How to Measure Floor Space at Home

Jun 22

If you are thinking of installing flooring yourself, be it hardwood, laminate or carpets, the first step is to accurately measure your floor space. Measuring your floor does not have be complicated provided you know what to measure. Use our guide to familiarize yourself with popular type of rooms and how they should be measured.

Common Room: To calculate how much square feet is needed, find the two widest parts of the room and measure from wall to wall. Multiple the width by the length (For example, 3m x 5m = square feet) and add an additional 5% to allow for waste.

L Shape Room: To calculate how much square feet is needed, split the room into 2, so you will essentially have 2 imaginary rooms. Find the two widest parts of each room and measure from wall to wall. Multiple the width by the length for each room (For example, [3m x 5m] + [2m x 2m] = square feet) and add an additional 5% to allow for waste.

Multi-Room: To calculate how much square feet is needed, find the two widest parts of each room and measure from wall to wall. Multiple the width by the length for each room (For example, [3m x 10m] + [2m x 2m] + [2m x 2m] = square feet) and add an additional 5% to allow for waste. You might come across retailers selling flooring in units of m2. This is in fact anther description for square feet which you now know how much is needed.

Bonus tip: It is very likely that you will produce some waste during the flooring installation, more so if the installation is done as a do-it-yourself project rather than hiring a local builder or flooring expert. Therefore, you should always add 5% to 8% on top of your measurement to allow for this, otherwise you might end up with an incomplete floor.