Are larger planks better?

Larger planks make rooms feel larger and less cluttered. They also provide advantages in both installation and maintenance.

You may notice that we like to focus on flooring products that are on the larger size. But is bigger necessarily better? It’s a fair question to ask. After all, in interior design bigger is not always better. Why so with flooring?

The answer is a combination of both form and function.

From a form and design perspective, flooring comes in tiles or planks. These planks have designs on them, either printed or natural (as in the case of wood). The continuity of these designs is naturally broken-up between planks. As such, having wider and longer planks allows the design to more seamlessly express itself, rather than starting and stopping every few inches.

Larger planks also have the benefit of making a room feel larger and less cluttered. With fewer seams, there is a “calming” effect provided by the floors, as opposed to a “busy” effect that results from narrower and shorter planks.

Function-wise, wider planks provide advantages in both installation and maintenance. When installing, the larger planks mean there are fewer planks to install in total, which effectively results in a much faster install. Every plank you install covers more floor, meaning fewer planks. In terms of maintenance, fewer seams or “bevels” between planks means less opportunity for dirt to get caught in there. It also means easier repairs, if needed. A scratch that only covers one plank is much easier to address than one that covers two planks.