Panel Wood Flooring

One of the most memorable features of the palace of Versailles are the parquet floors in the famous Hall of Mirrors, made up of squares of parquetry with the now distinctive diamond pattern down the length of the room. It is a timeless design achieved through the use of parquetry panels.

These days we may not have the same space to play with, but the same effect can be achieved by using wood floor panels. These are usually 980 x 980mm, all constructed from engineered blocks on a birch ply base.

At Ted Todd we’ve also invested a lot of time ensuring that our high quality wood panels are designed and made so that the patterns match up seamlessly once laid. In fact, our wood panelling, which includes chequerboard and fingerblock designs as well as parquet de Versailles, parquet de Chevney and Parquet de Chantilly,  has been used in museums and historical houses in the UK and around the world, often alongside centuries-old originals.

While wood panel flooring is still relatively time intensive to make, the end result is more durable, easier to fit, and the designs are consistent. It’s worth remembering that some panels have over 150 elements to them, each of which can be handled up to 20 times during production. That’s over 12,000 actions in total just for one panel. You can see all our wood floor panels here.


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All Ted Todd panels are engineered for greater stability and durability. This is achieved by layering and bonding layers of solid wood together. In engineered flooring, the grain of each piece runs in a different direction to its adjacent layer. This enhances the plank’s strength and resilience and reduces the wood’s natural tendency to expand and contract – which means it’s perfect with underfloor heating or in areas like cellar, basements or conservatories where moisture and temperature levels may vary.

The top layer of an engineered board is known as the wear layer. This means that floors can be sanded and resealed provided the wear layer is sufficiently thick. The thicker the wear layer, the more often the floor can be resanded. All Ted Todd and Woodworks by Ted Todd engineered hardwood flooring panels use a 4mm-6mm hardwood layer on top of birch ply, oak layers or a block board core, meaning that they can be resanded as needed.

What Are The Benefits of Wood Panel Flooring?

The most obvious attraction of wood panel flooring is the fact that it’s an easy way to deliver pattern and texture to a space. These are designs that can be tailored to modern or classic schemes, are easy to fit (this is especially true for chequerboard and fingerblock which require a large number of small blocks to make up the pattern) and are all timeless floor designs that will never date.

Herringbone and chevron wood floors are fitted as individual blocks whereas panels are supplied fully finished and ready to fit. All Ted Todd panels are tongue and grooved for easy installation.

It’s important to never confuse wood floor panels with laminate flooring or luxury vinyl tiles (LVT). Whereas all three can be used for patterns that would otherwise be too complicated to fit individually, unlike laminate and LVT, hardwood panels are 100% wood with solid eco-credentials. Ted Todd use new wood and are always sustainably sourced with most floors having FSC or PEFC certification. The ultimate in sustainable flooring has to be the reclaimed and antique wood floor panels from Woodworks by Ted Todd using reclaimed and antique wood, some of it many hundreds of years old.

How Do You Install Wood Floor Panels?

Even though most of the hard work has already been done before the panels arrive on-site, there are still important considerations to ensure that the wood floor panels are fitted correctly. For that reason, we would always recommend that the floors are installed by wood flooring professional fitters.

They will be able to make sure all the necessary jobs are finished before the panels can be fitted, including all decorating and joinery, and that the sub-floor is flat and dry. They will also make sure that the correct underlay and installation method is used. You can find more details about installing wood panels here.

Where Can You Install Wood Panel Flooring?

Wood panels can be installed anywhere and with so much choice around designs, species, tones and finishes there is a panel to suit every project.

While there are many historical associations with this type of hardwood flooring, by varying the colour and construction there are wood flooring panels for both modern and classic schemes. Choose between smooth and textured wood, micro bevelled versus square shoulder edges or bleached beach tones as opposed to rich, dark colours. Add these to the choice of designs and you are presented with an array of choices that can add an extra dimension to any space.

Remember that wood panels don’t have to just be used on floors. These decorative panels can also be used on interior walls and ceilings. Wall panels deliver impact, warmth, pattern and texture to vertical spaces and can be seamless if using chequerboard or continuous Versailles panels. A great example are Woodworks by Ted Todd’s Carbonised panels, which has made using the traditional Japanese Shou Sugi Ban technique. This involves charring reclaimed Swiss Pine and antique Elm panels to produce deep, silvery tones that highlight the patterns within and across the panels. You can see all our Carbonised panels here.

Choosing wood panels

Due to the size of wood panels it is important to make sure you see a full panels to get an idea of what the floor will look like in-situ. The best way to do this is to visit one of the Ted Todd Design Centres, either in London and Warrington, where you will be able to see the full collection of panels in all the designs across both the Ted Todd and Woodworks Collections. If you book an appointment, we’ll make sure that all the panels you’re interested are ready to view when you come in. You can book an appointment here.

For commercial projects, talk to one of the Studio Ted Team about the panels you’re interested in. They can arrange samples and appointments to view the floors you’re interested in specifying. To talk to one of the team or book and appointment, click here.

If you’re looking to use panels in your home project, please check that the retail partner nearest you has samples of the panels you’re interested in before you visit. You can find your nearest partner here.

Quarter and full panels are available for purchase for presentations with the cost redeemable against any future purchases. These panels are all handmade to order so take around 2-4 weeks to deliver from order. You can see all our wood floor panels in one place here.