How to Install a Herringbone Floor – This Old House

See how to use prefinished engineered flooring to create a chevron showstopper. (See below for a shopping list and tools.)

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Shopping List for How to Install a Herringbone Floor:
– Engineered tongue-and-groove strip flooring.
Have your supplier determine how much you need, but figure on 15 percent waste.
– Feature and apron strips, to frame the herringbone field.
– Flooring splines
– Molding, to create a guide for the circular saw.
– 3/4-inch plywood. Get one 4×8 sheet to make the nailing blank and a straightedge.
– 1 1/2-inch drywall screws, to attach the blank to the subfloor.
– 16-gauge 2-inch L-head flooring nails or ‘cleats’
– Wood glue
– Painter’s tape

Tools for How to Install a Herringbone Floor:
– Measuring tape
– Chalk line
– Trammel. Make one from a piece of scrap board
– Straightedge
– Framing square
– Miter saw
– Rubber mallet
– Router and 1 1/4-inch flooring bit
– Rafter square
– Drill/driver
– Flooring nailer
– Circular saw

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Trena Pickel says:

I can make it myself. Just got instructions from woodprix website and I’m ready for do it 😀

9aliraf says:

this video is a cure for insomnia

Andrew Miguelez says:

Happy New Year… here, have your brain explode by listening to these directions!

James mcquoid says:

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Jeffrey B says:

So on a complexity scale of 1 to 10…this would be….maybe a 57?!

minzawoo katha says:


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Dolphin named Kathy says:

I don’t think I want to do this. gesh

Pat Fitzgerald says:

When I watched this video on mute I absorbed way more information than listening to the relentless monotone drivel of the commentator.

TomKaren94 says:

He says the short side of the triangle should be the same as the length of the slat, but that is wrong.  The layout shown has the short side of the triangle at the slat’s length minus its width.  It is also shown to be so at 3:30. 1:15 – “With herringbone, the slats need to be a length that’s an exact multiple of their width.” I don’t think so. I’ve laid out herringbone patterns without this restriction and it’s been perfectly fine. Not sure where this came from. Probably some time in the past someone said it “should” be for aesthetic purposes, and now people believe it’s a must.

Roy Arsenault says:

He should not use this old house, he has no right to the name,

Doug Reed says:

Brilliant project and a great how-to.  Thanks.

Tonybone Robert says:

At 4:22 the customer would have told me to replace that dark board. Pisses me off every time

Charles Damery says:

A lot of work, but worth it.

SilveradoBass12 says:

well done it looks amazing.

ColdPillowz says:

Yeah i’ll get started on this right away TOH…not.

Maxid1 says:

Spend a day dry fitting or you’re going to be very upset. I’m amazed at the directions on this one. They were very good.

Porsche924Tim says:

I’ll leave this to the pros who do hardwood flooring every day… I could really mess this up…

Barrio Rock says:

To much steps i can make it 100 times simple than this !


With patience . Yes . Thanks

mach smith says:

ah yeah..that looks easyi…lol

ZZ ZZ says:

I installed herringbone in my house on my own and you need patience and there is no room for error period. Nicky Lauda a famous Formula 1 driver said ‘ there is no perfection BUT just a patch to it” well Nicky I got news for you ” you have not seen installation of herringbone floor” as it requires perfection 100% /Lots of detailed work but when people come over my house they just drule. Mockeys can install straight planks of woof but herringbone is master.

MKRM27 says:

I would stand back and marvel if mine looked ANYTHING like that… haven’t got the patience

minzawoo katha says:



super video !

flanmaryj says:

yay! I was wondering if prefinished flooring could be used! I’d like to know interlocking laminate slats can be used to make a herringbone floor in my kitchen.

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