In a past life I had thought of the idea of buying solid oak plywood, cutting it into strips and using it as inexpensive solid oak flooring and I was told that I was an idiot and carpet was chosen instead (a far more expensive option when we had already exhausted our budget). As it turns out I was very right and cutting plywood into strips for a wood floor has been done and it can be gorgeous. And (just for the record) you can put whatever you want under foot, if its wood, then you have a wood floor! It does not need to come out of a box that says “flooring” on it, nope, what makes a floor a floor is the fact that you walk on it. The only reason we did not opt for the plywood-cut-into-strips-option was because we do not own a table saw to cut it ourselves and it still would have been about twice the cost of what we ended up paying. This inexpensive wood floor cost us less then $300.
You Will Need...
- Pine 1x4s and a brad nailer (plus air compresser) and two inch brad nails. From there, it was just sand it down and stain/finish the floor.
Step by Step Instructions
It was just as simple as cleaning the sub floor and then starting in the middle getting the first board in the exact center of the room.
Cutting around the smaller areas required a jig saw and patience but the entire floor came together really quickly!
I cut out side with our miter saw while Joe tacked them down.