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Which Flooring Direction Should I Lay My Flooring In?

By Paul Hambidge, Managing Director on 27th November 2016.

Laying a new floor in your home can be a bit of a daunting task especially when you second guess yourself at every turn. One of the first complications to arise is how you should be laying the flooring in the first place, with the first concern being what direction is best suited to the material of your flooring, your home itself, and the actual aesthetic you wish to achieve. We’ve looked at the different flooring directions you can have, whether you've opted for laminate flooring, solid wood, luxury vinyl tiles, engineered wood or vinyl flooring.

Laying your floor easily

Technically, when it comes to laying your floor any direction is possible and the way in which you decided to lay them simply boils down to a matter of taste. A general rule of thumb to apply when considering what way to lay your flooring is to consider where your light source is and what the most frequently used point of entry is for the room in question.

Image of a well lit room

Typically, laying your floor in the same direction as the light source and in the same line as the entry to the room is the most attractive method of floor fitting. However, if your floor has several sources of light and/or several points of entry, then fitting the floor in the simplest way possible is recommended.

Horizontal flooring direction

There are certain benefits that you can consider when deciding on your flooring direction and these include visual tricks that can improve the look of your home. If the floor in which you are preparing to fit flooring is particularly narrow then laying the floorboards across the room, in a horizontal fashion will help to make the room look wider than it is.

Image of room with horizontal flooring direction floor

This is a good trick for narrower rooms and hallways, where space isn’t as much of a priority. It can help to make these types of spaces feel larger than they are so that your home feels grander, airier and, as a result, more welcoming. It also has the benefit of hiding the seams of the planks from view as you enter the room.

Vertical flooring direction

Just as laying your floorboards in a horizontal fashion can help to make the room they’re in look wider, laying your new flooring in a vertical flooring direction can help to make the space look longer than it is.

This can help to add depth to a shorter room, or a room and most of the time this is the most attractive flooring direction to choose as it leads from the point of entry and runs along the length of your property. A drawback to this direction, however, is that you will be able to see the seams between the boards more easily as you enter the room.

Diagonal flooring direction

Image of room with diagonal flooring direction

If you are fitting new flooring in a particularly small space, then considering a diagonal flooring direction may be a wise move in improving the feel of the square feet available to you. If you’re still finding it hard to decide on what would look best after considering these different options, then we would recommend laying the floor in whichever way is easiest for you.

Our Flooring Calculator

When you browse any type of flooring at Factory Direct Flooring, each product has a flooring calculator on the page. Simply enter the surface area in either metres or feet squared and our My Project flooring calculator will tell you how many packs you’ll need and how much it will cost you.

By simply measuring your room and entering your dimensions, we will provide you with an instant price which will show on every type of flooring you browse across our website. You can either input the total coverage or your width and length measurements, in meters or feet. You can even save your measurements room by room to make your shopping experience stress-free.

It also offers to add an extra 10% for wastage. While this may cost a little bit more, we highly recommend adding it just in case there are mishaps during the installation process. Enjoy the My Project flooring calculator below:

Add a room

Let us know how you got on in the comments section.

Paul Hambidge, Managing Director

Paul has 32 years of flooring industry knowledge & experience from both an installation and manufacturing perspective. He started out as installer of very large commercial flooring projects for multiple retailers. As director of Factory Direct Flooring, he has been involved in all aspects of flooring and has worked with some of the largest producers of wood flooring, vinyl flooring and laminate floors.