Transitioning from Timber to Other Surfaces

July 23, 2019

Transitions are often not considered until the laying stage of the project, however its the small details like these that have a great impact on the overall design so we recommend planning them right from the start. Get these details right and you'll end up with an expensive looking floor!

Before you start

Flooring surfaces usually look best when they meet at the same height, as opposed to having a small height variance. Different flooring finishes (e.g. carpet vs wood) come in different heights so to achieve a flush height between surfaces you will need to plan this from the start with your builder and flooring installer. Timber flooring is often the thickest surface so that may determine your height, then the areas of carpet/tile etc may need to be built up so that they meet flush with the timber flooring once installed.

Timber to Carpet transitions

  • IMAGE 1-4: Straight edge transitions are the most common and look great in any application. Your timber flooring meets flush with the adjoining floor surface providing a smooth transition with a straight edge between surfaces - It's classy, timeless and understated! We recommend installing metal trim detail along the edge as this helps protect the edge of the timber, whilst adding some wow factor! Find out more.
  • Curved transitions are not very common but can be achieved. The timber flooring meets flush with the adjoining floor surface providing a smooth transition with a curved edge between surfaces - It's definitely a look that will turn heads!
  • IMAGE 5: In doorways, a plank laid horizontally always looks smart! You can get your installer to cut the board to match the width of the doorway, or alternatively you can go narrower if you want a more understated look.

Timber to Tile transitions

  • IMAGE 6: Straight edge transitions are the most common and look great in any application. Your timber flooring meets flush with the adjoining floor surface providing a smooth transition with a straight edge between surfaces - It's classy, timeless and understated! Pair with a metal trim or timber border detail to add some wow factor!
  • IMAGE 7-8: Curved transitions are less common but can be achieved. The timber flooring meets flush with the adjoining floor surface providing a smooth transition with a curved edge between surfaces - It's definitely a look that will turn heads!
  • IMAGE 9-10: Irregular transitions are a trend that's becoming increasingly popular. Rather than cut your tiles to form a straight edge between timber flooring and tiles, you can let your tiles lead the design, using them to create an irregular outline that seemingly spills out onto the floor rather than being defined by a straight edge. They are quite fiddly to achieve and will probably end up costing you a lot more than a regular edge - which is probably why we mostly see them in commercial projects. Again, this is something you would need to work with your builder on to ensure your heights are set up correctly in order to achieve this.
  • IMAGE 11-12: In doorways, a plank laid horizontally always looks smart! You can get your installer to cut the board to match the width of the doorway, or alternatively you can go narrower if you want a more understated look.

For some great ideas on finishing details for your transitions see our other articles linked below.

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