Herringbone Flooring | 5 Things To Consider

Herringbone Flooring | 5 Things To Consider

Got Your Eye On A Dream Herringbone? Here Are 5 Things To Think About...

Here at Flooring365, we're big fans of all things herringbone, whether that's solid, engineered, or laminate wood! Did you know it's also available in LVT too? 

No matter which finish you opt for, herringbone delivers on style and character, adding an extra level of interest to any design makeover, which is no wonder why it's one of our most popular flooring types.

If you've seen a dream herringbone, we're here to help you think about the practicalities, to make sure you choose the right floor that lives up to your dreams. First through, a few frequently asked questions...

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 became 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.

Herringbone flooring is a very popular choice that is back in demand for many homeowners. It is elegant, stylish, and extremely beautiful. With our wide range of Herringbone floors, we are confident that you will find the perfect Herringbone floor for you and your home.

Our top 10 Herringbone Floors (At A Glance)

Our stunning collection of Herringbone floors are 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

5 things to consider when choosing Herringbone Flooring

Is it right for your home?

Our range of herringbone floors comes in Solid Wood, Engineered Wood, Laminate, and Vinyl flooring and each has its own pros and cons. Ultimately, it comes down to you, your personal style, and your individual needs.

Which room are you using it in?

There are some limitations when it comes to herringbone flooring and choosing the best room to put it in. The main two factors you should consider are the conditions and traffic of your home. These will help you to determine the right herringbone. 


Solid Hardwood Herringbone Floors

Our solid wood herringbone floors are perfect for areas such as living rooms and dining areas; however, we don’t recommend installing them in high-humidity rooms such as the bathroom or the kitchen.

Solid wood is a lot less stable which means that changes in temperature and humidity can cause the floor to expand and warp. So, in rooms such as bathrooms and kitchens where the temperature and humidity levels change frequently, our solid wood herringbone floors wouldn’t be suitable.

Engineered Herringbone Floors

Herringbone engineered wood floors can be fitted in moisture-prone areas such as the kitchen. They do not warp or become damaged under extreme conditions which means you’ll always have a stunning, durable floor underfoot.

Laminate Herringbone Floors

Our laminate herringbone flooring is moisture-resistant so if you’re looking for a Herringbone flooring for your kitchen but want to keep the cost down, then our laminate herringbone flooring would be a perfect fit.

Vinyl Herringbone Floors

Our vinyl herringbone floors feature a multi-layer structure, which makes them extremely stable and moisture-resistant.  Vinyl herringbone floors are a great addition to any room including bathrooms and kitchens.


Solid Hardwood Herringbone Floors

Solid wood flooring can be sanded down repeatedly which means that dents and scratches can be removed with relative ease. This makes solid wood flooring a good choice for high-traffic areas. However, if you don’t want to damage or repeatedly sand and refinish your solid wood floor then we suggest going for a different style of herringbone floor.

Engineered Herringbone Floors

Engineered wood flooring has a top layer of solid wood which means that it can be scratched and dented. However, you can choose from a selection of finishes that will further protect them from scratching. You can also sand and refinish an engineered herringbone floor to get rid of any scratches and marks. This makes an engineered herringbone floor an acceptable choice for high-traffic areas. However, if you don’t want to damage or repeatedly sand and refinish your engineered floor then we suggest going for a different type of herringbone floor.

Laminate Herringbone Floors

Our laminate herringbone floors feature a tough surface, which makes them an ideal choice for spaces that experience heavy foot traffic. They can withstand stains, scratches, dents, and hard knots without suffering damage.

Vinyl Herringbone Floors

Vinyl herringbone floors have a tough wear layer and UV-coated surface which protects the floors from stains, scratches, and impact from falling objects. The hard-wearing nature of our vinyl herringbone floors makes it a great option for high-traffic areas.

What sort of style are you looking for?

Our Herringbone floors come in a number of different species, styles, and finishes, which will suit any home. It all comes down to your personal preference. Here at Flooring365, we have a wide range of herringbone wood floors to choose from and we’re confident that you will find the perfect floor for you and your home.

What sort of budget do you have?

All our Herringbone floors come in different price ranges. Our solid wood herringbone floors are the most expensive herringbone floors we have. If you’re looking for a cheaper alternative, then we recommend looking at our engineered herringbone range. However, if you’re looking for a herringbone floor that won’t break the bank then we suggest having a look at our laminate herringbone. It is our most affordable and practical range of herringbone floors.

Whether you’re wanting to splash out on an expensive herringbone floor or want to work to a more budget-friendly price range, we are confident that you will find your perfect herringbone floor for the price that you want.

What’s going underneath?

Another important thing to consider is, what is going underneath your herringbone wood floor. If you have underfloor heating, we don’t recommend solid wood herringbone flooring as the temperature changes, which can cause serious damage to your floor.

The type of subfloor you have can sometimes determine which type of flooring you will need. Usually, you can install any type of floor over most subfloors.

If you have an uneven subfloor, then we recommend buying an underlay. The underlay will even out imperfections in your subfloor and make it easier to install your herringbone floor.


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. 

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