April 12, 2021 2 min read

Does your home feature lots of twisty-turny architecture? Do the shape of your rooms leave you scratching your head? Weirdly shaped rooms can mean the architect’s motives are a puzzle, but when it comes to installing flooring, things don’t have to be.

Read on for some tips on how to nail your DIY flooring renovation in a uniquely constructed space!

Color Is Everything

Though not all strange-shaped rooms suffer from looking too small, many are filled with nooks, alcoves, and jagged areas, which can make them feel quite claustrophobic in the right circumstances.

Consider light-colored flooring if this describes your space, no matter if you’re putting down hardwood flooring, engineered hardwood flooring, or vinyl flooring. It will really help open things up!

Measure Your Area Carefully and Double-Check Your Numbers

Finding the area of a square or rectangular room – and thus how much flooring you’ll need to buy – is easy. Multiply the room’s base and height and you’ll have your answer! However, when rooms diverge from standard formulas, figuring out what you’ll need means you’ll need to use similarly non-standard math.

Luckily, the Internet is rich with answers, so once you figure out the shape of your room, all it takes is a quick search to point you in the right direction. When using more complicated formulas, run the numbers multiple times to make sure nothing slips between the cracks.

Learn How to Scribe

“Scribing” is a technique used in woodworking, but it proves itself more than useful when it comes to prefinished hardwood flooring installation. By using a drafting compass to trace uneven edges or those not at a right angle, you can get precisely the shape you need and thus a professional-quality finish.

It sounds simple, but it’s easier said than done in many cases! Sometimes, you’ll need to make relief cuts, for example, in order to avoid breaking your cutting equipment, and if a mistake is made it can be difficult to fix. Take it slow and cut far away from your drawn line at first to familiarize yourself with the angles.

E Hardwoods & Flooring Has Your Perfect Flooring Fit

No matter the shape of your room, we’ve got the flooring type and color that will make it shine. Plus, many of our flooring types feature DIY-friendly installation methods, so you don’t need to worry that you’re biting off more than you can chew. Peruse our online stock of hardwood flooring and more today – interior design inspiration awaits!