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Herringbone Flooring

Herringbone and Chevron Pattern Wood Floors

Herringbone parquet flooring with border

Herringbone floors have a rich history as a traditional floor pattern in Europe. You can choose to install it in several configurations, with or without a border. A popular variation of the herringbone, called Chevron or French herringbone, is prominent in many prestigious European Chateaus.

It all starts with proper milling, more with a herringbone than with any other pattern. If herringbone pieces widths do not exactly add up - the pattern will be impossible to maintain. Czar Floors uses laser-guided precision equipment to keep consistent dimensions. Tolerance for dimensional deviation is not exceeding .005” in the width or profile of any one piece within a batch. Please note that wood dimensions may slightly change during transportation. Proper acclimation of the wood on-site should help to ensure uniformity of pieces.

Czar Floors uses top-quality Appalachian White Oak lumber, (Quercus Alba) grown in the northern United States. Comparing to other white oak species this wood material has much more consistent color variation, tight grain, beautiful "honey" tone when finished. This wood is known for its strength, durability, and consistency.

Using the form below, select the type of herringbone you wish to order. You may also order regular floor plank from matching wood by scrolling down the page to the "Plank and Strip Flooring" section.

Herringbone and Chevron Order Form

Herringbone and Chevron Flooring Specifications

We supply standard herringbone floors per the following specifications:

The Standard option is a solid wood board. Also available as Engineered. The "Thickness" option will appear when you select the 2-layer in the "Construction" option.

Please get in touch with us for Prefinished flooring options. The minimum prefinished flooring quantity is 600 sq.ft.

You may consider installing strip flooring as borders or extending the same wood into other rooms. Add regular random length boards from matching wood if needed: "Plank and Strip Flooring."

The minimum order for herringbone parquet flooring is 200 sq.ft. We pack herringbone in manageable bundles for easy handling. Bundles are palletized and shrink-wrapped.

The actual shipping quantity is automatically recalculated and rounded up to full bundles. Please click anywhere on the page or hit "Tab" to see the updated shipping quantity and total material cost after entering the required quantity.

Consider using the Rift/Quartered sawn (R/Q) Wood option for radiant heated floors, a more formal look, or if installing on concrete. Another option for radiant heat is to use Engineered Floors.

Every Czar Floors Herringbone flooring is made to order to your specifications. Please allow 4 to 7 weeks before shipping, depending on the type, quantity, and size. Completed orders will ship via FedEx Freight, fully insured. For residential deliveries, we include a Liftgate service. FedEx will call you to set up an appointment for curbside delivery.

Please note that in the New York City vicinity and New Jersey, we deliver for a flat $350 fee in any quantity. Please call us or e-mail us to place an order in those areas. Please get in touch with us for an accurate shipping charge quote for other parts of the country.

What is the difference between a Chevron pattern and Herringbone?

Herringbone parquet flooring example
Herringbone refers to standard rectangular boards, all of which are the same size. Pre-cut pieces are cut at 90° on both ends. Width of the herringbone is measured across the board, top side. Length is measured along the side, from corner to corner.
Chevron parquet flooring example
Chevron or French Herringbone refers to boards cut on both ends at a 45° angle. Chevron measured from tip to tip on the same side. Other cut angles are available upon request. Chevron is supplied as an equal quantity of Left and Right pieces. Chevron' maximum width is 5 inches.

Herringbone and Chevron floor installation patterns, examples

Diagonal Straight Chevron
Diagonal Herringbone parquet
Single Herringbone parquet with 2 block border
Chevron pattern
Chevron Herringbone Floor
Chevron (French Herringbone) Parquet Hardwood floor

Maple Herringbone hardwood floor
Maple herringbone, single plank layout with a matching decorative border. Border placement can be adjusted to have the pattern symmetrical.
White oak Herringbone with double planks hardwood floor
Herringbone flooring can be installed with double planks in the pattern. Herringbone was installed diagonally across the room. The pattern is surrounded by a decorative border. The apron is made using the same herringbone pieces, installed at 90° to the wall.
White oak herringbone floors
Herringbone in plainsawn white oak installed wall to wall. The pattern is installed on a straight line.
White Oak Herringbone flooring
White Oak Herringbone flooring installed diagonally, wall to wall.
American Walnut herringbone floors
American Walnut herringbone
Chevron or French herringbone floor
Chevron or French herringbone floor

How to Measure Herringbone Floor?

You may estimate the quantity by using our on-line Flooring Calculator or visualize and estimate your project using an On-Line Floor Designer. Please make sure to account for waste when specifying the order quantity - It is typical to add 10% to 15% overage.

Sometimes you need to know the size of the repeating pattern to properly layout the room and select optimal board size. How do you calculate herringbone pattern? The handy calculator below allows for finding those dimensions. Select the size of your herringbone from the list where "W" and "L" refer to the width and length of individual pieces. Other dimensions A and B will re-calculate automatically. "A" for standard herringbone, "B" - for Chevron.

Width x Length:
Calculate Herringbone Flooring Pattern
Calculate Chevron Flooring Pattern

How to Install a Herringbone Floor?

Herringbone floors are typically installed piece-by-piece in various configurations, either parallel to the wall or diagonally. Herringbone often looks best with the points running in the longest direction of a room or directed at a focal point. Diagonal installation visually expands the room but requires more material - add at least 15% extra if you are doing this type of installation.

For the best results, the herringbone is installed by glue-down or a combination of nail-down and glue-down. Herringbone pieces have grooves on three sides and one tongue on the long side. Optionally you can use spline, slip tongue between adjacent grooves (splines are not supplied with the product).

Please see detailed NWFA recommended installation steps: Herringbone Flooring Installation Instructions

Plank and Strip flooring

Hardwood floor white oak

Plank Order Form

The typical length of the boards in the bundle is shown with the average length. The specific length of the boards in the nested bundle is not guaranteed.

We supply standard plank floors per the following specifications:

Lead time for custom milled boards varies and typically longer for wide ( over 6") and longer length boards. You may expect about 5-7 weeks lead time for most flooring and 7-10 weeks for specialty order. Lead time and material availability change daily and are confirmed at the time of the order.

Hardwood plank flooring, custom milled by Czar Floors, exceeds NOFMA and NWFA specifications. Our Select grade is similar to Clear Grade specified by NOFMA and NWFA. Czar Floors' boards are produced on German-made precision molders with human and machine inspection for knots and sap.

All planks are back-channeled. Moisture content is between 6.5% and 8.5% and not more than 9% in any single board. Tolerance for dimensional deviation is not exceeding .005” in the width or profile of any single piece. Czar Floors white oak is the best quality Appalachian white oak.

Solid Quarter or Rift sawn oak is a perfect choice for radiant heat flooring, due to its long successful history of use over radiant heated floors. Radiant floor heating, using solid quartersawn oak flooring, has always been a good selection for stability, especially when installing boards wider than 4 inches. With any floors - radiant or not - Rift/Quartered sawn oak would be the best choice and superior to plainsawn for a small increase in investment.

Hardwood floor planks can be used to fill the areas between borders and walls with parquet installed inside the borders. This will create the beautiful appearance of a "wooden rug".

Czar Floor can supply quality plank flooring at competitive prices. The benefit of ordering plank floor from the same source as your parquet, herringbone, medallions and borders is that you can insure that it will match in thickness and appearance to other decorative floor.

Please account for waste of at least 10%. You may estimate the quantity by using our on-line Flooring Calculator.
The flooring is sold in full bundles. The actual shipping quantity is automatically recalculated and rounded up to full bundles. After entering the required quantity, please click anywhere on the page or hit "Tab" to see the updated shipping quantity and total material cost. If ordering with parquet or herringbone, there is no minimum - please call to order.

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