When choosing a new hardwood floor, there are a lot of decisions to make. Choosing board width is probably not the first thing that comes to mind, but it is a decision that plays a vital role in the overall look of your hardwood floor. Here is a quick guide to board width from the experts at Floor Coverings International® of Waukesha.plank hardwood Waukesha

Strip Plank

Strip plank has the narrowest width of traditional hardwood planks. It is generally about 2- 2 ¼” inches wide. The smaller width of the boards means that more material is necessary to cover the floor. The installation of strip plank can be more expensive because it requires a greater number of boards and is more time-consuming than other styles.


Plank hardwood is likely the style you are most familiar with seeing and is one of the most common sizes of hardwood installed in homes today. Plank hardwood ranges from 3 – 4 ¾” inches and is designed to maximize the efficiency of the manufacturing and installation process.

Wide Plank

Before modern manufacturing, a wide plank was commonly used because it required less work to manufacture the boards. The wide boards also expedited the installation process. Today, the wide plank has had a resurgence in popularity and is a trendy interior design choice. The wide plank hardwood Waukesha standard wide plank board is about 7” or wider.


Mixed-width is the most affordable hardwood width style. Going the mixed route provides savings on the wood because the manufacturer does not have to spend time sorting through the different widths for a uniform set. The mixed sizes will also provide a rustic and authentic feel to your home.

Get Started Today In Waukesha

To learn more about hardwood widths or to get started on your own flooring project, contact the experts at Floor Coverings International® of Waukesha. You can also schedule a free in-home consultation, and we will bring our mobile showroom equipped with hundreds of flooring choices right to your door. We are proud to serve Waukesha, Brookfield, Milwaukee and the surrounding areas.


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