Designing Your Hardwood Floors on a 45 Degree Angle – Is it Worth It?

Hardwood floors have always been popular because of their versatility and good looks.

Typically, the wooden boards are positioned in a straight line from wall to wall. It’s the traditional look for hardwood floors.

Not too many people are aware of the fact that hardwood floors can be installed on a 45-degree angle. In fact, any angle for that matter. There are those that go for a 10-degree angle to highlight a particular room.

Still, a 45-degree angle is the best style if you’re going to go for a diagonal look in your hard wood flooring. These days, it’s considered an advanced form or modern type of wood flooring design. Those who are not familiar with it will surely find the design not only interesting but pleasing to the eyes as well.

In simple terms, this type of flooring design involves the installation of wooden boards that are parallel to each other. These are laid down on a 45-degree angle to the walls of a given room.

If you’re considering installing 45-degree hardwood floors, it would be wise to know about its advantages and disadvantages first.


Pros and Cons of Designing Your Hardwood Floors in 45-Degree Angle

Needless to say, hardwood floors installed diagonally are more fascinating to look at than the traditional straight line design. Because of that, you can make certain rooms in your house more appealing and interesting as well.

Diagonal hardwood floorings look good on entryways and living rooms. Other rooms in the house can also use this type of flooring.

Small rooms can actually look bigger when 45 degree hardwood floors are utilized because the eyes will be drawn to the corners of the room. Think of it as an optical illusion that can open up narrow spaces in an otherwise cooped up room.

And now, for the cons.

Designing hardwood floors on a 45-degree angle is more costly than the traditional method of lining the wood up in a straight line. It is actually one of the reasons why only a few contractors suggest this style of flooring to homeowners. The work involved is more tedious and time consuming too.

Because of the amount of waste involved in this style of installing hardwood floors, you will need to buy around 20 percent more materials. Just imagine the amount of wood that you need to cut and throw away for this type of flooring.

You need to carefully plan the layout when installing hardwood floors at a 45 degree angle too. Wrong measurements and cuts can lead to more wastes. And of course, having a miter saw would be indispensable too, as you really need to do a lot of cutting.

Now that you know the advantages and disadvantages of installing hardwood floors diagonally, do you still want to go through with it? If the extra cost, extra work, and extra time involved seem reasonable to you, then go ahead.


Here are the tools needed to install hardwood floors on 45-degree angle:

  • Meter Saw
  • Measuring tape
  • Chalk
  • Framing Square
  • Wood Glue
  • Nails

Basically, you can install hardwood floors diagonally using 2 different approaches. You can start at one corner of the room or at the center of the room.

Here are the steps to working from the corner of a room:

  1. From one corner along the 2 walls of a room, measure and chalk mark the subfloor at 2-foot intervals. Use a framing square to measure the 45-degree angle.
  2. Repeat step 1 until the 45-degree pattern reaches the first half of the room.
  3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 until the other half of the room is completely marked with chalk too.
  4. You can now start laying down and installing the wooden boards using wood glue and/ or nails, depending on your subfloor. Use the chalk marks as your guide and make sure that all the rows are straight.
  5. Since the corner triangles are very small, you can start a few feet back. The corners can be filled up after all the rest of the floors are completed.
  6. After completing the first half of the room, start at the other end to start working on the other half.

Here are the steps for installing hardwood floors diagonally from the center of a room:

  1. Find the center of the room and mark the whole room with a big X. Do this by drawing 2 dissecting lines with a chalk. The center of the room will serve as the reference point when installing hardwood floors diagonally.
  2. Use a framing square to measure the 45-degree angle.
  3. Mark the subfloor with lines using chalk. This will serve as your guide when laying down and installing the hardwood floor. Make sure that all the pieces of wood are installed in a straight line.
  4. Starting at the middle of the room, install the pieces of wood one by one, following the lines. Work back from the center of the room to the corner of the room.
  5. After completing the first half of the room, go back to the center of the room and install the pieces of wood going to the opposite direction.

Hard Work + Careful Planning = Wow Factor

As you can see, installing hardwood floors on a 45-degree angle really takes a lot of planning and hard work. BUT – after all the work is done, you’ll see that it’s all worth it.

You will really appreciate the wonderful effects of diagonal hardwood flooring because it’s really impressive. There’s no doubt about it that your house design will stand out from other homes that simply use the traditional straight (ho-hum) hardwood floors.

Our family is blessed with DIY individuals and even the ladies help in construction jobs. When we finished installing hardwood floor on a 45-degree angle in our living room, it looked really REALLY good and everyone was happy. Neighbors who drop by always say, “That’s awesome, we should do that too!”

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