If you have tongue and groove flooring then it is likely that you will need WPVA glue for the joints. And, if you are fixing your floor down, do you need glue or nails?
You may also want to consider the shape and size of the room. If you have a smaller room, installing wood flooring along the length can make the room look bigger. One rule that you must follow, if you are nailing the floor to existing floorboards, is to fit the flooring perpendicular to the floorboards. This will help to give strength to the flooring and keep everything stable.
Hardwood planks can be purchased with a raw face that gets finished by a professional after installation, or prefinished, which arrives with the stain and topcoat already applied. The advantage of prefinished wood is that you know exactly what you`re getting.
If you need an excuse to shop, the one must-have decor item with hardwood flooring is a rug. It will perform double duty as a decorating piece and floor protector.
Another thing to think about when installing wood flooring is `how busy is the area?` Some species of wood are more hardwearing than others.
The direction you choose to lay your wooden flooring is entirely up to you. It might be worth thinking about how you want the room to look though. Most people lay their floor lengthways according to the path of light coming from a window or door. This helps to highlight the natural beauty of you flooring as the light falls on the grain pattern.