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Hickory Flooring

Hickory flooring has a distinctive look that may complement your home decor. Whether you go with hickory wood plank, antique hickory, or even hickory manufactured wood flooring, you are in for a treat. Hickory hardwood flooring is durable and a good fit for your well-used floors.

Nuts About Hickory Flooring

Are you just nuts about hickory? Hickory flooring is a beautiful and easy way to add warmth and character to your home.

This beautiful wood flooring is a hard wood (Janka rating of 1820), which makes it extremely durable for daily wear and tear. If you are searching for a way to make your home look more rustic, then hickory hardwood flooring is a great choice for you. The beautiful tan to reddish colors looks great in any home, but most especially in homes that have more of a country feel.

Hickory wood plank flooring is manufactured mainly in North America. This wood is not only used for flooring though. Hickory wood is used for veneers, cabinets, furniture, and even baseball bats and skis! Due to the high shock resistance value of this wood, it is excellent for items like ax handles, baseball bats, and golf clubs. It has been used for centuries for all different kinds of uses and it is even used for cooking. If you need a wood that will be extremely durable and will last through years of daily use, then hickory hardwood flooring is an excellent choice for you.

Due to the hardness of hickory wood, it is difficult to work with hand tools. It may also be difficult to sand due to the density of this wood. Hickory wood is 41% harder than red oak, which is the most commonly used wood in hardwood flooring. This makes it a wonderful choice for use in any room, but especially in rooms that see a lot of traffic like the kitchen. The kitchen is also where pots, pans, and other cooking utensils may be dropped on the floors and this flooring can withstand this use. A family room is another great place for hickory floors. If you have more than one child, you have seen the way that kids throw their toys around each other and at each other! These extremely durable floors can stand up to this kind of mistreatment and still look beautiful.

Log cabin builders especially love hickory hardwood flooring. The color of the hickory floors complement pine log walls beautifully and the rustic look of the flooring gives the cabins an old world feel that consumers love! The look of antique hickory flooring gives great character and warmth to any home, but it gives log cabins a character of their very own that you will love.

Hickory manufactured wood flooring is a great choice for any home, but if you are looking for a floor that will give your home that country feel then hickory is the wood for you. The hardness of this wood will make it able to withstand anything that you can throw or drop on it and it is easy to clean and take care of. The beautiful color variations from tan to red make it a unique and beautiful choice for any home.

If you are nuts about the color and durability of hickory wood, then why not try hickory flooring?


we need approximately 650 sq ft of hickory flooring. We also see many different variations of color and knots. I am looking for a company that sells pre finished flooring for approximately 3.50 - 4.00 per ft. Any ideas? thx

Jim Schad at May 11, 2008 6:03 PM

Hi Jim,
Not knowing where you are located, the best suggestion I have is to visit retailers in your area, keep notes on how much per sq. ft. hickory flooring you find that you like is priced. Remember too that many companies have internet sites, sometimes they also have a function where you can sign up to recieve newsletters, etc. Sometimes there will be 'internet only' specials with coupon codes you can use online or coupons you can print to take to the store.

Don't overlook searching the internet as well (thru Google and other search engines).

The Flooring Lady at May 12, 2008 9:54 AM

I bought Anderson 3/4" solid hickory flooring in a 4" width, it is gorgeous! It has been stacked in my living room (and boxes also spread out single layer) for over two months. My installer says the flooring is defective because the planks are not all exactly 4" wide and there will be gaps. I think they are off by 1/16" too wide or too narrow. He says this will cause a laddering type of effect of gaps across the floor. Should this flooring be returned and reordered? Or is a special technique of installation needed? Don't know where to turn for advice on this. Thank you.

Barb at June 10, 2008 2:11 PM

Hi Barb!

I agree with the installer in thinking that the batch is defective. Here's a couple things that I can think of off the top of my head.......

* return that batch and hope the next one is consistant, and start the acclimating process all over :~/
* line up the boards and lay them together in
a line; each row may differ in width, but that could be ok. AND, your installer can save the odd-sized leftovers for the outside edges where
he can rip them to fit the space.

So......yes, this lot of board is defective, but what does your installer think he should/could do? Are all of the boards the same amount off?? If so, then what's the problem with laying them as they are? The only thing I can think of is if the tongue is too long for the groove then there will be gaps - IF it's tongue & groove flooring, which I'm guessing it is! In that case, then yes, it should all go back and whatever company (including the manufacturer here too) you bought the flooring from should be bending over backwards to make it right.......... and then some.

*sigh* I hope how I'm writing this makes sense to you, if not -- holler at me and I'll try to rephrase it so that what I'm saying comes across correctly ....... ;o)

The Flooring Lady at June 10, 2008 4:51 PM

The board widths are different, some are 4" some 3 15/16" some 4 1/16". I guess my thinking was that the boards would always be a different width slightly because of humidity affecting each board differently. But then also how would you install it if they are different without large gaps adding up across floor.

Barb at June 10, 2008 5:58 PM, that's not going to work. Sounds like maybe some were left out in the cold or something before they ever got to your house. It's hard to tell what they were exposed to before they got to you. I don't know if your installer purchased them or if you did, but they need to be returned. Make sure the new ones are the same width.

The Flooring Lady at June 10, 2008 10:13 PM

Hi, I have hickory 3/4 inch by 4 in wide and would like to know the best way to clean it. It is sealed only, no wax coating. It is OK to use something like the Hoover wood and tile cleaner?

Marie at June 15, 2008 10:27 PM

Hi Marie,
I'm not sure because I don't know what kind of ingredients are in Hoover's Wood & Tile cleaner. There should be a phone number on the bottle - it would be best to hear what they say just to make sure.

The Flooring Lady at June 15, 2008 10:42 PM

Hi, I have just purchased 675 sq.Ft. of unfinished hickory flooring. I am having a hard time trying to decide what color of stain or finish to use. I have an 1880 Log Home. The logs are square. The flooring will be installed in the living room, dinning room & office. Can you please help me. I want it to look warm & rustic.

Thanks. Bonnie from Canada

Bonnie at June 17, 2008 10:04 AM

Hi Bonnie!

Colors to use to create a warm finish are any with golden, orange or reddish tones. Since I can't see the color of the logs it's rather difficult for me to help much. :~( What I would do is go shopping! ;~) Seriously, pick out a few stains that you think you like, buy the smallest container of each (some brands even have samples!) and apply it to a piece of the hickory - the company you brought it from may even have a sample of your hickory flooring that you can buy to do this so that you don't have to waste a piece of your own. Just make sure that you use the same procedure that you're going to use on your floor to see the final result. It sounds like a bit of work I know, but it's better to try it out now than experiment on your floor after you get it down.

Good luck - it sounds like it's going to be a beautiful addition to your home!

The Flooring Lady at June 17, 2008 11:17 AM

Thank you for the advice. I have tried a small amount of each Puritain Pine and Early American stains. I am leaning more towards a lighter more natural shades, in order to keep the beautiful charachter of the wood. I'm not sure it will be as warm looking as I want if I stay light or natural. I want to make the right choice. I wish I could see a few pictures of different floors so I could get an idea. Most pictures I see, they don't tell you what color stain they used. DARN !!

Bonnie at June 17, 2008 12:34 PM

Bonnie, now that I know natural is an option you'll consider I'll voice my opinion: seal the hickory without oiling it at all. It's a beautiful wood just as it is! Hickory has a great variety of colors that will look great in your natural setting.

The Flooring Lady at June 17, 2008 7:48 PM

Hi! I am building my first home and am going to have natural colored hickory floors throughout most of the house, including the kitchen. I am torn about what type of wood cabinets to have in the kitchen to compliment the hickory floors. Right now I am thinking either rustic alder or maple- both with a natural color. Any suggestions? I sure could use the help. Thank you!

Elizabeth at June 19, 2008 1:35 PM

Hi Elizabeth,

I think you've hit it right on the head, either of those sound like they would work wonderfully! Good eye!

The Flooring Lady at June 20, 2008 1:25 AM


We are in the process of building a home and fell in love with hickory flooring. We are putting it in the kitchen, breakfast nook, and foyer. We also have decided to just seal it and leave it natural. So gorgeous. My next dilema is what to do with the basebboards and trim. They are also hickory, but, in your experience, do you think it would be too much if we left it natural also? I always envisioned it darker, but it's simply not as beautiful when it's stained.

Thanks for your help!

Jane at July 26, 2008 8:27 PM

I love hickory floors, but my kitchen cabinets are maple stained with cherry. What color floor would you chooose? I would like to keep it light since I don't have a lot of natural light. Would hickory look ok?

Anonymous at October 24, 2008 6:12 PM

Hickory would work and you could always stain it so that the overall tone coordinates with your cherry-stained cabinets better.

The Flooring Lady at October 25, 2008 9:08 PM

We are putting in 1100sq. ft. of Hickory flooring. We want to stain it a dark Walnut color. What stain would you suggest?

Randy at October 26, 2008 1:04 PM

Hi Randy,

All I can tell you is that it sounds good, but I haven't a clue to what more you want. You haven't provided any other information.

The Flooring Lady at October 29, 2008 5:19 PM

A tip on what stain to use is what I need. Am not having good luck with the readily available oil based stains.

Randy at October 30, 2008 5:22 AM

Hi Randy,
What's happening with the oil based stain? Is it not penetrating well or is there another sort of problem? What kind(s) have you tried? Has the floor been sealed first? That will keep stains from penetrating.

The Flooring Lady at October 30, 2008 9:24 AM

Wood was not sealed. Minwax was used. Wood prepped correctly. Dark Walnut stain produced a yellow color. I tried an alcohol based stain, and it worked beautifully. But the cost of this product for over 1k sq. ft. makes it unfeasable.

Anonymous at October 31, 2008 5:07 AM

I'm at a loss Randy. You can mix stains too in order to try to get something you like. I'm hoping you have extra flooring so that you can experiment with stains. You might consider soy-based stains too as they also react differently - you just might have some luck. Sorry, but it's a crap shoot, you just have to experiement.

The Flooring Lady at October 31, 2008 11:17 PM

Been reading about and looking at Hickory for our cabin floors in northern Michigan.

will have about 1000 sq ft for 2 bedrooms. Was reading comments above, and am trying to figure out what kind of issues Randy has had, and how this will affect my choice of stain.

What is the right way to finish the floor...what is the 1st step, next, and so on, that you recommend. Thanks!

Jeff at January 1, 2009 10:39 AM

It really depends on how you want to do it, what kind of products you want to use. There are various procedures that can be followed but it depends on the products. You might want to go to websites such as Home Depot, Lowe's, MinWax, etc. - they all have tutorials and they're all going to differ some because of the products being used.

The Flooring Lady at January 4, 2009 1:45 PM

So I am building a new home this spring and trying to figure out what to do about the flooring, cabinets and trim. It is a rustic home with exposed beams in the great room and an open kitchen. We love the color variations of handsraped hickory with all the natural colors. We are thinking of going with Alder cabinets in a darker stain. see the link

Also on the ceiling will be tongue and groove alder or pine with exposed boxed beams over it, we haven't decided on how to stain any of these.

Please help.

Matt at February 26, 2009 11:55 AM

The cabinets are a lovely choice. What exactly do you need help with? I'd keep the t&g ceiling a lighter color so your kitchen doesn't wind up being too dark.

The Flooring Lady at February 27, 2009 10:45 AM

Good morning,
I have wood floors that are about 50 years old. I've been told that they are hickory or hickory and pecan. We would like to add more into our kitchen and dinning room. Do you think we can match them close enough? The stamp on the back is Louisiana Brand?

Pat Cook at May 15, 2009 9:35 AM

Hi Pat,
It's probably going to be difficult to match old wood with new simply because old wood will probably have developed a patina. The easiest way to do this is to strip the old wood (including sanding), which is a bummer because it removes the character that's developed over the years, but there's no help for it. You won't be able to search for matching wood properly until you see what the wood looks like once it's been stripped and sanded. :o( So, yes, it's possible to do, but quite a job. After so many years I don't know if this company would still be in business. Must have been good flooring if they stamped the wood like that - means that they took pride in their product. Good luck!

The Flooring Lady at May 17, 2009 1:39 PM

Hello My name is david I have a problem i have some shoe prints on a hickory satin finish hardwood floor the shoe prints come from apocxy grout it not coming of wbat should i do help me please i dont want to damage the floor

david Magana at May 26, 2009 9:36 PM

I bought an 8 year old house that had hickory floors throughout. I received 3 bids to get the floors refinished, telling everyone I wanted an ebony finish. All said it was doable but hickory was hard to work with. NOW I have horrible blochy floors - HELP. At this point I don't care what color they are just so you see the beautiful wood that is under there. I'm meeting the contractor again this morning, I have no idea how they applied the stain, if they used a conditioner, etc... any advice?

Katie at July 20, 2009 5:47 AM

Hi Katie, I'm glad to hear that the contractor is coming out to assess the floors. It sounds like they need to redo it.

The Flooring Lady at July 20, 2009 10:40 AM

Hello, We are building a new home with an Old World Tuscany design. We have a lot of traffic and my husband loves hickory for its hardness and beautiful blends of color. I have yet to see photos of hickory stained any darker colors which I had in my mind for the interior design and future furniture coordination. How do I keep it from looking too country and add some rich color to it.

Janice at August 11, 2009 6:59 AM


There are other hard woods that are darker and will darken over time. Wenge and Brazilian Walnut to mention a few. Both rate high on the Janka scale and very hard wood. You can find more information on Brazilian Walnut HEREon our site.

The Flooring Lady at August 11, 2009 4:33 PM

I am trying to decide between a distressed oak floor and a smooth hickory floor. Both floors are a dark brown. I have a small dog, and want to get the floor that will be the most durable. I hear that distressed floors are more durable, but I really prefer the look of the smooth. If I get a smooth hickory, will that be durable enough to withstand scratches from my dog's nails?

Kara at August 26, 2009 6:29 PM


Both of those floors sound fabulous.
With your dog being a concern for you I would lean toward the Hickory. Oak flooring when it is exposed to heavy traffic tends to scratch and dent and any excessive moisture can damage the Oak floor.

I have an article here on our site Oak Flooring that will give you more information on Oak flooring and the pros and cons associated with using it in your home.

The Flooring Lady at August 27, 2009 11:17 AM

On the other hand, Kara, consider an alternative opinion. Your dog is going to distress any flooring you choose to install. Either go with a flooring that's already distressed so you won't see the claw marks, or start with something new and let the dog do the distressing.

There really isn't a right or wrong answer here, just opinions on what you're going to like. Based on the reading I've done on TheFlooringLady site, she doesn't like distressed wood so would make a very different choice than you will.

Sam Norring at August 27, 2009 7:10 PM

Hi, we are going to take up carpet and replace it with wood flooring in the bedroom, great room, and dining area.Our home already has a rustic feel with wood walls in the great room. Would Hickory be a good choice?

My husband is ill and cannot leave the home when this is being done; although, we can move him to another part of the house. Would you suggest pretreated wood, or are there ways to keep dust and toxins down. We would also be using a lift and wheel chair in the bedroom. The wheel chair would also be used in higher traffic areas.

Thank you.

Karen at October 20, 2009 8:34 AM


Pretreated wood would take less work after installing, and may be a good choice since it would be difficult to be moving room to room. I would be sure to ask the supplier about whether or not the high traffic areas will need additional protection for the wheel chair, but hickory is extremely durable and should work well. Also using a rug under the lift, if possible, may be a good idea to prevent damage to the wood.

The Flooring Lady at October 22, 2009 9:18 AM

I have a beautiful hickory floor in my kitchen and family room. Where it has dented and even between the planks (especially the short ends) I am getting black--black in the dents and black between the planks. Its not dirt but moisture does seem to make it worse as the worst areas are around the sink and diswasher. To me it looks like wherever the finish has been damaged or is not totally sealed the planks, the wood is turning black. Anything I can do to repair and prevent it from doing this further?

Donna at November 13, 2009 3:52 PM


If the wood is ruined with water damage it should be replaced.

If it is not ruined, you may be able to sand or screen and refinish the floor. You would want to be sure that areas prone to moisture are well sealed, and to be sure that whatever is causing the water damage is fixed.

The Flooring Lady at November 20, 2009 9:30 AM

It sounds like your flooring has discolored from minor water exposure where the finish has worn. If there is not extensive water damage you can bleach the wood with oxalic acid. You can buy it in liquid form, normally labeled as wood bleach or you can sometimes find the oxalic crystals and mix it yourself, this is usually much less expensive. The wood will lighten and you will likely have to bleach it several times by keeping it damp with the solution. Hopefully your flooring is a ntural color and not stained. You will want to reseal the flooring well with the proper preparation.

Lucy in Alaska

Lucy at November 20, 2009 3:35 PM

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