In many historical buildings, you can meet it – herringbone flooring. This method of laying floor has existed for a very long time, but it seems that it will never go out of fashion – because the pattern “herringbone” is in demand more than ever. Whether at international furniture trade fairs, in well-known interior design magazines, or on popular online platforms, this trend is penetrating everywhere and is reflected in increasing demand.
Classic floor installation is experiencing a renaissance
A quick explanation: What does "herringbone" mean?
Herringbone flooring is created by a particular way of laying individual floor elements, which creates a characteristic pattern. Because it visually resembles the arrangement of bones on a fish skeleton, the floor was given this name. The pattern arises from the fact that the floor strips – in various length and width ratios, depending on one’s preference – are laid with their tips at an angle of 90° to one another. This creates rows of two stripes in a typical herringbone pattern.
Another possibility for the herringbone pattern is created by a double or triple arrangement, which is also called double or triple herringbone, respectively. In what is known as a “French herringbone”, the parquet elements are beveled on both sides by 45 or 60 degrees. As a result, a continuous seam is formed between the rows of laying.
The visual effect of a herringbone floor
The jagged movement that is created in this classic laying scheme provides a unique and particularly striking appearance to the wooden floor. However, it depends greatly on the size as well as the placement of the individual floor elements and can vary from very noble to slightly more striking in a room. Especially in large rooms, the herringbone floor reveals its full effect, as in the ceremonial halls of numerous castles or various museums and galleries. At the same time, the herringbone floor has long since found its place in smaller living areas and shows just what it can do there as well.
With herringbone floor
DIY herringbone flooring is very complicated, so it is better to find a professional company. Before laying “herringbone” on the floor, a preliminary inspection must be done. MY-Floor professionals know what to look out for before starting the installation. For example, not all subfloors are suitable for new floors. However, if you decide to do it yourself, be sure to check that the subfloor is dry, even, and well structured.