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How to Measure Your Room for Flooring

Measuring your flooring is an absolute necessity if you’re costing up and purchasing flooring for yourself. However, we know that measuring a room can seem like a difficult task and you may be wondering where to start with it all!

It can actually be pretty simple. Here, we’ll show you how:

Rectangular Rooms

Good news - you have the easiest job! All you need to do is measure the length of the room, then the width, and multiply them together!

For Example:

Your room is 4 metres long and 8 metres wide.

4 x 8 = 32

So the area of flooring you’ll need is 32 metres squared!

L shaped rooms

This is a little trickier, but should still be no problem to calculate. All you need to do is split the room into two rectangular sections. Find the area of each of the rectangles, then add them together to get the full area.

For Example:

One part of your room is 4 metres long and 8 metres wide, and the other part is 5 metres by 5 metres.

4 x 8 = 32

5 x 5 = 25

32 + 25 = 57

So the area of flooring you’ll need is 57 metres squared!

Its complicated

If you’ve got a room with lots of different corners and areas, we sympathise. This is going to be a bit more of a faff, but it’s not impossible at all! You just need to break the room up into smaller rectangles and squares, work out all the individual areas and add them all together.

For Example:

The main part of your room is 3 metres long and 6 metres wide, it has an L shaped join that is 2 metres long and 3 metres wide, it also has an annex that is 1 metre long and 2 metres wide, and another extension that is 4 metres long and 3 metres wide.

3 x 6 = 18

2 x 3 = 6

1 x 2 = 2

4 x 3 = 12

18 + 6 + 2 + 12 = 38

So the area of flooring you’ll need is 38 metres squared!

Calculate the extra

Once you have your measurements, it’s usually a good idea to add an extra 5% to the area. This means that you’ll have spare flooring just in case any wastage occurs while it’s being installed. All you need to do is multiply the total area by 1.05.

If you don’t fancy calculating it all yourself, you can pop your measurements into our flooring calculator that appears on each flooring product page - we’ll even tell you how many packs you’ll need to buy!