Hardwood flooring 101: narrow, wide, and random plank width

Hardwood flooring 101: narrow, wide, and random plank width

Wood species, color, and texture often top the list of considerations when homeowners shop for hardwood flooring. It's wise, though, to consider how plank width affects the overall look of your new floor and whether or not a particular width mixes well with your decorating style. You can find the best wood floors in Toledo, OH, for your home at Midwest Flooring Outlet.


The visual effect is pleasing when you place narrow planks in a small room, but the 2- to 3-inch wide planks tend to have a cluttered or busy appearance when installed in a large room. Narrow planks in a light shade laid in a patterned design like herringbone, parquet, or chevron enhance a modern decor. This plank size can be easily customized to fit most design styles.


Wide plank wood flooring, ranging from 6 to 10 inches or more, works well in an open floor plan layout. Often, classic wide planks used for generations are chosen for rustic homes with farmhouse, cottage, or coastal interior designs. Likely, you'll be most satisfied with the look of your new hardwood flooring if you choose a wide plank style that is long.


Random width or wood floors with planks cut at varying widths complement a rustic and modern decorating style. Typically, wood floors are constructed with 3-inch, five-inch, and seven-inch planks, and a layout scheme is used to ensure you get the optimal look with the planks on hand. But, of course, different hardwood flooring planks can also be used.

Your “go-to” wood flooring store

Family-owned Midwest Flooring Outlet sells and installs wood flooring in Toledo and other Northwest Ohio service area locales, including Maumee, Holland, Sylvania, Perrysburg, Waterville, Whitehouse, and Swanton. Our service area also extends into the Lambertville/Temperance area in Michigan. Come to our showroom in Toledo today to compare hardwood flooring styles.