From aesthetic preferences to pricing differences, there are a number of reasons people prefer either wide plank flooring or narrow plank flooring in their homes. Read below for a few key differences between each style to help decide which is right for your home and your budget.
Wide plank flooring can be cut up to 12 inches wide. Often complemented by longer-length planks to create visual proportionality, the size of wide plank flooring is often suited to open concept spaces. Because the planks are wider, there tends to be more visible graining, knots, and holes when compared to narrow plank floors.
This makes wide plank flooring especially well suited to reclaimed wood and rustic designs. However, select grade wide plank flooring in a light, airy finish is becoming more popular for contemporary spaces, as it creates an open feel and minimalist aesthetic. Because of the wide width and longer length, wide plank flooring requires the highest-quality lumber and uses less of the tree, often resulting in higher prices.
Narrow plank flooring is often cut somewhere between 2 and 4 inches in width. Because narrow plank flooring requires smaller cuts, you can get a wide range of styles. From clean and contemporary straight grains to more rustic heartwood, the smaller size allows for a number of different milling options and lends itself to a variety of different design preferences. However, the narrower boards can make large, open concept spaces feel busier and more cluttered, as they have a less seamless surface.
This makes narrow plank flooring an excellent option for smaller, well-defined spaces. Since narrow plank flooring uses more of the tree, it can often be a more cost-effective option than wide plank flooring.
If you prefer a more vintage aesthetic, and can’t decide between wide or narrow plank flooring, mixed-width plank flooring may be the perfect solution. At Southern Vintage, many of our clients prefer the versatility of mixed-width flooring, with alternating 3, 4, and 5-inch planks one of the most popular width options. Our clients appreciate the unique character, and authentic feel of mixed-width flooring and it complements both small and open spaces alike.