Which Direction To Lay Wood Flooring

Can You Run Hardwood Flooring Parallel To Your Joists?

The direction in which your hardwood flooring is laid is generally up to you.

There are some cases where technical specs need to be followed, however in most cases a choice of direction can be made.

In cases where hardwood timber is laid directly onto joists (subfloor structure), then you will have to lay them at right angles for obvious reasons, leaving you with no choice.

So the first thing you’ll need to think about is the direction of your floor joists.

Where plywood is screwed directly to floor joists as a barrier between the hardwood floor boards, in most cases it’s still the conservative option to go perpendicular across the flooring joists.

Should you decide to go parallel to the joists, then you might end up with areas of floor covering that aren’t totally supported.

Over time, this can result in the plywood sagging in between the joists, and if the plywood drops, it could possibly cause your hardwood floor to twist and buckle causing major issues and unpleasant aesthetics.

If your laying floorboards over particle board, or concrete slab with battens or any other type of core solid structure, then you have the option of which direction.

Newer residential homes or those typically built later than 1990, are subjected to more rigorous building regulations. Newer houses have more level sub-floors that are required by code to meet minimum deflection scores.

The directions you lay hardwood floors in a new house is based more on visual and style factors as opposed to the directions of the joists. In these instances the wood floor planks are normally laid in parallel to the longest run or wall in the installation.

It’s always best practice to inspect the sub-floor first to identify the levelness and evenness.

Any sagging or bounce across the sub-floor will be noticeable. Where there are instances of this you’re going to have to either repair the subfloor structure or lay the floorboards perpendicular to achieve greater structural strength.

Try to avoid altering directions in your flooring in various spaces, and do your finest to prepare the layout prior to starting your floor installation.

Our Top Tips For Determining The Laying Direction Of Your Floorboards

Front door way or long hallway

If you’re laying a hardwood floor near your front door or through a long hallway, you may want to consider laying it so the boards run perpendicular to the entrance, if you can. Why? Laying the boards in this way allows them to flow naturally with traffic and just looks better.

This space is a short hallway leading into a family room to merge the two spaces together and to lead the way into the family room they have run the flooring along the length of the hallway.

Room Dimensions

If you’re laying your new floor in one particular room, like a bedroom, for instance, it’s wisest to lay the floorboards parallel to the longest wall in the room to give the illusion of a larger space.

Where possible, always begin in the corner furthest away from the door. Doing so will leave the last board at the door which can be cut in and around for a perfect fit.

In an open concept space a focal point is necessary and here they chose to run the flooring leading through to the grand fireplace

Natural Light Source

You might want to consider running the boards in the direction of the light if you’re installing your new hardwood flooring in a room with lots of natural light.

That’s due to the fact that if you run them perpendicular to the light, the light will run throughout each individual joint, and any minor variation with the boards will appear and cast a small shadow.

Running your flooring in the same direction as the light removes this problem and makes for a clean-finished flooring.

In this room the decision was made to run the flooring the length of the room there by accentuating the natural light and broadening the overall space.

Decorative Design

You can opt to lay your floor on the diagonal or choose a fascinating pattern like a herringbone.

When done properly, patterns can add depth and dimension to a room and are undoubtedly beautiful when finished.

Patterns in hardwood flooring, especially complicated ones like herringbone, truly require a specialised floor installation company lay, so it’s most likely not a smart choice if this is your first go-round at laying a wood floor.


Scandinavian Style Wood Flooring

Striving for that cool, calm and collected Scandinavian look? Well it seems you’re not alone.

When you think Scandinavian style, you typically think picturesque mountain lodges featuring simplicity, minimalism and functionality.

The light, bright interior styling we associate with the Scandinavian style is a great way to give your home a fresh, clean feel.

Australians have fallen in love with the trendy contemporary look of a stylish and uncluttered design.

Whilst functionality and simplicity are at the forefront of design, Scandinavian styles aim to maximise natural materials and light.

Timber floors that are naturally light in colour or perhaps have been bleached, lime-washed, oiled, waxed or low sheen white brush stroke painted reflects light well, and its those timber grains and tones bring warmth, texture and feel to the natural outdoor world.

Where to start?

…Pale white is the ideal colour tone for a Scandinavian design.

A floor in a light hue creates an optical illusion of space in rooms with ceilings lacking in height.

The natural characteristics like knots and cracks in Pine timber floor boards when lime washed produce a lively and elegant ambiance in a contemporary manner.

Choosing a blank canvas allows you to create an atmosphere of simplicity and serenity. By choosing light colours as your canvas, you can easily decorate the space with personal mementos and lamps and furniture emphasised by durability, beauty, functionality, and natural forms.

Add character with splashes of colour using pillows, lamps graphic art or designer accessories in vivid tones.

Not sure which Nordic style floor to go for? Why not view our collection of some stylish Scandinavian style wood flooring.

If you’re looking for a new timber floor and considering a Scandinavian style, reach out and speak to us at Freedom Flooring.

We know the questions to ask to help you reach a conclusion about what specific style of Nordic floor would best work for your home, your lifestyle and your budget. Our priority is that you get the best timber floor for your home.


White & Hardwood Flooring Kitchen Ideas

White And Hardwood Is One Of The Trendiest Combinations For Kitchen Designs in 2018

Hardwood, as a natural floor option, can add warmth to any home space.

There are however many possible ways to incorporate it within a kitchen. Since there are many types of hardwood to choose from, you can create a very versatile and unique design for your own kitchen.

The combination of white cabinetry and hardwood is limitless. You can do it in so many different ways to create a unique style that reflects your personality. The best part about this colour combination is that it is suited to any style. From minimalist, to modern, Scandinavian or perhaps even rustic.

In this article, let’s check out some of the best kitchens with wood floors and white cabinets that may inspire you to choose such a design for your kitchen too.


White and rustic wood combine to create a space that looks modern yet has a certain classic appeal.



A sweet and simple kitchen with plenty of light elements, tucked away beneath a high ceilings.



Here’s another kitchen that utilises traditional wood panelling for the cabinetry rather than modern varieties. The charisma is evident even from a distance.



Add styling, a large rustic timber table and furniture to inject some personal style.



A beautiful deep dark hardwood floor contrasts these cabinets. This panelling is a little more traditional, yet the space is still a very contemporary feeling.



Love the dark red colour tones in these high gloss floors. All the lines of the floor and cabinetry are symmetrical plus– oven and range-hood is a great focal point! Beautiful Caeserstone countertops.



Add lighting, some small pieces of artwork and furniture to inject some personal style.



Stunning classic kitchen. I like how the white contrasts these polished floor boards. Beautiful pendant lighting that is perfectly to scale.



Though there isn’t too much going on in this kitchen, we love the clean look and simplicity of it. It looks effortlessly cool with the white cabinets and bench tops while the hardwood flooring continues the flow and style of the home.



The kitchen features stunning white stone countertops and a centre island with long breakfast bar along with a dining nook on the side. The character of the rich hardwood floors create as very contemporary kitchen.



This modern white kitchen with wood floors offers contemporary white cabinetry and island bench bar featuring a stylish and contrasting hardwood timber surround.


Your Dream White Kitchen With Hardwood Floors

Do you always dream of a white-themed kitchen, but not sure where to start?

Well, now you have some ideas to work with. White kitchen cabinets can create the theme you want for the kitchen. Of course, it all depends on how well you match them up to other elements in the room. We have provided tips for mix and matching above.

With so many styles and shades of hardwood flooring to complement your white kitchen cabinets, it can be confusing knowing what to go for.

If you need any help buying or installing hardwood timber flooring, feel free to reach out for helpful tips from us at Freedom Flooring.


Dark Hardwood Floors – 8 Impressive Floor Designs

Dark Hardwood Floors – 8 Impressive Floor Designs

Welcome to our gallery featuring bold dark hardwood floor spaces with rich colour tones.

Dark hardwood colours tend to absorb light thus making a room look smaller so should your home have large living rooms or kitchen spaces, then you are in the enviable position to lay down dark hardwood flooring to give a sleek stylish look.

Whilst you may be torn between the idea of going bold with a stylish dark hardwood floor or just going with the flow of staying neutral, we think our feature gallery of dark hardwood spaces will give you the inspiration needed.

After all, dark hardwood floors do indeed look sleek.

Take a look through our gallery to see how you can incorporate rich dark hardwood floors into your home.

Our selection is full of different styles and colours, so no matter your personal preference, we’ve got something here for you!


This quaint little kitchen has a beautiful natural hardwood flooring that matches the deep colour in the bench-tops. The cream coloured cabinets give this beautiful space a pleasant contrast.



Deep rich hues in this dark wooden flooring creates a beautiful contrast with the light door drapes. Leading out onto another divine outdoor space, these wide plank dark floorboards add a rustic and traditional look.



This elegant home has exquisite decor with splashes of light grey and white. The dark hardwood flooring brings a sharp contrast with the tones of grey in the furniture.



This kitchen has a very polished unique hardwood floor with touches of grey in it’s hues. The dark colouring contrasts with the light walls and cabinets though we really do love the turquoise island bench with light contrasting lighter bench top.



These ultra-dark hardwood floors seem almost black and contrast beautifully with the white walls, cabinetry, and fireplace. To add touches of elegance and style between the two are shades of grey and rich velvet green in the heavily textured furniture.



These smooth, polished dark red / brown toned hardwood floors are a more traditional width and go perfectly with the sharp white cabinetry and light blue island bench panelling.



This much more luxurious living room has wide-plank wood floors stained nearly black. Small natural accents, like the floor coverings under the dining table and sitting room, add a bit of life to the room and define each space.


dark-wood-floor finishes

This utterly contemporary though modestly sized kitchen is a great example of how dark hardwood floors and contrasting dark kitchen cabinets can still make a room feel spacious.

Dark wood floors can be incredibly elegant and sophisticated, bringing richness and polish to a space. When paired with the right furnishings and colours, these spaces can be complete with the addition of crisp white walls and perhaps some greenery for that added touch.

Interested in going bold with your next hardwood floor restoration?

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Hardwood vs Bamboo Flooring [ Pros and Cons ]

Hardwood vs Bamboo Flooring [ Pros and Cons ]

Bamboo and traditional hardwood flooring have there own unique appeals.

Hardwood flooring is one of the most preferred flooring material for new home construction and renovations. Held in high regard for its exceptional unique aesthetics and warmth, hardwood timber is highly versatile and sustainable.

In recent times though, there has been a shift in trends as the popularity of Bamboo continues to rise.

Bamboo typically used for screens and partitions and perhaps even more common in the manufacture of furniture, it has become a useful product for timber flooring.

In general, whilst it’s commonly thought to be a timber product, Bamboo is in fact a tree like grass. Don’t be fooled with it being a type of grass though, as it’s often harder than the more common hardwood timber species such as oak.

When comparing hardwood & Bamboo flooring, the main point to understand is the fact Bamboo on its own is a weak material.

Bamboo flooring materials need to go through a manufacturing process to create a product that can withstand to high volumes of human traffic, furniture and other points of impact, wear and tear.

Is Bamboo Hardwood Flooring Durable?

Bamboo comes in two types: strand and horizontal. For residential and commercial properties experiencing high foot traffic, it is preferred that strand woven Bamboo be used for its high durability.

Andrew Miller suggests Bamboo flooring is widely sold all over the world because it is a eco friendly floor product compared to any other hardwood. Another great advantage is its high durability and stability. Many people have their doubts over how bamboo floors are strong and durable.

After all Bamboo is a grass, it is very soft and thin…

Bamboo floor strength and durability does not come from its original bamboo stalk. To achieve the Bamboo flooring product we all know, Bamboo is cut into strips and laminated into floor planks.

These laminated bamboo planks have a very high density than most of its hardwood species counterparts. Since there is no real test or data points for durability, we can use hardness and density testing and data to arrive at a conclusion of durability.

One such hardness test is the Janka rating.

Strand woven Bamboo has a very high Janka score which is higher than most hardwood species, like oak and ash. Solid bamboo is 6.5 which is still higher than all regular hardwoods.

What Is The Hardest Type Of Bamboo Flooring?

Strand woven bamboo flooring is by far the hardest and most durable type of bamboo flooring.

SS House Tips suggested that Natural Bamboo is harder than Red Oak, where as carbonised Bamboo is closer to Black Walnut which is a soft hardwood. Strand woven Bamboo is the hardest type of Bamboo ranking 250% harder than Red Oak on the Janka Hardness Scale.

Strand woven Bamboo is similar in hardness to Brazilian Cherry.

With it’s extremely strong and durable characteristics, Strand woven bamboo flooring is ideal for both domestic and commercial properties.
Is bamboo flooring scratch resistant?

In all reality, any hardwood or Bamboo flooring is susceptible to scratches and minor scuff marks from everyday wear and tear. Hardwood species with a lower Janka hardness rating than Bamboo can actually perform better.

One feature of Bamboo is that it does not possess even hardness qualities across its surface and is more likely to scratch and dent just as much or perhaps slightly more than any other hardwood floor type.

Purchasing quality products from reputable suppliers and floor installation companies such as Freedom Flooring is the only sure way you are going to end up with a strong and durable floor that meets the demands of everyday foot traffic, pets and furniture.

Mark D. Elwell, owner and operator of Bamboo Flooring Hawaii “There are some stores selling very cheap, immature bamboo flooring that is coated with only a few coats of finish that are unfortunately giving bamboo flooring a bad name,” he says.

“We tell people you get what you pay for, and make sure you are comparing apples to apples when you are buying your flooring. Be educated, and ask about the bamboo maturity, finishes, and warranties.”


What Is Strand Bamboo Flooring?

As already mentioned, Bamboo is a type of grass, not actual wood. Because of this, bamboo is highly fibrous meaning it needs to go through a manufacturing process for it to be considered a flooring product.

Ordinary manufacturing methods laminate these fibres one on top of the other in a horizontal direction.
Strand woven bamboo flooring is far more durable than vertical or horizontal bamboo flooring because the cross-hatched strands act in concert to hold the material together.

Strand Bamboo flooring is typically made by slicing mature bamboo poles or culms into strips. These culms are crosscut to length and then sliced into strips depending on the width desired before being woven together. To remove starch and sugars the strips of bamboo are boiled in a solution of boric acid or lime.

The resulting block of strand woven bamboo is then milled into strand woven bamboo flooring planks with tongues and grooves.

When bamboo is made into strand woven bamboo flooring the anti-microbial properties of bamboo remain thus making bamboo flooring safer and healthier than hardwood flooring because not only is it allergen free but it also fights off pathogens.

What Is The Thickness Of Bamboo Flooring?

Strand woven bamboo flooring has various thickness because of its unique manufacturing process.

Strand woven bamboo is sliced from bamboo block which is pressed with bamboo strips. 14mm is the standard thickness, but we also can slice bamboo block into 12mm, 10mm flooring to fit the customers needs.

Strand woven bamboo is very flexible on the thickness.

Hardwood vs Bamboo Conclusion

Bamboo comes in two types: strand and vertical. Most people in the industry say the strand stuff is much stronger than traditional bamboo flooring. “On a hardness scale a good quality bamboo in the horizontal cut is around 1,450 p.s.i. on a Janka Hardness Scale.

The stranded bamboo is compressed and bonded with resins so is over 3,000 p.s.i. Strand woven bamboo is sold frequently for high traffic situations such as retail stores, restaurants, galleries, etc.

But bamboo also has drawn attention for its looks, though for a time only natural and caramelised tones were available. Today, manufacturers provide a large range of Bamboo flooring choices with a multitude of stained options and textures including hand-scraped products that look like hardwood.

Hardwood, of course, has nothing to prove. Hardwood has built a reputation for being a high quality and aesthetic pleasing floor product.

Both Hardwood and Bamboo have assumed a high profile in residential home building and commercial properties. Whilst Bamboo is still relatively new to Australian builders and householders, hardwood is very familiar to everyone. It’s just as unique and durable as bamboo, and just as versatile and green.