How To Transition Between Two Different Wood Floors

Alex Mcil author
Alex Mcil

Making a transition between two different wood floors is a good thing for your home, whether you are doing it for practical or aesthetic reasons.

Of course, you want this to be a smooth transition and to have your wood floor look good at the end of this process. You’ve come to the right place to find the guarantee that that’s precisely how your flooring transition will go through.

To be specific, these are the things that you’ll find down below:

  • How to transition between different wooden floors.
  • The different type of transition pieces available
  • Tips to making your floor transition easier
  • Frequent questions on transitioning between floors

Best Ways To Transition Between Two Different Wood Floors

There are several ways to transition between two different wood floor types, but usually, this involves the use of some sort of transition strip.

The type of strip usually depends on whether you have two adjoining rooms, what floor colors you’re working with, whether you have an open floor plan, and the style or pattern of wooden floors you have.

1. Using A T-Molding

T-molding, or transition molding, is a T-shape tranisiton strip that’s meant to go between two adjoining floors.

It is usually seen between two rooms, or under the door when you go from one room to another. This strip is meant to sit on top of the threshold.

T molding or transition strip between flooring

Besides for wood flooring, this works with a variety of other materials too, like laminat flooring or tile.

This is a practical choice to go with, as T-molding is something that can be changed out whenever you need it to, and very easily at that.

2. Transition With A Seam Binder

Seam binders work a bit differently to T-molding, but the end product can look similar. A seam binder simply rests above the place where the two wood floors connect.

It too isn’t reserved only for hardwood floors, it’s a great transition piece between two floors of any kind.

seam binder to transition between floors

The type of strip is made from the same flooring material that the floor itself is made.

It is usually around five inches wide, although can be found in varying widths. It’s not rare to have different widths of seam binders throughout the same house, depending if they are matched to the width of door frames or applied in an open plan scenario where it is a different floor material type that divides the room rather than a wall.

These transition pieces are easy to install on hardwood floors as well as any other kind of wood flooring. Simply put it above the seem and screw it down.

You fasten it through the subfloor, which is easy as the binders come with drilled pilot holes.

As these transition pieces are not directly drilled through the flooring, your wooden floors will sustain no damage.

3. Installing Metal Track Transition Strip

Metal transition strips are the look many people seem to be going for in recent years. These transition strips are usually thin and straight, with the width being somewhere around 1/8 inch.

metal track transition strip

A metal transition strip is also often found as a tile buffer between different tiles, or between an accent tile and wood flooring.

All you need to do in order to have a metal transition between different wood floors is see that the two wood floors have a gap between them, and find a strip that will fit that exact gap.

Make sure that you have the correct type of construction adhesive that will work and just mount the strip in it.

4. Transition With A Threshold Piece

Threshold piece is probably the most seamless and simple transitions, either between wood floors of different kinds, wood floors that transition from one room to another, or just from a wood floor to a floor that’s not made from the same material.

Threshold piece for floor joins

The threshold is more or less a flat rectangular block, and it’s around the thickness, making it flush with the hardwood flooring itself.

It’s different than a regular hardwood flooring plank, as it doesn’t have tongues.

Also, it doesn’t have to be the same as your wood floor, it can even be a thin accent tile in between. Some of the different flooring materials that these planks are made include stone and marble.

It’s very easy to install these. All you need to do is order pieces that fit the buffer zone you need to fill in, and if needed, cut them to be as long as you need in order to fit from one wood edge to another.

Tips To Ease The Transition Between Two Different Wood Floors

Most of the ideas listed above are very easy to work with when dealing with a variety of wood floors & different patterns. However, there are some additional tips that will add to the practicality, as well as aesthetics of the transitions between your floors.

Work With Contrasting Patterns

When contrasting patterns between adjoining rooms occurs, you will actually have the best results if you make the most of it.

Besides being the same color, and whether the planks are that same shape and same direction, you should also consider whether you should embrace the contrast and go for a completely different material.

The transition between the kitchen floor and the dining room floor is great for something like this.

However, if you’re working with different wood floors and patterns, like dark wood floors on one side, and light wood on the other, definitely keep it like that, because if you have two floors that are similar, but not similar enough to be considered same, it will just give off the impression that you didn’t try hard enough to find the exact match.

Consider The Room Size

This is important to consider when thinking about the coloring you plan on working with, as some wood floors work better in a big open space, while others are better for something a little more closed off.

Generally, darker wood is better for big open floor plans, while smaller spaces tend to work better with lighter tones, like white oak.

Brazilian walnut is very popular right now, and it does look stunning, but if you’re working with limited space, it probably isn’t what you should go for.

Other Flooring Types To Consider

Finally, if nothing works with the two different hardwood flooring materials you have, it might be the time to change one of the two.

Going for a completely different flooring can be a big project, as hardwood floors can be hard to take out, but it’s absolutely doable.

Going for a nice stone or tile moment can be a great option, especially if you’re living somewhere where it gets a bit warmer, or if the room you’re dealing with is the kitchen. So don’t leave out this possibility completely!

And also, cleaning hardwood floors can be a bit challenging and time consuming, so there’s no harm in having less of them.

Frequently Asked Questions
✓ How do you transition from hardwood floors to hardwood floors?

There are many ways that you can make a great transition between two different hardwood floors.

One of the easiest ways is adding a T-molding, but you can also go with a seam binder, or even a metal track between the hardwood floors, as that industrial look is very popular right now.

You can also very easily install something like a threshold piece that will make everything look very seamless, when you have one floor type and the transition between rooms is what's bothering you.

What you will choose depends on what method seems the most attainable having your skill level in mind, as well as how do the hardwood flooring transitions look right now.

Ideally, you will have the kind of flooring you wanted at the end of this process.

✓ Can you have contrasting wood floors?

Having contrasting wood floors might seem as something you'd want to avoid, however there are some cases where it's actually a great thing to do.

Like having the wood go in opposite directions between two rooms, or having the colors be contrasting.

With something like a T-molding in between, this can look great.

And also, having contrasting wood is always a better way to go than an "almost the same but not quite" situation.