Herringbone Wood Flooring

Herringbone wood flooring is made from relatively small rectangular blocks of hardwood laid in a pattern which resembles the skeleton of a fish - specifically a herring - and from which it derives its name. It is the most popular of the parquet patterns and is now very much on trend in both domestic and commercial installations.

Herringbone flooring is where the past meets the present

The herringbone pattern dates back 2,500 years to the Roman empire, when engineers discovered that a crisscrossing structure of interlocking pavers allowed for compression and movement as the traffic flowed along their roads.

It is thought that the first herringbone wood floor was laid by the Italians in the Françoise I Gallery at the Château de Fontainebleu. They have certainly been laying beautiful patterned floors ever since and it is the Italians who have dictated the delicate dimensions of our Italian Collection blocks. These are perfect for creating fine intricate floors including basket weave and heritage designs, as well as the classical herringbone pattern, and for creating elaborate floors combined with tiles of ceramic, porcelain, glass, or even rubber.

Traditional and contemporary herringbone flooring options

An antiqued finish emphasises this pattern's heritage, so at Havwoods we offer tumbled solid oak blocks which are distressed to emulate antiquity. But if you prefer genuine reclaimed wood, Venetian Lagoon oak really is created from the oak reclaimed from the mooring posts and briccola of the waterways of Venice. Since just 150 of these posts are replaced every year these are a genuinely scarce commodity.

​In contemporary design larger dimensions result in a modern twist, so many of our wood flooring blocks are classed as "oversized''. Indeed, at almost two feet long they are far larger than traditional the blocks. They remain, however, perfectly proportioned to be installed as single or double herringbone, brick pattern, or even tumbling dice if you want something really different.

Installing a herringbone floor

Although one of the simpler parquet patterns, care should be taken when planning your herringbone floor. Remember to work out your pattern carefully before you start. The designs repeat so if the rows are not perfectly straight and precisely aligned with the walls the result will be disappointing. And remember, walls are not always perfectly square so you need to take this into consideration too.

​At Havwoods all our blocks are supplied either with a groove on three sides and a tongue on one, or with two sides groove and two sides tongue. Those marked ‘handed’ are supplied as left- and right-handed and will be supplied in the correct ratio.


RECM2077 Venetian Lagoon Oak Herringbone Rustic Grade Oak Hardwood Flooring

RECM2077 Venetian Lagoon Oak Herringbone Rustic Grade Oak Hardwood Flooring

Engineered Oak; Herringbone Pattern; Smoked; Oiled Finish; Tongue & Groove; Square Edge. Thickn..

HW7000 Nebbia – Block Select Grade Oak FSC® Hardwood Flooring

HW7000 Nebbia – Block Select Grade Oak FSC® Hardwood Flooring

Engineered Oak FSC®; Block Pattern; Sanded; UV Oiled Finish; Tongue & Groove; Beveled Edge. Thicknes..

BPFH21/1611/120 Jutland* Rustic Grade Oak Hardwood Flooring

BPFH21/1611/120 Jutland* Rustic Grade Oak Hardwood Flooring

Engineered Oak; Herringbone Pattern; Distressed & Smoked; White UV Oiled Finish; Tongue & Gr..

HW16007 Notte – Block Select Grade Oak FSC® Hardwood Flooring

HW16007 Notte – Block Select Grade Oak FSC® Hardwood Flooring

Engineered Oak FSC®; Block Pattern; Fumed & Brushed; Lacquered Finish; Tongue & Groove; Square Edge...

HW16006 Bronzo – Block Select Grade Oak FSC® Hardwood Flooring

HW16006 Bronzo – Block Select Grade Oak FSC® Hardwood Flooring

Engineered Oak FSC®; Block Pattern; Thermo & Brushed; Lacquered Finish; Tongue & Groove; Square Edge..

HW16005 Ardesia – Block Select Grade Oak FSC® Hardwood Flooring

HW16005 Ardesia – Block Select Grade Oak FSC® Hardwood Flooring

Engineered Oak FSC®; Block Pattern; Brushed; Lacquered Finish; Tongue & Groove; Square Edge. Thickne..

HW16004 Alabastro – Block Select Grade Oak FSC® Hardwood Flooring

HW16004 Alabastro – Block Select Grade Oak FSC® Hardwood Flooring

Engineered Oak FSC®; Block Pattern; Brushed; Lacquered Finish; Tongue & Groove; Square Edge. Thickne..

HW16002 Pallido – Block Select Grade Oak FSC® Hardwood Flooring

HW16002 Pallido – Block Select Grade Oak FSC® Hardwood Flooring

Engineered Oak FSC®; Block Pattern; Brushed; Lacquered Finish; Tongue & Groove; Square Edge. Thickne..

HW16001 Neutro – Block Select Grade Oak FSC® Hardwood Flooring

HW16001 Neutro – Block Select Grade Oak FSC® Hardwood Flooring

Engineered Oak FSC®; Block Pattern; Brushed; UV Oiled Finish; Tongue & Groove; Square Edge. Thic..

RECM1003 Tumbled Oak Rustic Grade Oak Hardwood Flooring

RECM1003 Tumbled Oak Rustic Grade Oak Hardwood Flooring

Solid Oak; Herringbone Pattern; Tumbled; Natural Oiled Finish; Tongue & Groove; Square Edge. Handed...

RECM1002 Tumbled Oak Rustic Grade Oak Hardwood Flooring

RECM1002 Tumbled Oak Rustic Grade Oak Hardwood Flooring

Solid Oak; Herringbone Pattern; Tumbled; White Oiled Finish; Tongue & Groove; Square Edge. Handed. T..

RECM1001 Tumbled Oak Rustic Grade Oak Hardwood Flooring

RECM1001 Tumbled Oak Rustic Grade Oak Hardwood Flooring

Solid Oak; Herringbone Pattern; Smoked & Tumbled; Oiled Finish; Tongue & Groove; Square Edge. Handed..

RECM1000 Tumbled Oak Rustic Grade Oak Hardwood Flooring

RECM1000 Tumbled Oak Rustic Grade Oak Hardwood Flooring

Solid Oak; Herringbone Pattern; Smoked & Tumbled; White Oiled Finish; Tongue & Groove; Square Edge. ..

HW3239 Sarum Rustic Grade Oak Hardwood Flooring

HW3239 Sarum Rustic Grade Oak Hardwood Flooring

Engineered Oak; Herringbone Pattern; 100% Smoked & Brushed; White Oiled Finish; Tongue & Groove; 4-S..

HW3258 Fresco* Rustic Grade Oak Hardwood Flooring

HW3258 Fresco* Rustic Grade Oak Hardwood Flooring

Engineered Oak; Herringbone Pattern; Brushed & Burnt; White Oiled Finish; Tongue & Groove; 4-Side Be..

HW3244 Salvo Prime Prime Grade Oak Hardwood Flooring

HW3244 Salvo Prime Prime Grade Oak Hardwood Flooring

Engineered Oak; Herringbone Pattern; 100% Smoked & Sanded; UV Oiled Finish; Tongue & Groove; Beveled..

HW3238 Blanco  Prime Grade Oak Hardwood Flooring

HW3238 Blanco Prime Grade Oak Hardwood Flooring

Engineered Oak; Herringbone Pattern; Sanded; UV Oiled Finish; Tongue & Groove; 4-Side Beveled Edge. ..

HW3236 Medio* Prime Grade Oak Hardwood Flooring

HW3236 Medio* Prime Grade Oak Hardwood Flooring

Engineered Oak; Herringbone Pattern; Smoked; UV Oiled Finish; Tongue & Groove; 4-Side Beveled Edge. ..

HW3235 Nile  Prime Grade Oak Hardwood Flooring

HW3235 Nile Prime Grade Oak Hardwood Flooring

Engineered Oak; Herringbone Pattern; Sanded; UV Oiled Finish; Tongue & Groove; 4-Side Beveled Edge. ..

HW3234 Quadro* Prime Grade Oak Hardwood Flooring

HW3234 Quadro* Prime Grade Oak Hardwood Flooring

Engineered Oak; Herringbone Pattern; Smoked; UV Oiled Finish; Tongue & Groove; 4-Side Beveled Edge. ..

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