" connecting the entrance way to the living
room. And the walls of this 5 foot gap are about 5 inches thick. Some
people say to lay down a 5 inch "header board" to divide the two areas
of hardwoods. But I'm not sure I like that idea - that board may look
out of place with the surrounding 2.25 inch boards. Some say to meet
the boards half way into that 5 inch area. Some say to have the living
room boards come all the way through the 5 inch span (i.e. the boards in
the entrace way stay completely out of that 5 inch span). I'm leaning
towards the latter. But does anyone know what is usually done in this
I've got this same scenario between my dining room and family room,
which is an addition. I've got that 5" threshhold piece where the
wall used to be and it looks fine. I don't like the different
orientations of the wood in the 2 rooms, but given that it's necessary
due to the joist orientation, the 5" piece just looks like the first
board in the other room.
Go for a 5" wide walnut board. Accent the difference.
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