An absolute beginner’s guide to parquet floors

Parquet Floors image by Svet_Feo (via Shutterstock).

Exquisite: parquet floors are a popular choice for bedrooms, including this master bedroom photographed by Svet_Feo (via Shutterstock).

Whether in the home or a public hall, there is no mistaking the distinctive nature of parquet floors. They form part of many a dance floor, basketball court, school hall, public library, and numerous homes. With a geometric pattern, they add a touch of class to your floor.

Why is parquet so called?

Parquet, as in the flooring type, is derived from the Old French term parchet. This, a diminutive of the French word parc, translates as ‘a small enclosed space’. In this context, it is the tessellation of wooden pieces which are set in a small enclosed space and form a pattern.

With parquet floors, what kind of patterns are possible?

The most common pattern seen on parquet floors is the herringbone style. Successive wooden blocks create a zigzag shape. As well as being a popular design, the herringbone style is a most straightforward one to fit.

Another popular style is the weaved look with smaller blocks. A given number of wooden blocks make a square ‘tile’. For example, one ‘tile’ has six wooden blocks moving from top to bottom. Directly above, below, left, and right of the first pattern the four wooden ‘tiles’ will have six wooden blocks going from left to right.

What about their durability?

Parquet floors can last for several years. This is why they are popular in sports halls, arenas and for use on dance floors. At £120 per square metre, its expense may be off putting at first but, think of how long the floor could last compared with carpets or laminate flooring.

They are also easy to clean. Mud can be wiped off easily. Floors can be buffed adding a lovely shine to your parquet flooring. If you insist on taking your shoes off in the house, they are warm to the touch for your feet.

Castle Floors, 15 February 2017.