How do you install solid wood flooring with screws?

Whether you use clips, screws or glue, FEEL WOOD solid wood floors offer a variety of installation options. In this blog article, we would like to focus in particular on the use of screws and give you some valuable tips. We will show you exactly how to screw the solid wood planks together for the best result. Whether you have experience or this is your first project, we will guide you through the process step by step.

Especially when renovating old buildings, screwing solid wood floorboards to a wooden substructure is an excellent option. This method is also ideal for situations where changes need to be made to the height of the installation or to the distance between the fill materials. They are screwed to a substructure to provide a stable base for the solid wood planks. This ensures years of durability and stability of the floor.

It is important that both the quality of the screws and the dimensions of the supporting beams are carefully selected for this type of installation. This ensures that the load is evenly distributed and minimises any movement caused by climatic conditions.

Another major advantage of this method is its flexibility. It is easy to add extra layers of insulation, or to level out any unevenness in the old building by screwing it on. This not only creates a warm and cosy floor, but also promotes energy efficiency – especially in older buildings where good insulation values are often difficult to achieve.

Laying solid wood floors: a practical step-by-step guide with video on how to install FEEL WOOD solid wood flooring with screws.

It is important to note that the planks should be acclimatised for at least 48 hours in the unopened packaging before installation. Lay the packs of planks horizontally and flat on the floor, keeping a minimum distance of 50 cm from the walls so that the heat can reach all the planks in the pack. This allows the wood to adapt to the climatic conditions of the room.

Checklist for laying wooden flooring with screws


1.1 Tool checklist

1.2 Surface preparation

  • The surface must be firm, flat and dry
  • Uneven areas must be levelled out
  • If there is a risk of rising damp, install a damp barrier (e.g. 200 micron PE film) and raise a section of the walls.

2. Subconstruction

2.1 Choice of material for the substructure

  • Use only dried wood (preferably 5 x 8 cm).
  • Lay the wood flooring floating on footfall sound insulating strips (e.g. cork fibre)

2.2 Spacing of timber

  • The correct spacing of the joists depends on the type and thickness of the floor, but should not exceed 40 cm.
  • Do not lay the joists end to end, but lay them side by side with an overlap of 20 cm.

2.3 Cavity filling between the support timbers

  • Fill with filler or commercially available insulation (e.g. cellulose) into the cavity between the supporting timbers.

3. Screwing

3.1 Aligning the first row

  • Adjust the distance to the first row of boards by at least 15 mm and secure with wedges, which will be removed after installation.
  • Screw the first board to the sub-structure from the top.

3.2 Inspection and rework

  • After laying the first and second row of boards, check the alignment and adjust if necessary.

3.3 Screwing the following planks together

  • Screw the following boards together, concealed by the tongue, using special board screws
  • Pre-drilling is recommended

3.4 How to secure the boards

  • Knock the boards together with a tapping block and secure by pressing them together.
  • Like the first row, the last row of boards is screwed together from above.
  • Check alignment regularly during installation

Practice tip

In order to get the most out of your FEEL WOOD floor, maintenance immediately after installation is particularly important. Floorboards are usually delivered with a finished surface. However, during the construction and installation phases, soiling can occur. To show off your floor in its new home and enhance its natural beauty, we recommend that you carry out some simple maintenance immediately after installation.

There are lots more tips and tricks for the installation and maintenance of your FEEL WOOD wooden floor in our blog.