bozeman hardwood flooringMany Bozeman homeowners love the look and feel of hardwood, as well as the value it adds to their homes. Depending on the wood and stain, your floors can be light or dark, traditional or modern, rustic or chic. With hardwood, the options are limitless. Plus, when properly maintained, hardwood floors can last a lifetime.

At Floor Coverings International Bozeman, we stay on top of the latest flooring trends. Increasingly, our customers are choosing random width hardwood flooring. Let’s learn a little bit more about this trendy hardwood style and why it’s a great fit for Bozeman homes.

What is Random Width?

“Random width hardwood” is just what it sounds like: hardwood flooring where the planks are not uniform widths. Boards are manufactured in sizes between two and twelve inches, but they are generally larger than three.

Territory of Montana

Despite its recent resurgence, random width flooring has a long history. Prior to the mass manufacturing of hardwood, flooring was made from locally sourced timber. It was only at the turn of the century when two-and-one-quarter and three inch wide planks became standard.

When the western United States were still being settled by Europeans, before Montana had even achieved statehood, settlers like John Bozeman likely built their homes from Ponderosa pine and Douglas fir. These planks were unfinished and cut at variable widths.

Today, many Bozeman residents choose random width hardwood flooring to give their homes a rustic, authentic feel, with a nod to our frontier past.

Random vs. Variable

Random width planks are not truly random. Rather, flooring manufacturers offer boards in a set number of sizes. The EPIC Plus series by Shaw, for example, comes in three, five, and six and three-eighths inch boards. Random width flooring is less random as it is variable, which is why it is often called variable width flooring.

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