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Old 03-08-2019, 12:07 PM   #1
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where to start flooring in a bedroom


we are installing hardwood in three bedrooms that to present had carpet (and so now just have bare plywood subfloors.)

the rest of the house, and in particiular the hallway that leads to these bedrooms already have hardwood down.
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my question is where to start laying the pieces in each room.

the manufacturer's instructions seem to say "start at the longest wall and work away from it"

but that would be the outside walls of each of these bedrooms. working back to the doorway where the transition is.
My concern is that this method could leave sloppy even not square pieces right at the transition point, at the doorway and it would look awful. right wherer your eye is going to land.

wouldn't it make better sense to start laying pieces at the doorways - get a nice start at the transition - and work out to the outer walls?
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Re: where to start flooring in a bedroom


You should measure the room and see how square it is. Even if all 4 sides are severely not square, transition, the door is a short span and faults will not show as much, also assuming you are using separate threshold. I would use a threshold that is about the same width as the wall so you don't have to futze around too much around the doors.
Also measuring the room helps with adjusting the cuts. Example, it's best if you don't end up with very narrow pieces at the ends. Assemble the flooring pieces (clamp tight if necessary) and see how many are in 12" or so. This is kind of dry fit test that will give you as accurate numbers as possible.
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Re: where to start flooring in a bedroom


You will need to decide if you want the new to match the direction of the existing, then start there, at the doors to make it seamless, you are needing to weave the two sides together, somehow, the easiest is with a custom threshold, made for each one, and then place the flooring in the room as directed.

Or remove some of the existing, just enough to weave the new in seamlessly.

If you are using the same product.

Yes hiding the last pieces against the ending wall, is easier than trying to mismatch at the door.


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You will need to decide if you want the new to match the direction of the existing, then start there, at the doors to make it seamless, you are needing to weave the two sides together, somehow, the easiest is with a custom threshold, made for each one, and then place the flooring in the room as directed.

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the existing floor is quite a different style (square parquet) and even colour.
(while we could go out and buy new hardwood that closer matches the colour of the existing, this is for a house in the country which we don't feel is worth investing the thousands of dollars in flooring bought at retail. we are instead using different lots of different styles in the three bedrooms to keep the cost down. WAAAY down.)
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Re: where to start flooring in a bedroom


I would definitely use a transition at the thresholds. Find a ready made vinyl wood transition that is in the same color range as the existing flooring or stain a wood one to match. Try it out to see if it satisfies your eye.

Lay the new hardwood as you like it - longest wall is usually good - given the parquet look you already have the direction shouldn’t matter.
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