Wood floors add warmth, charm, and architectural interest to a home, and plank width does impact tone, decor, and illusion. It’s one of the most significant decisions you'll have to make. Wide planks are generally four inches wide but can go as high as five or even 12 inches; there’s no set standard. Narrow planks are three inches or less.

Wide planks: classic, rustic, and trending

Because there are fewer seams, there are also fewer visual breaks, making a room seem more spacious. While wider planks have always been prized for their traditional look, lighter colors are rising in popularity because they are contemporary. Since wider has more space, they can display knots, grains, swirls, and, even imperfections, better. Some prefer these unique touches, feeling that they add elegance and charm to the room.

Wider planks can be faster and less expensive to install since there are fewer of them. Make sure you get a high-quality grade; lower-grade wider planks can be difficult to fit, and with wood’s expansion/contraction issue, there can be greater opportunity for cupping and crowning.

Narrow planks: contemporary, great for small rooms

These give an airy, modern look and are especially appropriate for smaller rooms. Still, if your heart is set on wider planks, there are a couple of things you can do: First, choose a light color and then perpendicularly place the boards at the longest part of the room to give the illusion of more space. Know that narrow planks can be more time-consuming and expensive to install because there’s a lot of them.

With 40 years’ experience, A&D Carpets & Flooring believes that hardwood flooring is one of the best ways to enhance your home, and our designers can help sort out the right plank width for you. Come in for a consultation and a free quote. The A&D Carpets showroom is in Augusta, GA, where we service Martinez, Evans, Augusta, and North Augusta.