Over the last couple of weeks I have been helping a client to choose some wood flooring for her converted warehouse apartment. As a result, I have been talking to different experts in the field about this and find that I’ve learnt so much that I wanted to share it with you today. So here are some tips to take into consideration when buying wood flooring which I have found to be helpful and hope you will too.
- Think about the colour tone you are going for? Do you want grey, brown, yellow?
- What aesthetic are you going for? Rustic, Contemporary, Industrial, Scandic?
- Distressed flooring is just a normal floor that’s been beaten up a bit to give it a more aged feel.
- Do you take off your shoes when at home? If you tend to walk about in bare feet, you should consider a style with less texture.
- Think about how your furniture will work with the wood. My client has mainly white furniture which she wants to keep, so it was important to not choose a wood that would contrast too much against the floor.
- Will you be using underfloor heating? If so, Think about the wood that you want to use . A lot of reclaimed wood is made out of Pine. Pine (which tends to be the cheapest) is soft and wont typically work with underfloor heating.
- Smoked wood makes the grain appear darker.
- Wider floor panels will make the space appear larger.
- Labour costs need to be calculated separately and can range between £30 to £50 per square metre.
- A floating floor is usually cheaper and quicker to install.
- Always go to the shop and see the wood in large panels, the tiny samples they send to you won’t be enough to get a feel for what the floor will look like.
- Always take a sample of your narrowed down selection home to view against your furniture and fittings.
- Engineered wood works best with underfloor heating however what sort you go for is dependant on the type of underfloor heating you have. Some types of flooring will require you to place a layer of plywood between the underfloor heating and the top wood floor layer. Always best to ask about installation requirements and details.
- Take the panels to the closest window and see them under natural light.
- Take a floor plan with you or measurements of the space you want to buy for. Most panels are sold in square metres.
- Always ensure that 10% is added to the total cost of the square meterage you intend to buy for wastage. If the area you are buying for has a lot of tricky area’s to work around like beams or kitchen islands, then add another 5%.
- Check with the supplier whether there are provisions for returning any un-used packets of wood. Sometimes you can get a refund.
Do you have any experiences of buying wood flooring? Is there anything else that you would like to add? Anything you thought you would have liked to have known at the time? Please do share, I’d love to know.
Till next time, xD
Image Source: Fritz Hansen