Consistent Widths or Varied?
One question homeowners tend to ask is if they should incorporate random widths of wood flooring, or keep them all the same. The answer is…it’s entirely up to you. Whichever way you prefer is perfectly appropriate. But, you’ll want to be fully sure which look you want before committing to it.
Once you select a wood plank that is over 2 ¼ to 3” wide, you’ll need to decide whether to have them all the same size width or vary the sizes. For wood planks that are under 2 ¼ to 3” wide, you want to keep them uniform.
Do you like a clean, uniform look that has a consistent, linear appeal? If so, you’ll want the width of your planks to be the same. If you are drawn to the unexpected look of mixing and matching, random widths may be more up your alley.
Wide width flooring creates drama. It also is more in keeping with how wood flooring in the old days was laid because basically, whatever wood was available was used before modern technology stepped in to do the sawing and measuring.
It’s a good idea to check out a finished floor that is done in the style you are leaning towards. In fact, looking at both layouts is even wiser. You may think you like the look of random widths, but in reality, it may prove to be too much for your taste.