Decorative timber flooring

Decorative timber flooring

Date Published

21 August 2022

Document Type




Timber is an excellent flooring material and has been used for this purpose for centuries. Interest has increased in recent years and wood flooring is now popular both in residential and commercial situations.

This Wood Information Sheet gives guidance to designers and specifiers on aspects which should be considered when choosing a timber floor. It deals mainly with decorative floors in dwellings, offices and institutional buildings and does not specifically address the detailed requirements of gymnasia, sports halls, dance floors or other special floors.

Key Information

Decorative wood flooring offers advantages of appearance, insulation, sustainability and ease of maintenance.

There is a range of decorative wood flooring products available in two main groups: solid wood products and Design > Engineer;ed or laminated products.

Underfloor heating will result in dimensional changes to timber and requires careful product selection.

Case studies

Alfriston school, a secondary-age day and boarding school in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, caters for 120 girls with a wide range of special educational needs and disabilities. Its new swimmming pool building, designed by Duggan Morris Architects, is enclosed by a beautiful multi-faceted timber structure, its innovative shape a direct yet imaginative response to the requirements of the brief.

Since 1995 a worked-out china clay pit in St. Austell, Cornwall has been transformed into a leading tourist attraction and horticultural centre, the Eden Project.