Flooring Direction Suggestions


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Old 01-24-22, 12:23 PM
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Flooring Direction Suggestions

I'm installing laminate throughout the lower level of my house, and looking for some quick input on the installation direction. Below is the floor plan with an option I've thought of. The three colors represent three different levels: entryway/hallway (blue), 1 step down to kitchen/living/dining (orange), 2 steps down to living room (green).




I've read the various tips: parallel to longest side, parallel to source of light, parallel to length of hallway, etc. Unfortunately I can't follow all these tips. The option above keeps the direction the same everywhere without any transitions, and aligns with sources of light.

One possible change is to flip the lower living room (green) direction, due to the length of the room. This is how the previous laminate was installed, but the rest of the house is carpet/linoleum so there wasn't any other flooring direction to consider.

Any input is appreciated! Thanks!
 
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Old 01-24-22, 01:27 PM
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Lay a few out dry and see what looks best to you.
 
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Old 01-24-22, 01:56 PM
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Vinyl plank direction and expansion gaps

Just had same discussion last week!

Only other suggestion, take a look at LVP, nothing beats real wood either!
 

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Old 01-24-22, 03:16 PM
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I would likely do it the opposite of your arrows. Perpendicular to the light coming in the windows. When you go the long direction toward the windows that your arrow show, you can often easily see any humps or dips in the floor. (Which you shouldn't have in the first place, but might have anyway.)
 
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Old 01-26-22, 11:19 PM
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Thanks all for the response. Sounds like I just need to lay some planks out and see how it looks.

XSleeper, my initial thought was to run them opposite of the arrows like you say, mainly because that's the long side of the floorplan and it seems to flow nicer from the living room (green) and into the kitchen and dining area. And also flow better as you look into the living room (orange) from the entryway.

However, what I got hung up on was what to do with the entryway (blue). Seems I want it to run away from the entry door, as I have shown, for flow into the kitchen. But then would the transition look funky? Again, I'll just mock some up and see. Here's a picture of that area, and the steps I'll have to deal with.


 
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Old 02-05-22, 01:24 AM
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After considering the transitions around the steps shown in the image I posted, I think I'm going to keep the directions in my original post. The main reason being that I plan to use a flush stair nose for all the steps rather than a standard overlap stair nose. The stair nose is fabricated from one of the flooring planks, so everything matches and you can maintain the click in connections. The trouble spot is the top of the step in the kitchen; if I switch directions in the kitchen I can't see a way to use one of these plank stair noses since it has nearly the width of a normal plank. I need the kitchen planks to run parallel to the flush stair nose to make it work as far as I can tell.


Flush stair nose planks shown in red.


Example flush stair nose
 
 

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