Person sitting with laptop and working at home with their cat on a floor with wide planks

Choosing between wide and narrow engineered floor planks

When it comes to engineered wood flooring, one of the many questions that people tend to ask is what differences wide and narrow planks make to the feel or style of a room.

Of course, everyone’s opinion differs on whether they prefer wide or narrow floor planks, but there are a few objective differences worth considering before you make a decision.

Considerations for a small room

If you’re searching for engineered wood flooring for a smaller room, such as a bedroom or a study, then narrow planks are worth investigating, as they help create the illusion of a larger room.

That said, they can also make a room look busier to the eye, as more planks are needed, and they can sometimes differ in length.

Wider planks tend to make a small room look even smaller, but can add an element of relaxation, thanks to their seamless fit.

If you choose wide planks, be sure to lay them parallel to the longest wall to help the room look as wide as possible.

Considerations for a large room

We’ve often found that wooden planks within a large room are increasingly popular as they help shape its size and this can often emphasize the amount of floor space available.

That said, some people choose to use a variety of board widths for particularly large rooms so that the floor adds depth and character to the overall feel of the room.

Differences in fitting time

Although all engineered wood floors enjoy an efficient and swift fitting time, thanks to their intricate and robust click systems, due to the physical size of narrow planks, they tend to take a little longer to install.

That said, skilled flooring fitters are able to compensate for a higher quantity of planks and are able to install them just as efficiently as ones that are wider.


Thanks to advances in flooring technology, and the brilliant click systems that we see in engineered floors today, neither wide nor narrow planks should experience movement, warping, or bloating throughout their lifetimes.

Due to the unique way that engineered flooring is constructed, each plank is carefully designed and constructed using high quality multi-layer plywood, HDF, or softwood, which gives the floor the ability to resist changes in both temperature and humidity.

It also means that engineered flooring works beautifully with underfloor heating.


If you happen to be working on a budget, it’s important to consider the cost differences between wide and narrow flooring planks.

This is because wider boards tend to be more expensive as they need to come from larger logs, which depending on the species of the material you choose, could be harder to find and source.

Interior of modern living room with narrow engineered flooring planks.

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