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Interior Finishing

Starter Board Size for Hardwood or Laminate Flooring

To prevent ending up with a final space to large for one board, resulting in a very narrow strip for your final board, you may have to adjust the width of your starter board by ripping it to a different width.

This calculator will give you the width of your starting board and the last board of your hardwood flooring.

Hardwood or Laminate Flooring Hardwood or Laminate Flooring

Starter Board

Length Perpendicular to Flooring ft in n
Exposed Face of Flooring in n
Distance of Wall for Expansion n


Leftover Space in
First Board Width in

The Calculation

  1. enter the length of the area
  2. enter the exposed face measurement of your floor board
  3. enter the measurement your are leaving for expansion


  1. the space that is left, based on full boards having been installed
  2. the size of one edge board ( result 1 divided in half)

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