How to Install Douglas Fir Flooring

What You'll Need
Flooring nailer
Douglas fir wood
Rubber mallet
Tape measure

Douglas fir flooring can provide your home with a classic look that is also extremely durable. If you want to install this flooring yourself, you should be able to do so with the proper knowledge and a little bit of hard work. Here are the basics of how to install Douglas fir flooring.

Step 1: Measure

In order to determine how much wood flooring you are going to need, you will have to measure the area first. Take your tape measure and get the dimensions of the room. Once you have the dimensions, you can multiply the two numbers together to get the square footage of the room. Add to that number 10 percent and you will have the appropriate amount of flooring to purchase.

Step 2: Acclimate

When you purchase your Douglas fir flooring, you want to make sure that you bring it to the area in which it is going to be installed immediately. You need to allow it to acclimate to the room for approximately 48 hours before installing. This will allow it to adjust to the temperature and humidity and will prevent buckling later on.

Step 3: Begin Installing

At this point, you are ready to start installing. When you choose the direction of the flooring, you will want to make sure that you install perpendicular to the floor joists. Lay the first board down in a corner of the room in this direction. Place a wedge on each side of the board between it and the wall. You will need to take this step in order to allow enough room for expansion and contraction. If you put the wood right up against the wall it is going to start buckling over time. Use your flooring nailer to shoot nails down diagonally through the tongue of the board. 

Step 4: Next Board

Take the next board of wood and put it on the narrow side of the first board. Nail that board into place to start the formation of a row. Continue nailing boards into the floor in a row until you get to the wall.

Step 5: Cutting the Boards

When you get to the wall, you are going to need to cut a board to fit. Take your tape measure and get the appropriate size for the board. You will then need to use your saw to make the cut in the appropriate size. Take that cut piece and put it into the opening on the floor.

Step 6: Next Row

Take the piece that is left over after the cut and use it to start the next row. This will allow you to stagger the rows. Slide that first board up against the first row and tap it together with your rubber mallet. Shoot some nails down diagonally through the tongue of the board. Continue making rows in this manner until the floor is covered.

Step 7: Finish

You will then need to remove the wedges from around the outside of the room and install baseboards to cover the gap.