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How to Make a Herringbone Floor in 7 Easy Steps

The finished herringbone floor

A wood floor can bring a touch of elegance to any room. Depending on the style of your dollhouse there are a lot of designs to choose from. The Herringbone floor is one of the most characteristics. Let’s see how to make it for your dollhouse.

This pattern is made by planks of woods all the same size, settled in this particular “V” shape with an inclination of 45 degrees.

Herringbone floor structure
The structure of a herringbone floor

Don’t get scary: making this pattern is easy with a bit of patience and can bring a touch of elegance in your dollhouse.

For making this floor, you will need:

Materials
Wooden craft sticks
Wooden glue
5 mm Squared paper
Sandpaper
Wood Filler
Precision cutter

Cutting out the planks

The first step is to cut out the small planks of 50mm length x 8mm height from the sticks. Depending on the size of the room you want to cover, you will need a LOT of these. Take your time and cut out as much as you can so you don’t need to stop during the assembly stage because you’re running out of planks.
One important thing to remember when cutting out the wood is to follow the wood grain: his direction will affect the look of the floor in the coloring stage so be sure to keep it horizontally.

Dollhouse herringbone floor planks cutted out
The herringboone floor planks cutted out

This step is the most time-consuming, but I swear, it’s worth it :).

Make the floor template

With a sheet of 5 mm squared paper make a template of the floor you want to cover, so you can work on it quickly and be sure to reach all the corners without obstacles.
For helping you, I’ve made a printable pattern of the herringbone design. Click on the image below, and use it as a guide for the gluing stage.

download the herringbone floor template

(Optional): Build the frame

Optional: you can use wood sticks 8mm height to make a frame all around the edges. On the corners, cut the side of the two planks at 45 degrees: this will make the edges more attractive and clean.

Don’t worry if you see the cut marks between the planks: we will fix them later.
I ‘ve considered this step optional because you can choose to go up to the edges with the floor part instead of making the frame.

Build the floor

Begin to build the herringbone pattern, following the diagonal of the squares as a guide for the inclination of the planks. My advice is to make both the sides of one herringbone using the square guide, so you can easily follow the planks you already glued for going on with the others.

Building the herringbone floor is easy if you have a guide to follow
Building the floor

Another advice I can give you is to test the plank before gluing it. In this manner, you can adjust the dimension and the position of the plank before fixing it.
Continue for all the surface you have to cover, gluing all the full planks first and leaving behind the edges. Use a small amount of glue on each plank, removing the excess with a toothpick.

Cut the edges

When all the central area is finished it’s time to make the edges. Mark where to cut with a pencil and make some test before fixing them, so you can work without the risk of wasting time or materials and most important you can be sure that there aren’t gaps between the floor and the edges.

Trimming the edges of the planks for a clean finishing
Edges of the herringbone floor

Place the floor into the room

Now that you have built the floor it’s time to place it into the room. Before using the glue, check if it fixed correctly and make the final adjustments if needed. Put a bit of glue on the surface inside the dollhouse, removing the excess and well distributing it. Put the finished floor on the surface and leave it to dry.
If you find some gaps between the floor and the walls, use a wood filler for covering them, and leave it to dry before moving to the next step. If you have followed the step n. 3, it’s time to fix the gaps in the frame too. Even in the corners, if you don’t like the final results, you can cover the join with the wood filler and make it again with a cutter.

Finishing touches

When it’s all dried out, use fine sandpaper for removing the excess of wood filler from the edge. Use it on the floor too, for giving it an aged texture and matching the heights of the planks. Before moving to the painting step, clean all the surface from the wood dust using a damp cloth and let it dry completely.

Your herringbone floor is done! Yeah!

Now you can choose to leave it with his natural color or painting it in the tone you like. In the first case, my advice is to use a neutral wood protector, satin or matt as you wish so you can protect the wood from dust and stains.
If you like a different tone you can choose from a large selection of colors. Just remember before painting it, to use some masking tape for protecting the wall from the paint.

The finished herringbone floor, painted with wood colored wax
With the paint all the beautiful wood veneers comes up

But why we have to stop here?
With the same steps I’ve shown you, you can make different floor patterns, or design your own one!
Here you can find some other pattern I’ve made for you: feel free to use it for your floors and let me know how it’s turned out.

Download all the herringbone floor templates

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