How to make a herringbone pattern floor

One of the best ways to spice up any living space is to install patterned flooring. A herringbone flooring pattern is a classic pattern that not only looks amazing and improves the aesthetics of the space but is also very easy to install. Don’t worry, today we will guide you through the whole process of installing a herringbone-patterned flooring. Read more to find out how it is made.


Products needed for this DIY project:

1.      Traditional flooring pieces

2.      Moisture barrier

3.      Quarter round

4.      Slot cutting bit

5.      Chamfering bit

6.      Miter saw

7.      Polyurethane

8.      Drill


Let’s get started with our DIY Project!


Step 1:

First, you need to measure the area where you want to layout this flooring to estimate the size and quantity of flooring required for this project. Making this flooring pattern for a large area is not advised. This is why in this video we’re making this flooring pattern for the entryway. While taking the measurements, you can also lay down some moisture barriers over the whole area.

Step 2:

Now you need to cut pieces of traditional flooring down to the right size according to the measurements you took in the previous step. You can easily cut these using a miter saw. Once cut, you need to add a grove to the ends of each piece using a slot cutting bit which is the same size as the groove for the tongue of the previous piece to fit into. To match the aesthetic of professional flooring you can even make a micro bevel at the ends of the pieces using a chamfering bit.

Step 3:

Now that all the pieces are ready, let’s work on the placement of the pieces on the floor. To make sure that all the pieces sit at a proper 45-degree angle, we will be cutting a right-angled triangle from a piece of wood to use as a reference. Starting from the center of the floor, start placing the pieces one by one in a herringbone pattern by fitting the tongue of one piece into the grove of the other piece. Once you’re done with one column, take your reference triangle to the other side and keep repeating the same process till the whole floor is covered.

Step 4:

We’re sure you have some space left on the sides after laying out all the center pieces. In this situation you can do either one of the following things:

-Continue the pattern in the same way by just reducing the size of the pieces depending on how much area needs to be covered. Here you must just cut the length to size and not the width so that the flooring looks uniform.

-Alternatively, you can cut the sides of the flooring pieces that you just laid out so that all the sides are straight. Then you can lay out the pieces like normal hardwood flooring in the same way: by inserting the tongue of one piece into the grove of the other. You can cut the length and width of the pieces to fit the area you are covering.

In this step, remember to take into account all the small details and corners that you might need to leave space for in the flooring and cut the pieces accordingly. But remember to leave some space on all the sides to account for any expansion that may happen.

Step 5:

To finish the flooring, you can screw on some quarter round along the bottom of all the walls to hide the gap that we left while installing the flooring and to give the floor an overall nice and finished look. The last step is to apply a coat of polyurethane all over the flooring boards.

Your herringbone-patterned floor is now complete! Instead of getting a professional to install this flooring in your house, you can now do it on your own in just five simple steps. What is so unique about DIY projects is that you can customize them in any way, shape, or form that you want so let your imagination run wild. Enjoy your latest creation!

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