How to Choose the Right Width of Bamboo Flooring for Your Home

Bamboo Flooring Choosing to install bamboo floors in your home was an easy decision to make. Deciding on how wide your boards should be can sometimes feel like you’re taking your SATs all over again. To help you decide the width of your boards, you’ll want to take into consideration your existing decor, room size, and personal preference. If you’re still stumped, and your budget allows it, you may want to seek the advice of a professional decorator who can help you choose. Read this if you’re unsure how much it will cost to install bamboo flooring.

The following are the most common widths available:


The typical board width used in strip flooring is less than 3 inches. You’ll generally find original wood-strip floors in older homes because that was the only available flooring option at the time. Used in newer homes, narrow strip boards have the ability to create a contemporary, linear effect. The elongated appearance of these strips of the board can also help smaller rooms appear larger and more open.


Plank flooring is the most common width flooring on the market, and many people choose to install it in their homes. It is made from floorboards that typically range between 3 to 8 inches wide. The broad width of boards used in plank flooring makes it ideal for a rustic, traditional, or country decorating style. However, Plank flooring should be avoided in small rooms because the wide boards make space appear smaller.

Ambient's Rustic Ivory Wide Plank
Ambient’s Rustic Ivory Wide Plank


A custom-designed parquet floor can give any home that elegant and classic look. Flooring blocks are typically created in 1- or 2-foot squares from assorted bamboo strips in various widths. Each block is held together with a removable paper facing or a linen mesh backing. The wonderful thing about parquet flooring is that it offers various geometric design options — such as standard, herringbone, block, baroque, and Marie Antoinette patterns.

Other Considerations

When contemplating the width of bamboo flooring for your new floor, you’ll want to take into account your budget. Wide plank boards, especially hand scraped bamboo flooring, planks with special sizing or other custom features are often pricier than narrow strip floorboards.

You should also be aware some complimentary online tools can help you visualize a variety of flooring styles. Some of these interactive design tools allow you to select a room type, wall color, and decorating style to view in conjunction with an assortment of flooring options. Look at the beautiful Strand Cinnamon Wide Plank option below.

When in Doubt 

Using a tape measure, measure your room’s width. Bamboo is typically laid lengthwise in a room, so match your room’s width to the planks’ width.

Next, follow this rule for an aesthetically pleasing installation – the larger the room, the wider the plank. But remember, most wood flooring becomes unstable at plank widths over 6 inches, and cupping may be experienced on super-wide planks, especially in geographic areas with seasonal cycles. By the way, bamboo flooring can be installed in dry or humid climates.

Selecting the right width for your bamboo planks doesn’t have to be complicated. Just follow these tips to ensure your floors look perfect in your home.

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