Direction Of Planks

Discussion in 'Vinyl Flooring Q&A' started by TonyM83, Jun 10, 2018.

Which direction should I run the planks?

  1. North, South (up, down)

  2. East, West (left, right)

  1. TonyM83

    TonyM83 New Member

    I am getting ready to install 1200 square feet of LVP. I am not sure which direction I should run the planks. I have read various tips, but still cannot decide.


    I have read run them the direction from front to back when you enter the house, run them parallel to the longest wall, etc. I have a photo of my floor plan. If I go with running the left to right that would work with the 2 large areas quite well (dining room / computer room & living room / kitchen). If I go with running the up and down that follows the tip of running the direction when enter the front door (which is between the dining room and computer room. I think running up and down may be easier (less ripping), but I don't know for sure. I just want what will look best. Any tips appreciated!!
  2. Mark Brown

    Mark Brown On The Surface Flooring I Support TFP

    My personal preference is always direction of the house, after that direction of the light and thirdly longest run. You got one and two going for ya as far as I'm concerned :)

    Hard to ever really make the call until you are actually IN the space but from your plans of it were me I would be up down
  3. kwfloors

    kwfloors Fuzz on the brain Charter Member I Support TFP Senior Member

    Your longest run is east to west. Your in the house more than going in and out.
  4. Tom Potter

    Tom Potter I Support TFP

    West to east all day
  5. Mark Brown

    Mark Brown On The Surface Flooring I Support TFP

    Damn you all i am losing!!
  6. Jim McClain

    Jim McClain TFP Owner/Founder Administrator

    No, east to West. :yesss:
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  7. Mike Antonetti

    Mike Antonetti I Support TFP Senior Member

    I think the most normal and probably 80-90% of what I’ve ever seen collectively is front to back. Side to side reminds me of a mobile home. I orient my bearings based on front to back. I would really like to know the psychology behind this decision making of patterns, diagonal, staggered pattern, whatever choice.

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  8. Daris Mulkin

    Daris Mulkin The One and Only Charter Member I Support TFP Senior Member

    North and south. Going east or west to will look like a bowling alley. Just my opinion and it don't even count with my wife.


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  9. Tom Potter

    Tom Potter I Support TFP

    Hung jury?

    I couldn't imagine doing that north to south. Sitting in the LR & looking into kitchen with everything running the "wrong" way would drive me up the wall.
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  10. Incognito

    Incognito No more Mr. Nice Guy! I Support TFP Senior Member

    "up and down" so the planks meet you going the long ways as you enter the home

    with vinyl planks cutting on a diagonal really isn't difficult

    nor is changing directions and putting borders around rooms and corridors. In fact with certain layouts cutting into a border is quicker than cutting to walls/jambs/other obstacles

    there's more to life than right/left up/down
  11. kylenelson

    kylenelson You'll find me on the floor I Support TFP Senior Member

    Run it long ways, kitchen to living room.
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  12. mgd

    mgd I Support TFP

    I vote East to West
  13. TonyM83

    TonyM83 New Member

    Voting is at a tie. So far I am leaning towards east/west
  14. SteveG

    SteveG Pro Member

    Install them on a 45
  15. Mike Antonetti

    Mike Antonetti I Support TFP Senior Member

    It’s all about your preference when it comes down to it. Some people are ok with lines, some not.

    A very nice home we did with maple for one of my wife’s retired well off boss country house on spring fed river when the wife was on 2nd floor she wanted to see the rows of wood which was side by side. A few years later they ripped out carpet in master bedroom, ripped out a few cut pieces and went the rest of the way. They regretted carpet for some reason, maybe the older big dog, not sure.

    I check out lines all the time!

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  16. Chris 45

    Chris 45 Director of P.R. on some deserted island. I Support TFP

    Dry lay some flooring in both directions and stew on it for a day or so.
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  17. Chris Mha

    Chris Mha Charter Member Senior Member

    East west
  18. Elmer Fudd

    Elmer Fudd Administwative Asst. Charter Member I Support TFP Senior Member

    If it were hardwood it would be E to West, LVT is made to look like wood so I vote E to W.

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