Laying Hardwood Floors Along Hallways – Basic Facts

laying hardwood floors along hallways basic facts

Basically, there are 3 ways of laying hardwood floors along hallways – vertically, horizontally and diagonally (at an angle). As there are rooms along hallways, however, utmost consideration should be taken when deciding on your floor plan. Remember, there should always be a smooth flow as you walk from one area of your home to another – otherwise, the entire ambiance of your home will be out of sync.

Vertical Style

Opting for laying hardwood floors vertically is an economical way to install this type of flooring. With this design, you will be making fewer cuts on wood and minimize on wastes. Even the amount of time dedicated for labor will also be cut short.

This design will also prove to be advantageous for hallways that are short. Because of the straight long lines, it will give your hallway an illusion of extra length and space.

Although a vertical design seems to be practical and economical and easy, I seldom use this type of design. For one, it reminds me of a bowling alley (LOL). I mean, I like bowling, but I don’t want to have a bowling ambiance in my home. So, that’s something to consider. Perhaps if you love bowling, you would love laying hardwood floors this way (and that’s ok too).

Another disadvantage to designing hardwood floors vertically on hallways is that entering rooms can sometimes feel awkward. Since this design leads away from a room (if the room is located on the side of the hallway), it disrupts the flow when you enter a room.

Horizontal Style

The main advantage of laying hardwood floors horizontally is that it will make your hallway look wide and spacious. So if you only have about 2-feet of space for your hallway, this design can make it look wider (and better).

Note, however, that this design is not very economical because you will have to make a lot of cuts. Also, the amount of labor needed for this will be greater than that of the vertical style.

What I like about laying wood horizontally is that the design flows naturally into rooms on the sides of the hallway. So if you’re also using hardwood floors in rooms, you can just continue with the design as you enter the room.

Diagonal Style

Designing hardwood floors diagonally on hallways is actually one of my favorite designs when remodeling a house. I just like how it flows naturally all over the house, including the rooms located along the sides of the hallway.

This design can be used on both narrow and short hallways as it adds width and height to the entire area. Yes, you will have to make some cuts and there will be some pieces that are wasted – but it’s all worth it. As for the labor required, I’d say the work required will be somewhere between laying the wood vertically and horizontally.

This is a room that's accessible from the hallway. As you can see, we had to take off the old flooring before we could install new hardwood floors for this particular room.

This is a room that’s accessible from the hallway. As you can see, we had to take off the old flooring before we could install new hardwood floors for this particular room.

Now that the old flooring has been completely removed, we cleaned the place up in preparation for the installation of the new flooring.

Now that the old flooring has been completely removed, we cleaned the place up in preparation for the installation of the new flooring.

The flooring for the room is now completed. The hardwood floor from the hallway extends to this room.

The flooring for the room is now completed. The hardwood floor from the hallway extends to this room.

As you can see, the hardwood floor also extends to the small cabinet in the room. This design provides for a feeling of continuity as the built-in cabinet is still a part of the room.

As you can see, the hardwood floor also extends to the small cabinet in the room. This design provides for a feeling of continuity as the built-in cabinet is still a part of the room.

See the view of the hallway? Notice how the diagonal pieces of hardwood floor flow continuously into the room.

See the view of the hallway? Notice how the diagonal pieces of hardwood floor flow continuously into the room.

Important Things to Consider

So again, here are just some of the things that you should consider when planning out your hallway flooring using hardwood:

  • Design and flow
  • Practicality and cost involved
  • Labor and time required

Weigh how you want the above factors to influence your installation of wood flooring and you’ll do just fine. If it’s your home, you can design it any way you want, right?

I just provided you with tips on how to go about it as my team has a lot of experience in floor installation and house remodeling. And hey, don’t forget to send me before and after shots of your project so that I can see how it turned out, ok? Good luck!

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