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Old 11-30-2009, 07:13 AM   #1
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Hi everyone, thank you for your advice.

we are laying 3/4 inch birch hardwood upstairs.
i understand that it is best to lay it perpendicular to the floor joist.
this is not an issue in the three bedrooms.

the concern......the hallway....
if i lay it perpendicular (as in the bedrooms)......

1. where it intersects the stair nose it will be at right angles (not a huge deal)

but...

2. if you come up the stairs you will be looking at the floor lines head on, so it will look like a runway.

is it okay to do it like in this very rough and not to scale diagram?
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Hi and welcome to the forum.
The most common way would be to run it 'runway' style.
I think it'd make the hallway look weird the other way.

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thanks for the reply.

we were thinking by laying it across the hall would make the hall look wider and get rid of the runway effect. i see how the runway would perhaps be the easiest since we can just continue the floor on regardless of where the direction changes in the doorways.
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yup, i think the hallway would look.... idunno... 'shorter and squatter' with them laid that way.
*attempting to picture it in my mind*
room to hall threshholds will be easier as well. (assuming T&G)

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a mirror or two on the hallway walls will do wonders to 'enlarge' it as well.

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a mirror or two on the hallway walls will do wonders to 'enlarge' it as well.

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we've got a couple or mirrors on the wall as well, not really trying to visually enlarge, just trying to avoid that runway effect when you come up the stairs.

hopefully some others will pipe in thier thoughts as well. thanks.
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You may want to do the hallway first, keeping the floor lines parallel to the walls (which are probably slightly crooked), then extend the floor into the bedrooms.

The hall is the only room where any angular irregularities between floor and walls will be immediately apparent, and the only space which is too narrow to allow for adjustment.
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Just ran my laminate floors across the hall opposite of the hardwood under it, and it looks strange. I did it this way for a number of reasons that I won't go in to now but I was using 5" planks and it does look strange. However after living with it for a couple weeks I am over it. It was a good way to use up all the little peices left over from the larger rooms as my hall was at the end of them not between them like yours.
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covelle: does it make the hallway look 'shorter'? that's what i imagined....

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I am not sure I could say exactly why it looks strange but yeah I think it does look short. I think also it is exagerated by the 5" planks where a 3" or 2-3/4" wouldn't be as bad. It also looks strange to have so many short peices of flooring together, with the seams all being within a foot of each other. I didn't like the look of no seams in the middle and in trying to keep at least most of the pieces over 12" long you end up with about a 14" section down the middle of the hall where all the seams fall. so If I could have, I would not have done it this way.

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