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donadam | Posted in General Discussion on

I am going to install 2-1/4″ oak strip flooring (unfinished) in a kitchen and also an adjoining room. The kitchen has existing cabinets along two long walls (with a length of 14.5′(wall to wall) and 6′ between cabinet bases. At the one end of the kitchen is the adjoining room (7′ x 7′). The floor joist run the long way in both rooms.

The question is, which way is the best way to run the new floor, the long way (parallel to the joists) or the short way (perpendicular to the joists). I know that structually it is better to nail the new floor to the joist by running the boards in the short direction, but will it still look good.  Or is it best, for the final look, to go the long way?

Thanks,

Don

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  1. carolfresia | | #1

    Hi, Don,

    I think you might have meant to post this on Breaktime, or perhaps House Chat? There's probably someone here on Gatherings how can help you out with your flooring question, but most of the time we're just talking about sewing!

    Carol

    1. donadam | | #2

      Carol,

      You are right, this is my first time and pushed the return button too soon. Sorry,

      Don

      1. carolfresia | | #3

        No problem. I'm sure you'll get some help on the other forums--they're very active and knowledgeable.

        Carol

  2. Elisabeth | | #4

    My master carpenter just came in for lunch and he says that you need to run the flooring perpendicular to the joists and that it will look just fine in his opinion. Also it will squeak otherwise.

    (While he is not looking I will say that you can check out his tastes at http://www.jwsjoinery.com )

    E.

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