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Copy of Engineered Herringbone

***Fitting herringbone is specialised and sourcing a skilled professional to carry out installation is always strongly recommended.***


  • Safety Glasses
  • Dust Mask
  • Knee Pads
  • Tape Measure
  • Floor
  • Adhesive
  • Spacers
  • Chalk
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Pull Bar
  • Tapping Block
  • Jigsaw
  • Jamb Saw
  • Mitre Saw
  • Hammer or Mallet
  • Square Plywood Board
  • Trowel
  • Moisture Metre
This instruction is a guide only. Sourcing an experienced, skilled professional is advised to fit herringbone floors.

Before starting:

    Calculate the total square metres of the area you are covering and add an extra minimum 10% for cutting and waste.
  • Packs of flooring should be stored in a dry, sheltered area.
  • Check each plank for any manufacturing defects prior to installing. These should be recorded and reported back to our team as soon as they are noticed.

Subfloor Prep:

  • If laying flooring on top of a new concrete sub-floor, check that it is fully dried. This can take anywhere from 2-4 months. The moisture reading should be lower than 0.3% CM Moisture. 
  • Existing concrete/screed subfloor moisture content can be check also using a moisture metre and should be lower than 0.3% CM Moisture. 
  • The flooring can be installed on concrete/screed subfloors and existing wood so long as they are stable. 
  • Deviations in the level of any subfloor should not exceed 3mm under a 3-lineal metre straight edge. Any raised areas should be sanded or ground down and depressions filled using a good quality levelling compound. If unsure, please seek advice from a qualified professional.
  • Ensure the subfloor is clean and free from all dirt and debris by brushing and vacuuming.  
  • On a wood subfloor, your new boards should be laid in a direction 90 degrees (perpendicular) to the direction of the existing boards. If this is not possible, plywood sheets should be nailed, stapled or screwed to cover the existing floor allowing for at least a 10mm expansion gap. 

Getting Started:

  • Determine the desired layout of the floor and the intended direction of the floor pattern. Typically, this runs the direction following the length of the room.
  • Draw a guideline of the centre of your intended design with some chalk. This will be your centre line (seen as Y in the below diagram). Draw 2 parallel chalk lines approximately 5cm either side of this Y line. These serve as outer edge guides throughout installation. This 5cm estimate may be adjusted according to the board measurements of the floor being used.
  • Prepare a square piece of plywood with edges the same length as the board length being used.
  • Select your starting area against the nearest wall and follow the central Y line. 
  • it is recommended to open a few cartons to sort the chevron planks into left and right tongues piles before installation. Some brands such as Konig will supply boards labelled A or B or have different colour stickers to indicate that all boards contained in that box have the same tongue side as each other. 


  • Spread the adhesive out from the edges of the starter board over a reasonable area using a trowel.
  • Begin installation as in the diagram below using the square starter board and guidelines previously established.
  • Set the first left-tongue plank to the left-hand side of the starter board with the grooved edge (blue) snug against the starter board and the tongue side (green) facing out. Ensure that the upper butt ends align with the guidelines as shown.
  • Set the right-tongue plank to the right-hand side of the starter board with the grooved edge (blue) snug against the starter board and the tongue side (green) facing out.
  • Make sure the upper end butt of the right-tongue plank is engaged with that of the left-tongue plank and the tongue end of the right-tongue plank lines up with the tongue side of the left-tongue plank. Press the right-tongue board down with the subfloor.
  • Avoid pushing the board into place across the subfloor as this may unevenly redistribute the adhesive. Instead, hold the new board above the subfloor at an angle and engage the tongue and groove joint before directly pressing the board onto the subfloor.
  • Begin the second left-tongue plank. Place the new plank with the groove side snug to the tongue side of the first left-tongue plank. Make sure the upper butt ends align with the guide lines the same as the first board. Press the board down on the subfloor.
  • Continue the second right-tongue plank. Do as before with the left-tongue plank placing the second right-tongue plank groove side to snug against the tongue side of the first right tongue plank.
  • Make sure the upper end butt is engaged as before with the left-tongue plank. Remember to angle the board into place before pressing it straight down onto the subfloor.
  • Install the first 3 boards before allowing time for the adhesive to cure before continuing further in that section.
  • Start the next row by placing a new right-tongue against the previous row