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How to calculate the amount of flooring you need?

Deciding Which Floor Is Right For You Is A Good First Step. Eventually, You’ll Have To Make A Decision On How Much Of The Beautiful New Floor To Purchase. When This Topic Comes Up, You May Find That The Answer You Come Up With Is The Same As Most People Who Are In The Same Position: “I Have No Idea.” Don’t Worry. It Is Simple To Figure Out. If You Are Working With A Retailer, Many Times They Will Be Able To Send Someone Out To Your Home To Measure The Floor Space For You. If You’re A Do-It-Yourselfer (Or Just Like To Know How They Come Up With The Number), This Page Will Walk You Through The Simple Process Of Finding The Square Footage Of Your Floor Space.

  • Getting Started

  • Where is the flooring going?

  • Time to measure up

  • All that's left

If you’ve never done anything like this before, it’s okay. Like most things, it seems more complicated than it really is.

To begin, first collect the following:

  • Tape Measure
  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • A Calculator (the one on your smartphone will do just fine)
Pro Tip

Draw out the basic floor plan of your space from the top down. It doesn’t have to be perfect; just get the general idea.

When you look at the floor plan that you have drawn, it may look overwhelming with all of the doors and angles and different rooms.

Don’t worry if your floor has curves or odd angles that stretch outside of a basic rectangle shape. (It’s better to have a little extra than not enough)

Pro Tip

Don’t forget about your closets. They count as part of the room they’re in.

Now that you’ve identified the areas that you’ll need to measure, all that’s left is to grab the measuring tape.

  • Measure each direction (the length and width) of the rectangles you’ve made.
  • Measure in inches.
Pro Tip

Keep your measurements in their simplest form. If the measuring tape reads 128 inches, just put down 128.

Now that you’ve got all of your measurements written down, all that’s left is to put them all together.

  • Now that you’ve got all of your measurements written down, all that’s left is to put them all together.
  • To calculate Area (square footage, in this case) you just need to multiply length by width.
  • Area = Length x Width
  • Keep track of the area of each room (rectangle).
  • At this point you’ll need to calculate the overage, which is just a fancy way of saying how to factor in for pieces that might be damaged before (or during) the installation process.
  • Take your total area (the area of each room added together) and multiply that by 0.5
  • The total amount of flooring needed = Total Area + Overage
  • Finally, don’t forget that so far, everything has been measured in inches. However, flooring is sold in square feet.
  • Divide your final number by 144, and that will give you the amount in square feet.
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