How to lay parquet flooring: Our DIY step-by-step guide to laying a herringbone floor

Hands pictured laying a parquet floor
(Image credit: Pete Wise)

Are you ready for a mega-project? Figuring out how to lay parquet flooring – in a herringbone pattern no less) – is one of the most challenging DIY tasks you can tackle (at least in this writer’s experience). But ultimately, it can also be one of the most rewarding. 

Parquet flooring is a floor made up of hardwood pieces (which we’ll call ‘woodblocks’) arranged in a decorative pattern. It's one of the most popular types of wood flooring due to its elegant and intricate appearance. However, it's also one of the most difficult types of flooring to lay on a DIY basis. 

Pete Wise

Pete Wise is a freelance writer and keen DIYer from Leeds. Pete's tool reviews have featured in titles including Homebuilding & Renovating, Ideal Home and The Independent. He also writes features and news articles for publications such as The Guardian, BBC Good Food and T3. When he isn't busy writing, Pete can often be found at libraries, pubs and live music venues. He finds tile-cutting strangely zen. 

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