As far as comeback trends go, here’s a perfect example of a home flooring style that’s just too good to leave in the past. It’s called “end grain flooring.” The idea is to use the cross section cuts of trees for flooring instead of lengthwise-cut planks. Turns out, this once-popular concept is making a comeback! See for yourself.
You’ve probably seen end grain construction in wooden chopping blocks, like this one made of bamboo.
Sometimes, you’ll see end grain in square cuttings, tiled into various structures. Here’s an example of an oak cutting.
However, nothing quite beats the natural cuts.
With the unique texturing, end grain cut wood can help ensure traction where footing is so important. This is probably one reason why certain older, prestigious industrial sites have used this type of flooring.
Who can argue with the beauty created in end grain flooring?
You can stylize a unique pattern to fit the character of any room.
You can even mix up end grain with side grain for the best of both worlds.
Because of how durable this kind of wood cut is, it is perfect for ensuring the lasting sturdiness and appeal of any flooring.
In fact, it is so durable that end grain has been used to build some older roads, which are still in good shape to this day!
The options for stylizing your own end grain structures is nearly endless.
There are so many examples like this bamboo end grain flooring. It’s a floor you could use for a giant chopping block (though I wouldn’t recommend it).
Here’s an example of some mesquite floors AND walls.
How about a touch of hemlock?
Plywood flooring is a reasonable option.
Kaswell is a company that specializes in wooden flooring. Here are some examples of styles they offer.
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These designs are popular in certain older structures, such as this Standard Hotel in New York City.
Would you like some instructions on how to do this yourself? Check out this 3 part DIY instructional guide for creating your own end grain heaven.