The Difference Between Chevron and Herringbone Patterns


Many people tend to mistake the Chevron design for Herringbone design and there are some that don’t realise that there is a difference between the two.  They are simply not the same as they are different shape parquet battens when manufactured and completely different patterns when laid.  The simple difference between the two designs is that...


the Herringbone pattern has a broken zigzag pattern when laid whilst a continuous straight line is visible with the Chevron design where the battens are laid to mitre so it’s got a more uniform looking zigzag pattern when complete. Both look fabulous when laid and finished correctly and the dimensions of the parquet battens can be to your own requirement to suit the space.   Both the Chevron and Herringbone designs come in many species such as Oak, Wenge, Maple, Walnut, etc. and can be oiled and/or stained in a variety of colours. So as not confuse things for you we will be explaining the merits of both.



Herringbone is similar to its chevron counterpart but it is rectangular in its shape.  It is available as a 10mm solid parquet batten in any species of wood but since the ‘noughties’ is increasingly more popular in the engineered format, either pre-finished or unfinished and is suitable for the ever more popular underfloor heating situations.  There is a large selection of herringbone battens sizes and colours available to suit spaces of all shapes and sizes. The rectangular planks are installed on top of one another to create a sophisticated look and without doubt, will add value to your home. Herringbone design is particularly stunning when a dark species is used, like walnut or wenge, due to their timeless and classic look.


Chevron floors are also known as Hungarian point to point because of the points at both ends of the parquet batten are cut at an angle thereby creating the mitred edge when laid.  The chevron batten can be at different angles such as 45 60 and 80 degrees.  The different angles will result in a different appearance when laid.  The key identifier of a chevron floor is if it uses a zigzag pattern that comes to a sharp point. Another simple way is to look for a V in the plank design, the presence of which indicates that it’s a chevron pattern. For the design of Chevron to fit perfectly the floors are cut at angles to fit together correctly making it form that ‘V’ shape. These V’s will give you a guide on what to look for when it comes to separating from a herringbone. Also, the main reason why some people tend to use Chevron design is that it makes the room feel larger and creates a significant dimension to your floor.

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