Wide plank wood flooring delivers arguably one of the most impressive looking floors, and it is ideally suited to the larger, free-flowing spaces so often seen in contemporary design. Imposing wide boards truly accentuate a big space and create a real talking point of their own.
Of course, "wide" is a subjective word. At Havwoods we only use it in respect of one-strip planks that are greater than 200mm wide, although some suppliers class 190mm, or even 180mm planks as being "wide". If you are looking for boards narrower than 200mm on this website, search 'wood planks' and use the relevant filter for the width you require. And if you don't see exactly what you are looking for here, some of the planks in our Henley collection are also available to order in 220mm and 260mm widths - just give us a call on +44(0)1524 737000.
Why are wood planks getting wider?
Wood absorbs moisture so, depending upon the amount of moisture in the air at any given time, it can swell and shrink. And when this happens bigger boards are in greater danger of cupping, warping or gapping than smaller ones. For this reason, solid wood planks are, by modern standards, usually quite narrow.
Engineered wood - where layers of wood are bonded together, with the grain of each layer running at right angles to the next - is far more stable, making it far more suitable for a really wide board.
The ultimate in wide boards
If you are looking for the ultimate big board statement, you need look no further than Havwoods' Hand Grade collection. These spectacular products come in random lengths up to 4m and range from 280mm right up to 480mm wide. Two different designs - a bevelled edge plank with a smooth surface and a textured, sculptured board - and eight stunning shades ensure optimum choice.
When to fit wide plank wood flooring
There are absolutely no rules when using a wider board: they look good anywhere. Although large, open spaces would appear to be their most natural habitat, planks up to 260mm wide also work well in small spaces. This is because there is a much higher proportion of wood to join, so the floor appears less busy and this opens up a smaller room. Always remember, whatever the grade of wood, a wider plank will emphasise its characteristics. So in a rustic or character grade plank, the intricate patterns around the knots stand out even more, whilst the elegance of a clean grain will also be highlighted.