Here are the basics of measuring your are for flooring!
Figure out the square footage of each room in which you want to install laminate-wood floors. To do so, use a tape measure to determine the room’s length and width. Then multiply the length by the width to get your square footage. For instance, if the room is 12 feet wide and 12 feet long, you will need enough flooring for 144 square feet (12×12=144).
Add 10% to the square footage to accommodate cuts and waste. (If you’re choosing a tile pattern, add 20%). This is important because the cuts in the flooring need to be staggered. And you’ll want pieces left over just in case you need to mend or replace a board. So that’s 144 feet plus 10%, or 14 feet, for 158 square feet.
Checking your measurements will certainly give you a good ballpark estimate when you multiply your square-foot needs by the materials price per square foot. But little things can make a difference in the actual calculation. For instance, for installation in rooms larger than 40 feet long or 25 feet wide, a transition piece is often required.
Measuring for other types of flooring may require you to account for waste.
When you are measuring for flooring that includes the following:
∗ Luxury Vinyl Plank ∗ Luxury Vinyl Tile ∗ Laminate ∗ Solid Hardwood ∗ Engineered Hardwood
It it is recommended you add an additional 5% – 8% extra for required cuts.
When measuring for porcelain or ceramic tile that are less than 13″ X 13″ add an additional 5% – 8% extra for required cuts.
When measuring for porcelain or ceramic tile that are greater than 13″ X 13″ add an additional 8% – 10% extra for required cuts.
Do you want carpeting for your room? Is your area greater than 12 feet in width or length? Read about special measurement instructions here!