Rooted in ancient origins, the herringbone pattern dates back to Egyptian and African cultures where it was used to fashion decorative jewelry and basketry. The distinctive zig-zag pattern consists of short, slanted, parallel lines, the direction of which alternates row-by-row.
Today, a host of flooring manufacturers is offering classic herringbone flooring that is factory pre-finished, precision milled in fixed board lengths, and packages with an equal mix of “left” and “right” boards. Custom milling and special tools are no longer needed for the installation, making it easier than ever to create the look of authentic herringbone hardwood flooring.
Exotic hardwood, with its unique grain patterns and natural color variation, brings a whole new dimension to herringbone, making the symmetrical pattern even more geometric and interesting. Use in traditional or contemporary décor and watch your floors come alive!
Limited only by your imagination, herringbone offers a wide variety of design options.
Install wall-to-wall throughout a room, or for a more custom touch, consider including a 12- to 18-inch perimeter boarder using a contrasting species or color. Herringbone can even be used as a decorative insert in foyers and dining rooms.
When shopping herringbone flooring board thickness and product construction are important considerations. For example, ¾” solid flooring is recommended for installation on or above grade and should be nailed down to subfloors. Thinner solids may be stapled to wood subfloors or glued down to concrete slabs as long as the installation is on or above grade. Engineered products can be stapled or glued down to subfloors on any level of your home, including below grade basements.
With the advent of ever-improving manufacturing technology, herringbone has re-emerged as an affordable flooring option. Try adding an exotic species to the mix and create a work of art destined to remain a classic for years to come.