What is Herringbone Parquetry Flooring?

Herringbone flooring is one of the most sought-after patterns in the world of interior design. Its timeless appeal and intricat...

Herringbone flooring is one of the most sought-after patterns in the world of interior design. Its timeless appeal and intricate design make it a favourite for both homeowners and designers. At Smarter Timber Flooring, Melbourne’s timber flooring specialists, we’ve been helping customers navigate the world of herringbone for over four decades. In this guide, we’ll address some common questions about herringbone flooring and delve into its unique characteristics.

What is Herringbone Parquetry Flooring?

Herringbone is a distinct pattern where rectangular blocks of wood are laid in a zigzag pattern, evoking a sense of traditional grandeur that many homeowners desire. This style stands apart from the chevron flooring pattern, where the wood pieces are cut at an angle and align to form a V-shape. The uniqueness of the herringbone pattern makes it a significant feature in homes.

Why Choose Herringbone Flooring?

The main reasons homeowners are drawn to timber Herringbone parquetry flooring are its distinctive style and the traditional charm it brings. Whether it’s grand traditional homes or large modern homes seeking a touch of opulence, herringbone flooring is the go-to choice.

How To Lay Herringbone Flooring

Laying herringbone flooring requires precision and a keen eye for detail. Installation of Herringbone parquetry is a specialised task that can only be achieved as a glued-down floor, regardless of whether it’s on concrete or timber subfloors. The parquetry floorboards are designed with 50% left-hand tongue and groove and 50% right-hand tongue and groove, which results in the herringbone pattern. This modern approach ensures the flooring is more stable and easier to install than older parquetry types. Plus, being fully pre-finished, oak engineered herringbone parquetry flooring offers a faster, more polished finish. Here’s a basic rundown:

  • Preparation: Ensure the subfloor is level, clean, and dry
  • Direction: Decide on the direction you want the herringbone pattern to face. This typically follows the longest wall or the main light source
  • Starting Point: Installers generally begin in the centre of the longest room, aiming for symmetry to enhance the home’s appeal
  • Laying the First Piece: Start by positioning the first plank at a 90-degree angle to your starting line
    Building the Pattern: Continue the zigzag pattern, ensuring each piece fits snugly against its neighbour.
  • Finishing: Trim any excess and secure the flooring in place

Which Way Do You Lay Herringbone Flooring?

The direction is typically influenced by the room’s layout. Most designers recommend laying the pattern parallel to the longest wall or towards the main source of natural light, enhancing space and flow.

When is Herringbone Flooring the Right Choice?

The versatility of herringbone flooring is unmatched:

  • Residential Spaces: Infuse luxury into your living rooms, hallways, and bedrooms
  • Commercial Settings: With its robust nature, it’s perfect for bustling offices or retail spaces
  • For the Bold: Oak herringbone can be the showstopper in any setting

Why Choose Smarter Timber Flooring?

Located in Bayside, Cheltenham Melbourne, Smarter Timber Flooring is a family-owned gem. The Thompson family – Brian, Genevieve, and Glenn – are the backbone of our brand, ensuring unparalleled quality and service. Our collections, made from premium engineered oak timber, are a testament to our commitment to durability and elegance. From Cheltenham to the broader Bayside, we’re your flooring allies. Our promise? A comprehensive journey from selecting your dream floorboards to post-installation care.

Meet Our Experts

  • Glenn Thompson: With 8+ years in the industry, Glenn embodies our ethos of unwavering client commitment
  • Genevieve Thompson: Our design visionary, Genevieve ensures our collections are at the intersection of trend and timelessness
  • Brian Thompson: The foundation of Smarter Timber Flooring, Brian’s vast experience has been pivotal in sculpting our brand’s trajectory

Herringbone flooring is a blend of luxury, tradition, and modernity. With its captivating design and our expertise at Smarter Timber Flooring, Melbourne homeowners can transform their spaces into masterpieces. Dive into the world of herringbone with us, and let’s craft a home that resonates with elegance.

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Interested in finding out more about our Herringbone oak parquetry flooring? Get in touch with one of our timber flooring specialists today.


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