How To Install Hardwood Flooring

by Juhi Advani | February 20, 2024 | 6 mins read

Installing hardwood flooring in your home

Kudos to your great taste in fine home interiors! Are you considering hardwood flooring for your dream home? There may be a slew of options, but certain choices are hard to beat when it comes to flooring. Vinyl, cement, tiles, and marble are great options, but the charm of a hardwood floor is unequivocal. Let’s talk about it more.  

What Is Hardwood Flooring? 

This flooring is made only of solid, raw wood, typically sourced from oak, maple, or cherry trees. It is known for its durability, natural beauty, and timeless appeal that can transform your home’s aesthetics. Whether you’re a DIY enthusiast or planning to hire professionals, this blog will help you understand the hardwood floor installation process. 

Hardwood flooring is made of solid raw wood from oak tree
Get experts for a breezy hardwood flooring installation

Engineered & Solid Hardwood Flooring

Solid Hardwood flooring is different from engineered hardwood. Engineered hardwood flooring is like a cousin of solid hardwood flooring, which is built by layering a real hardwood top over a foundation of plywood or high-density fiberboard (HDF).

Difference between engineered and solid hardwood flooring
Rustic charm gets a makeover

Hardwood Flooring Installation Checklist

It is not rocket science that flooring can make or break the look of your home. But let that not worry you. Our simple checklist of best practices for getting your hardwood flooring right in the first go will help you. Read on. 

Preparation for Best Hardwood Flooring Installation

Take some time to explore reference images on the kind of hardwood flooring that resonates with your home interiors. Whether you’ve already had a free consultation with one of DesignCafe’s designers or have chosen an option based on blog images, gathering inspiration and making informed decisions for a satisfactory result is crucial. As we delve deeper into the installation process, make sure to note down the essential details. 

Select the type of hardwood flooring that aligns with your design preferences and practical needs. Whether you opt for solid hardwood or engineered hardwood, consider factors like room usage, foot traffic, cleaning efforts and humidity levels. Engineered hardwood flooring offers stability and suits areas with fluctuating humidity levels. Solid hardwood flooring has a raw, natural appeal and can be sanded and refinished multiple times, making it a preferred choice for long-lasting elegance in well-maintained spaces.

Hardwood flooring installation research and preparation for aligning your requirements
Research before you decide on your option

Cost to Install Solid & Engineered Hardwood Floors

Start by measuring the area where you wish to install the hardwood flooring, just one bedroom or the entire house. This includes accurately measuring the length and width of the room and estimating the amount of hardwood flooring you will need while purchasing the right materials. Take a measuring tape, write down the dimensions, or communicate with the hired designers. 

If you plan to install the flooring yourself, ensure you have all the required tools and materials for the installation process. You’ll need a tape measure, chalk line, circular saw, jigsaw, flooring adhesive, nail gun, and other safety equipment. 

Note: If DesignCafe handles your interiors, wooden flooring falls under our services.

Solid and engineered hardwood flooring installation cost ideation
Prepare your space for a successful installation
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How To Install Hardwood Floors: Process 

How To Install Hardwood Floors On Uneven Subfloor

The subfloor is the base or foundation on which the hardwood flooring gets installed. Ensure the subfloor is clean, levelled, and free of obstruction or debris. If there is any unevenness or damage, use self-levelling compounds or plywood to create a smooth and stable base for the seamless hardwood flooring installation process.

Let the hardwood flooring acclimate to the project room’s temperature and humidity levels for at least 48 hours before installation. This precautionary measure prevents the wood’s expansion or contraction after installation. Hiring a credible interior design team is crucial for a quality installation. 

According to the floor design pattern selected, set out the layout of the hardwood planks to ensure symmetry. Consider the direction of the planks in relation to the room’s entrance and the source of natural light.

Hardwood flooring installation process on uneven subfloor
Don’t rush when it comes to quality flooring

Hardwood Floor Installation And Refinishing: Get To Work!

When it comes to hardwood floor installation, you have three main methods to choose from:

  • Nail-Down Installation: This cost-effective method involves nailing each plank directly to the subfloor, providing secure stability. It’s a traditional approach suitable for both solid and engineered hardwood.
  • Glue-Down Installation: An adhesive or glue is applied to the subfloor(works best for concrete), and the planks are glued in dedicated areas. It’s commonly used for engineered hardwood and is beneficial for areas with moisture concerns.
  • Click-Lock Installation: A quick and simple technique that involves locking the planks without attaching them to the subfloor. Instead, they securely snap together, perfect for DIY projects and engineered hardwood.

Begin the installation by laying the first row of hardwood planks along the longest wall. Maintain a small gap between the planks and the wall to accommodate natural expansion.

Post installation, let the hardwood flooring settle down for a few days before moving furniture back into the room. This helps prevent any damage or shifting of the planks. And your stunning floor is ready! There is nothing like walking on your new fancy ground beneath your feet. 

Hardwood floor installation and refinishing for enhancing the look of your home
Get ready to accept compliments!


Hardwood flooring is an excellent option for modern, traditional, rustic or any other interior design style. Whether solid or engineered, this wooden flooring will transform the way your home looks. And it doesn’t have to be expensive. With careful planning and attention and the right approach, you will have a beautiful and durable floor that enhances the aesthetics and value of your home. For more information or installation services, reach out to DesignCafe today!

FAQs On Installing Hardwood Flooring

Can hardwood flooring be installed over existing flooring?
Yes, hardwood flooring can be installed over existing flooring in certain cases, provided the current floor is in good condition and suitable for the new installation. However, it’s recommended to consult with professionals for a proper assessment.

What are the different types of hardwood flooring installation methods?
There are three main methods: nail-down, glue-down, and click-lock. Nail-down involves attaching planks directly to the subfloor, glue-down uses adhesive to bond the planks, and click-lock involves interlocking planks without needing nails or glue.

Do I need to acclimate hardwood flooring before installation?
Yes, acclimating hardwood flooring to the environment is crucial to prevent issues like warping or gaps. Allow the flooring to adjust to the room’s humidity and temperature for a few days before installation.

Can I install hardwood flooring in areas with radiant heating systems?
Yes, hardwood flooring can be installed over radiant heating systems. However, it’s important to choose the right type of wood and follow specific installation guidelines to ensure compatibility with the heating system.

Are there any environmental or sustainability considerations when choosing hardwood flooring?
Absolutely. When selecting hardwood flooring, opt for certified sustainable materials and inquire about the manufacturer’s eco-friendly practices. Choosing responsibly sourced wood helps support environmental conservation.

Juhi Advani works as a content writer

Juhi Advani

Juhi Advani, our in-house content writer, comes with 2 years of experience and a knack for storytelling. She is passionate about traveling, obsessed with rom-coms, and has an insatiable appetite for new experiences. Apart from writing passionately about home interior design and decor, she immerses herself in the world of acrylic art. Juhi also spends her weekends creating lifestyle content.

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