Wood Floor Plank Length Matters
The general rule of thumb is that wide boards with short lengths tend to make a floor look choppy. While that may seem like a ‘no brainer’, you might be surprised to learn that the typical wide wood plank flooring on the market is wide and short.
Wide planks are often seen in 8, 6, or 4’ lengths which can look less than attractive when laid. The average length of the most typical wood flooring is only 2’ to 3’ long. When you go beyond 6’, you’ll most likely need to custom order, pay more, and wait a while to get it. But, it may be well worth it all.
If you are using a thin plank, you will want the width to be narrow. Again, boxed planks don’t always fit the mold of what the ideal widths and lengths should be to look their best. You can, however, do some homework of your own and end up with boards that are practically perfect in pairing in the length and width.
Certain wood flooring does really well when the planks are wide and on the long side. Oak, ash, barn-wood, cherry, walnut, and other fine woods do exceptionally well in long, wide planks. Older trees are best for long planks and they are the most apt to have higher quality and more beauty about them too. Another perk is that wide, long boards on flooring offer the ultimate in stability too.