Choosing The Right Herringbone Flooring

Choosing The Right Herringbone Flooring

Too Much Choice When It Comes To Herringbone Flooring? Our Flooring Experts Will Help Narrow Things Down...

Herringbone flooring is a very popular choice that is always in demand for many homeowners. It is elegant, stylish, and extremely beautiful but how do you know which Herringbone Flooring is for you? In this blog we will be discussing the different styles of Herringbone flooring, helping you decide which is the right one for you and your home.

First though, let's take a look at some of the basics...

What is Herringbone Flooring?

Herringbone flooring has a very distinctive pattern. It’s made up of small blocks or boards laid out in a geometric pattern and its name references the bones of a Herring fish.

The Herringbone pattern dates back centuries however, the style of flooring became popular in France during the Renaissance period and quickly become a favourite across Europe and the World. By the end of the 18th century, Herringbone wood floors were a feature of Wealthy, Royal, and Upper-Class homes which is why it is normally associated with Wealth and Luxury today.

What types of Herringbone Flooring are there?

Wooden Herringbone floors come in three main types, traditional tongue & groove, solid blocks with no tongues or grooves, and now more recently boards featuring a click system. You will then find each type in a huge variety of species, finishes, colours, and sizes. Herringbone wood floor is the most classic example of Herringbone floors however, Engineered Herringbone flooring has become a popular alternative over the years. Herringbone has evolved since its conception and now has beautiful styles available in Laminate, Vinyl, and LVT.

Choosing The Right Herringbone Flooring - Herringbone Flooring Types

Solid Hardwood Herringbone Floors

Solid wood is the most common wood flooring for Herringbone patterns. It combines the luxury of Solid Wood with the beauty of the Herringbone design, offering an authentic, quality finish.

Engineered Herringbone Floors

Herringbone engineered wood flooring offers the natural, real wood beauty of solid wood at a fraction of the cost, thanks to its real wood top layer and lower-cost sublayers. What's more, due to its construction, engineered wood flooring tends to be more durable and long-lasting than solid wood, meaning it doesn't need as much acclimating, or as susceptible to warping.

Whilst engineered wood herringbone isn't suitable for bathrooms, it can work in kitchens, provided it's well maintained, creating a real wow factor in any home.

Laminate Herringbone Floors

If you like the Herringbone pattern but don’t want to break the bank, then Laminate Herringbone flooring will be perfect for you. You get to enjoy the Herringbone design and the practicality of laminate at an affordable price. Featuring a tough surface, Laminate wood flooring would make an ideal choice for spaces that experience heavy foot traffic. They are also moisture-resistant and can withstand stains, scratches, dents, and hard knots without suffering damage.

Vinyl Herringbone Floors

Herringbone vinyl floors are stunning, hardwearing, and easy to clean. A high-end decorative layer lends incredible authenticity to the Herringbone design. These floors feature a multi-layer structure, which makes them extremely stable and moisture-resistant. Their tough wear layer and UV-coated surface protect the floors from stains, scratches, and impact from falling objects. Vinyl Herringbone floors are a great addition to any room including bathrooms and kitchens.

Our Top 10 Herringbone Floors

Our stunning collection of Herringbone floors is sure to convince you that this is the perfect floor for your home. Here are our Top 10 Herringbone Floors that can suit any home and style preference.

  • Sawbury Solid Smoked Oak
  • Sawbury Engineered Natural Oak Lacquered
  • Sawbury Engineered Natural Oak Brushed and Lacquered
  • Valore Luxury Vinyl Golden Oak
  • Calder Luxury Vinyl Dark Grey
  • Calder Luxury Vinyl Grey
  • Valore Luxury Vinyl Light Grey
  • Oak Sawbury Engineered Golden Oak Brushed and Oiled
  • Sawbury Engineered Smoked Oak Brushed and Oiled
  • Sawbury Engineered Natural Oak Unfinished

Is Herringbone flooring out of style?

Just like with any trend, there is a concern that Herringbone flooring could go out of style. But there is no need to fear! Herringbone flooring has been around for centuries and is a timeless classic that can suit modern or classic-style interiors.

We particularly love it, as it adds an extra twist to regular wood flooring, creating a bit of interest in an otherwise plain room.

Are Herringbone floors more expensive?

In our experience, this depends on what type of floor you are wanting. For example, a solid wood Herringbone floor will be more expensive than a laminate Herringbone floor. It all depends on your preference and how much you’re willing to spend on your Herringbone floor.

Are Herringbone floors worth it?

A Herringbone floor in the right setting can be a beautiful addition to your home. If you’re looking for a beautiful and timeless design that will add a sense of class and history to your home, then our Herringbone flooring range is perfect for you.

Where can you use Herringbone flooring?

Herringbone flooring is versatile and can go in any room of your house. However, there are some exceptions when it comes to the type of floor that you’re looking at. For example, if you’re looking at a Solid Wood Herringbone floor then we would advise not laying it in your bathroom or kitchen. Changes in temperature and humidity causes the boards to expand and move which can damage your flooring. However, if you wanted a Herringbone style in your kitchen and bathroom then you could choose luxury vinyl tiles. At Flooring365 we have a number of different Herringbone floors that can be fitted in each room so you will have plenty to choose from.

Is Herringbone flooring hard to lay?

Herringbone flooring is more challenging to lay than a traditional plank floor. When laying a Herringbone floor, you are laying individual boards at right angles to each other, so it takes more time to make sure that they are aligned correctly. People tend to leave the installation to the professionals due to the trickier installation which could cost you more money. However, if you’re up for the challenge then your Herringbone floor can be fitted by yourself which will save you money on hiring a professional fitter. Your Herringbone flooring will also need to acclimatise

Does Herringbone flooring need underlay?

This will depend on the type of Herringbone flooring you are wanting to lay in your home. When it comes to underlay all types of Herringbone flooring are different.


For Laminate Herringbone flooring we would recommend using underlay if your flooring doesn’t already come with underlay attached to its backing.

Engineered Wood

Click system engineered wood is normally installed on an underlay creating a floating Herringbone floor.


LVT Herringbone flooring usually comes with a cork or foam backing which serves as an already built-in underlay.

Solid Wood

Traditional parquet flooring is usually bonded down to the subfloor using a suitable adhesive.

Is Herringbone the right flooring for me?

Herringbone flooring is a beautifully elegant floor that will add an air of class to your home. Ultimately, it comes down to you and your personal preference. However, if you’re wanting a beautiful, durable floor that will set your home apart from the rest then this floor is perfect for you. If you’re wanting to branch out and try something new or want to follow your personal preferences and stay true to your own style, you can never go wrong with a Herringbone floor.

With the variety and diversity of species, colours, and the original beauty of the Herringbone pattern itself you’re able to create a floor that is completely unique to you and your home. There is a Herringbone floor suited to every room of your home. Whether you’re wanting to liven up your kitchen or impress your guests with a re-vamp of your living areas, we can guarantee you’ll find the perfect Herringbone floor to suit your needs.


Herringbone flooring is a very niche product so if you’ve got your heart set on Herringbone flooring then you’re probably already convinced that this flooring is perfect for you. But if you’re still unsure, we hope that our guide to choosing the right Herringbone floor has helped you or at least given some insight into our range of Herringbone flooring.



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