DIY SCANDINAVIAN-STYLE FLOORS
They are way cheaper than hardwood installation and pretty dang easy to do.
- White Pine Boards
- Finish Nails
- Wood Glue
Measure. Tip-Break space into square areas for easy measuring, round up the total and add 5%.
Buy 1" x 10" wide, premium, white pine 8' boards (around $5.50-$6 each) and sand the edges for a softer, more natural appearance.
Unload room and pull up floor to expose subfloor. Clean up the 29 years of mystery dust that’s been under your current flooring and screw down areas that are squeaky before laying the new floorboards.
Start with the longest, straightest pine board and place on the longest wall, ¼ inch away from the wall. Do this with care- it determines how straight the boards are throughout the space.
Make a taut string line and position first board.
Cut pine boards in staggered lengths and place down along the first board to check the pattern. If it’s a go, apply subfloor glue along the bottom of each board. Position board and use nail gun with finish nails to secure flooring. Pine boards should butt up, board to board with a small gap due to sanding. Or use a thin object to put in between boards before nailing down.
Apply sealer of choice and let set per the sealer manufacturer’s instructions. We used Minwax Polyurethane Matte.
It's cut and dry, literally. This is the whole DIY Scandinavian-style floor process.