Laying flooring in the bathroom

Which is the best direction to lay hardwood floor in a regular sized bathroom? Perpendicular to the tub or parallel with the tub? The bathroom is a basic sink, then toilet, then tub against the back wall. Outside of the bathroom is a small foyer with three bedroom doors adjoining and a hall closed. Thanks! btw...the 'hardwood' is really waterproof slats.
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  • Laura Paine Laura Paine on Jun 22, 2017
    Perpendicular to the floor joists is best. If you have a very firm sub floor you can lay them either way. If you are thinking of how it will look only, I would follow the same direction that is in the foyer.

  • Nancy Nancy on Jun 22, 2017
    Diagonally would work too...and give it a larger look!

  • Lea Swenson Lea Swenson on Jun 22, 2017
    We have done both ways, following the hallway and also going the length of the bathroom. Honestly, either way looks good.

  • Jamie Jamie on Jun 22, 2017
    When it all comes down to the end, the look is what is going to matter to you. You are going to be looking at this floor for a long time. I would run it with the tub, there will be less seams along the tub and you will have to run a line of caulk between the tub and floor. If not water will get underneath. Stager the next row 12-18" for the seams or what the manufacturer calls for. The tub should be square with the wall, but check it. You don't want to be running your floor at an angle when you get to the end. Check the other end and see which end is more square. If they are both off, start with the end where you can hide the difference. Good luck, take your time.
    Contractor of 30yrs

  • Terry Terry on Jun 22, 2017
    All great answers! It really depends on the bathroom... is it narrow or wide. Which installation will make it look larger or smaller? Is it a large bathroom with everything square; perhaps diagonal would soften all the corners. In the end, it is really up to you. Is the foyer going to be included? Are the bedrooms carpeted or bare wood floors. It all has to fit together.

  • Seethebeauty Seethebeauty on Jun 22, 2017
    everything is carpeted upstairs...this is really great advice. I decided to go parallel with the tub because there are more pluses than negatives. Less seams at the tub, if I were ever to do the upstairs I would end up laying the floor to go lenth ways into the bedrooms so in keeping with that pattern, parallel works best. I will definitely square it off first, wasn't thinking about that before. Thanks!

  • Florent Florent on Jun 22, 2017
    You must think about the room shape. Hard wood floor modify the look of the room : it appears more long if you place it in the length perpendiculary to the bath for your room). It will look larger if you place it parallely to the bath. If your room is not regular, placing it digonaly will amplify the irregular shape. And in a bathroom, you'd better use wood for outside or resisting to water (greasy woods such as tek...) and of course on joist, or something wich look like it (otherwise, wood will be attacked by mold. Or you can use vinyl wood looking, or stick thin hard wood, but always for wet rooms.