Narrow or Wide Planks - What Is Best For My Space?

Narrow or Wide Planks - What Is Best For My Space?

Did you know the plank size you choose can have a huge impact on the perception of your room? Choose the wrong size and you can make a big room appear smaller, or extremely busy... On the other hand, choosing the right plank size will enhance the size of the room and give it a feeling of harmony.

Rules to keep and rules to break:

Number one rule: Always choose a plank size that matches the proportions of the room. The narrower the plank the busier it will look, the wider the plank the cleaner it will look. BUT too wide a plank in a small space can make it look obviously out of proportion. You have to get the balance just right.
Number two rule: You do not have to stick to one plank size throughout the entire space. For example, some larger homes have vast open-plan areas as well as smaller spaces such as bedrooms - and sticking to one flooring width does not look right throughout the entire home. Here you may want to think about using a standard width plank for the bedrooms as opposed to a wide plank for the larger areas.
Number three rule: Jazz it up! Don't be afraid to take risks - Make a feature entranceway with a chevron pattern and use a standard plank throughout the rest of the space. Make a border around each room. Install flooring running across a room and right up the wall. Run your flooring pattern diagonally. Use your imagination and have fun!

Why are Narrower Planks Cheaper?

Plank width (along with thickness) directly affects the price of a timber floor as the wider the plank, the less you can get out of the tree and the more wastage there will be, therefore the product is more expensive.

So what plank width suits my room size?

Small and medium-sized rooms: Almost all small and medium-sized spaces do well with an average-width plank (150-200mm wide) as it helps small spaces to appear larger. If using a parquet pattern in a small to medium sized space, you may be best to go with the standard size plank (70x490mm)
Large rooms or open-plan areas: A wide plank will best enhance the space, helping it to appear less cluttered and larger than it really is. If using a parquet pattern, a wide format option (190x600mm) would be recommended, otherwise a smaller pattern may make the room appear too busy.
Vast rooms or areas: An extreme-wide plank will give the ultimate feeling of grandeur.

Plank sizes and how we classify them:

3-Strip plank: 60-70mm wide (strip size not plank size). Three strips of timber veneer are fixed to a single backing board to give the appearance of more rows of flooring. Each row is usually 60-70mm wide (per strip), with a backing board width between 180-210mm. This type of flooring is usually a low-end product.
Narrow plank: 85-150mm wide. Narrow planks are becoming less and less desired as they are no longer fashionable and make a space look busy and overwhelming.
Average width plank: 150-200mm wide. Will suit most small and medium-sized spaces.
Wide plank: 200-280mm wide. Enhance the feeling of spaciousness in large rooms or open-plan areas.
Extreme wide plank: 280-320mm wide. Give the utmost feeling of grandeur to any expansive space.
Mixed width plank: Where the widths of flooring vary from one row to another There are a huge array of sizes between different mixed width products and brands. Mixed-width products can create an interesting feature and are commonly found with reclaimed products which enhances the authenticity of the look.
Standard Herringbone or Chevron plank: 70mm wide. Best for small to medium-sized spaces.
Wide-format Herringbone or Chevron plank: 120mm wide. Best for large rooms or open-plan areas.

Date Added: Wednesday, 14th December 2016