Installing Hardwood Plank Floors: What To Do To Get The Job Done

Hardwood floors are long-lasting and can add beauty and appeal to any home. Hardwoods come in many colors and styles and wood types. If you are looking to add hardwood floors to your home, here's what you need and what to do in order to get the job done. This is not a small job, so if you don't think you can take on this job, hire a professional flooring installer to get the job done for you.

Here's What You Need:

  • Hardwood plank flooring (enough for the room you are working in)
  • Nails (the type of nails depends on the flooring you are using - read the manufacturer's recommendations)
  • Nail gun
  • Rubber mallet
  • Measuring tape
  • Table saw
  • Underlayment


  1. To start, you'll need an even surface to work with. If you have flooring beneath such as tile, you should really have it removed, so you're down to the subfloor. An uneven floor may cause your wood floors to warp or become uneven as well.
  2. Next, lay down the underlayment over your flooring. Underlayment comes in many types, from thick paper thin to a little thicker, which may be good for concrete subfloors.
  3. Once the underlayment is laid, you can begin laying your wood floors. Start on one end of the room and work your way down to the other. You are going to want to stagger your floorboards in a subway tile method to keep the floors looking uniform but not quite too uniform. Measure your boards and cut with the table saw for an even edge.
  4. Use the rubber mallet to tap the pieces in place and nail the planks into place. If you don't have a nail gun, you may want to think about renting one as this will make the job go much faster than nailing each nail by hand.
  5. When you have all of your floor laid you can add the baseboards around the room over the rough edges. Room dividing pieces that match your hardwood floors can also be purchased wherever you purchased your flooring, so you have a nice transition from one room to the next.
  6. Clean your floors with a broom to remove dirt, dust, and sawdust from your floors and never use a vacuum with a beater bar to prevent scratching those beautiful new floors.

Installing hardwood floors can be a tough job, one that isn't for the faint of heart. Call a professional flooring company like Thayer Decorating Center for help installing your hardwood floors (or any flooring) in your home to ensure it is done properly.