How Can You Pick the Right Widths for your Hardwood Floors?

Hardwood flooring is available in many different materials with vastly differing characteristics. One of the most crucial design element is choosing the width of the wood planks. Determining the flooring style and material that works best for your home is based on your desired aesthetic and functionality of the space. Most importantly, the right width of your planks is what makes you happy. Our team at Artisan Wood Floors will help you pick the correct widths of your hardwoods to achieve the perfect look.

Hardwood Flooring Materials and Style

Figuring out the desired aesthetics of hardwood flooring that works best for your home is one of the most fun parts of designing a space. When it comes to installing flooring in your home, selecting the material first can help you then decide on the plank width. The type of hardwoods to choose from are either prefinished, or site finished flooring. Certain types of wood flooring, such as prefinished planks, should be avoided in high moisture areas such as kitchens and bathrooms. Flooring finished on site is raw wood, and aside from picking the right width, we will customize the color, texture, pattern and finish for your specifications.


It is essential to take into account the wood grain when choosing the width of your hardwoods. Wood with a lot of grain and knots shows its character the best in wide planks. On the other hand, the consistent variations in species such as oak and maple make them excellent choices for narrower planks. If your heart is set on a specific species of wood, it’s characteristics along with the availability in widths could help you refine the options. The material you decide on will ultimately be determined by what flows best in your home and goes with your decorative style.

Narrow Planks

Classic hardwood flooring styles are generally 2 to 3 inches wide. The narrower sized planks are a timeless design feature that works in both traditional and modern homes. Narrow planks are also great for achieving patterned designs such as herringbone, chevron, or block parquet. In small or narrow rooms, the right pattern style can make the room feel larger. Accenting with gorgeous borders or medallions is another way our craftsmen at Artisan Hardwood Flooring can add exciting details to narrow hardwoods floors.

Wide Planks

Although narrower planks are a classic go to, recently more people are shifting to wider hardwood floorings. The standard size plank nowadays is 5 inches, but boards are available anywhere from 4, 5, 7, and even up 10 inches wide. With fewer seams on the floor, a small room can look larger, and the broad planks deliver an elegant flow to any space. The design possibilities of larger planks are endless, making them appealing to contemporary spaces and rustic style designs alike.

Random Width Planks

Random width boards are also growing in popularity and can be incorporated in any style décor. This varying sized flooring delivers an authentic look by integrating the natural variety of the tree widths. Because manufacturers don’t have to sort or trim these planks as much, random width flooring can also be less expensive. The versatility of this hardwood flooring option creates a stunning design scheme that adds warmth and character to any space.

Other Considerations

There are some other things to consider before setting your heart on a hardwood flooring design. Keeping in mind any budget concerns may help you determine the right width for your hardwoods. Larger planks are crafted from bigger logs and are often more costly. If you are planning on installing flooring in a kitchen or bathroom, your overall options will be limited to flooring that will maintain its integrity in that space.

Have Questions About Your Hardwood Flooring Project?

Picking the right width of your hardwood flooring is one of the essential design choices in your home. Take into account your décor, the shape and dimensions of the room, and the room’s use. The material, color, texture, and plank width are mostly based on what appeals to you and any budget considerations. Classic or contemporary, the width of your hardwoods should match your style and the unique characteristics of your home.

At Artisan Hardwood Flooring we’ll make sure to walk you through all of your options to create a stunning space that you love being in. Our expert flooring mechanics have years of experience and will craft a completely personalized aesthetic for you. For more information or to request a quote, fill out our form or contact us at (215) 515-7355 or request a quote.





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