I'm looking to do the floor in out new house, we love the herringbone design but the specific planks are quite expensive.
I'm wondering if I can achieve a herringbone style by just following the pattern with regular laminate planks?
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The ratio of length to width needs to be exact to make a herringbone pattern work. The width needs to be an exact multiple of the length. You can check this by laying a row of planks next to a lengthwise plank. Then you can decide if you think it will work by cutting the length of the plank to match.
If this is a floating laminate you'll need to cut off some of the interlocking lip of each laminate plank and figure out if the planks will hold together still. You'll probably be outside of the overlap spec of the manufacturer so warranty will be void. This is very much an advanced layout and your floor needs to be dead flat to have any chance of this working well. Picking a glue down plank will likely yield better results