Which direction do we run hardwood floors?

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We are do-it yourselfers. Any other advice?

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  • Joy Elizabeth Joy Elizabeth on Jul 08, 2018
    We were told it is best to run hardwood perpendicular to the floor joists. If your wood subfloor is thick and sturdy, It shouldn't matter beyond your personal preference.

  • Terri Mulliken Allen Terri Mulliken Allen on Jul 08, 2018

    Thanks, but we have a cement slab foundation.

  • William William on Jul 08, 2018

    Run it the length of the room not the short. More visually appealing without bringing attention to it. If you were installing in a hallway, would you run it the length of the hall or the width.

    • Terri Mulliken Allen Terri Mulliken Allen on Jul 09, 2018
      Thanks William, I thought that the flooring material should go in the longest direction. But, we will continue the flooring down the hallway and, unfortunately, it will have to go side to side.

  • Cindy Cindy on Jul 08, 2018

    Hi Terri. I'm Cindy. Joy is right. You should run those floor boards opposite of your subfloor. Be sure to leave room on all edges. This will allow room for the hard wood to swell during wet weather. You can cover that empty space with quarter-round trim. Hope you find this info helpful. Best of luck to you.

    • Terri Mulliken Allen Terri Mulliken Allen on Jul 09, 2018
      Thank you so much, Alj, but we are in Texas and have slab cement under our current flooring material, so that's not a factor. Thanks for the advice about swelling / contraction of the wood. We are going to remove all the old baseboards and replace them with taller baseboard trim.