How to Lay Hardwood Floor with a Contrasting Border | Family ...Laying a hardwood floor with a border is surprisingly straightforward and intuitive. ... We chose maple for our floor. Maple is hugely popular these days, so prices have gone through the roof. The select grade (nearly perfect, knot-free wood) maple in this floor cost about twice as much as red oak. We made our border from two 3/4-in. wide strips of Brazilian cherry separated by a strip of .... Stretch mason lines about 1 in. above the underlayment to mark the outside edge of the first border.