Asked on Dec 01, 2016

Transitioning hardwood floor to tile floor-is there a better way?

by Dy
We recently installed hardwood floors. The installers used a wide trim between rooms. I think it cheapens the look of the hardwood. Is there another, better looking transition approach we could try?
  20 answers
  • Theresa Theresa on Dec 02, 2016

    I need an answer for this also.....please someone help!

    • Chefsweety Chefsweety on Dec 04, 2016

      I would find a door saddle that can be stained to match, shim under it if necessary and attach to both surfaces with no more nails mastic.

  • William William on Dec 02, 2016

    That trim piece looks too narrow, looks cheap, and can also be a trip hazard. Home Depot, Lowes, and Menards have all kinds of transition moldings for all types of flooring. I would say a wider (2" to 2 1/2") would look better. It would make the transition more flowing and give it a smoother look. Less of a "bump".

  • Jennifer Jennifer on Dec 02, 2016

    We put in a beautiful mosaic tile to make a very nice transition. My husband did it two years ago and I couldn't be more pleased.

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    • Brandy Brandy on Feb 24, 2020

      Hi Jennifer, I want to do this but I can't find a "how to" anywhere. Do you know how your husband did it?

  • Phaedra Phaedra on Dec 02, 2016

    I agree a wider threshold would look better. That tile accent strip is a nice touch too.

    From your picture the placement just looks off. JMO. I would prefer the break to be at one of the corners instead of in the middle of the wall with quarter round only on half the wall. Also I would prefer the wood and tile to be equal distant from the threshold instead of tapering.

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    • 1240839 1240839 on Dec 03, 2016

      When you do your tiling/flooring, keep that in mind. Because perfection is difficult to achiev, even for pros.

  • 1240839 1240839 on Dec 03, 2016

    We left a gap the same size as the tile grout lines and filled with silicone caulk in a color that matches the grout. It's satisfactory, but the caulk shrinks after a couple of years.

  • Suellen Hintz Suellen Hintz on Dec 04, 2016

    We've got a 'stick' like this and the finish has worn from all the walking, and it catches dirt. I agree the placement of yours is off. Can you talk to the installer?

  • Lisa Terry Hann Lisa Terry Hann on Dec 04, 2016

    We used the same hardwood as on the floors for the transition strip. Cut off the lip/groove before you put it down to make it all even and it looks great! Our transitions are between the kitchen tile floor and the bathroom tile floor. They looks seamless and its the same depth as both floors.

    In the past, we used a piece of marble cut into the length of the doorway an about 3-4" wide, it was also really nice.

    I agree with you, this looks more like a transition strip for an older laminated floor.

  • Lisa Terry Hann Lisa Terry Hann on Dec 04, 2016

    Here the pics of our transitions with hardwood.

  • Charles Prock Charles Prock on Dec 04, 2016

    I agree with Jennifer.....The problem that necessitates the transition strip is still going to be present and that is the 2 different thicknesses of flooring....This can be fixed with a little foresight and make the bed thicker at the tile side and basically right to the concrete on the wood side....Because of having to work with 2 different thicknesses you will need a wider transition space than Jennifer is showing so that the slope is gradual....Hope this helps....I'm with you I detest wood transition strips....Charles

    • Ted Ted on Jan 11, 2017

      Mr. Prock - I saw on another post that you used to be a home builder. I'm reaching out because I think you might have built my house (in 1985, Kingwood). My wife and I love our house and would like to update it while staying true to the original design. Is there a way I can contact you to discuss some ideas we have and to learn more about the house?

  • Anna Anna on Dec 05, 2016

    The tile installer who I used to work for used a marble threshold between tile and wood. Available at Lowes, Depot, etc.

  • Dot7481967 Dot7481967 on Dec 06, 2016

    Our installer made a wide transition plank, then sanded and stained it.

  • Shawna Bailey Shawna Bailey on Dec 07, 2016

    Dotm1121 I Like your transition piece, it's width makes it look so much nicer.

    I'm going to tuck that idea away for a rainy day.

  • Oberlinmom Oberlinmom on Dec 08, 2016

    I'm wondering why the edge is not up to the corner and the half round trim is only on the wood floor. Like someone else mentioned. It makes the different angles of the flooring look off since the change is mid-wall.. In our house the wood floors abutted the vinyl flooring and the original transition was a strip of wood inset at a right angle to the flooring. The vinyl is old and started to lift in one area so I bought a threshold at one of the lumber stores and stained it to match the wood. I thought the raised wood would trip us up or cause and issue since we rarely close the door and it's the main entrance to the kitchen. It's never been an problem, accept when I sweep the floor. I used a metal flat threshold from tile to wood and it looked great but again it's in a doorway. Mid-floor like it looks like yours is I'd want something level. I'd try a wide piece of your flooring running parallel to the ceramic flooring.

  • Charles Prock Charles Prock on Jan 12, 2017

    1985.....I doubt that was me....Prock Builders was in a transition period about that time and I believe I had already left the company....What subdivision is your house in and what street....I'll look it up and let you know.....Anyway you can contact me about your ideas and I'll help any way I can.


  • Eroque022810 Eroque022810 on Jan 15, 2017

    I think that what looks weird is that the floor is on an angle and that quarter round wasn't carried onto tile or that it should have been stained to match wood floor. Those are the two things I noticed first other wise not wire at all. I would replace quarter round to match wood flooring and that should help you not notice anything.

  • Agnes Chrzanowska Agnes Chrzanowska on Sep 29, 2021

    Shlutter system that is flat

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Jan 28, 2022

    Use a wide flat strip. Unfortunately the shape of the rooms means it will always look a bit odd. Maybe should have had continuous flooring between both rooms.

  • Marcos Marcos on Mar 23, 2022

    If your hardwood floors are glued down properly, you can either use a thin metal transition between the wood and tile, or butt up to it, but leave a tiny expansion space, like we did with this restaurant wood floor to tile transition in Los Angeles. Gives a very nice flat, seamless transition between flooring types.

  • Agnes Chrzanowska Agnes Chrzanowska on Mar 31, 2022

    Shlutteer system or wider better profile saddle