How To Measure Flooring

Written by: Erica Spangler

Measure the amount of flooring you need, with extra included, using our useful tricks.


Tape measure, paper, pen, calculator

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Step by Step Instructions

Step 1:

Measure the width and depth of your rooms.

  • List the rooms you will be adding new flooring
  • Measure the farthest wall distance; round up to the nearest foot
  • Measure the wall distance of the other two walls; round up to the nearest foot
  • Multiply the two numbers; this will be the rough estimate
  • Example: Width 20 ft; Depth 10 ft; 20 x 10 = 200 sq ft

Step 2:

Subtract the floor space of un-movable objects -- i.e. Kitchen Islands

  • Find the square footage of the object (width x depth)
  • Take the total area and subtract the items square footage
  • Example: Total 200 sq ft - Island is 20 sq ft = 180 sq ft

Step 3:

Add the total areas of the rooms you measured

  • Example: Room 1 180 sq ft + Room 2 110 sq ft + Room 3 110 sq ft = 400 sq ft

Step 4:

Factor in 10 percent waste

  • This will ensure you have enough especially because cuts are specific to space
  • Example: 400 sq ft x .10 = 40 + 400 = 440 sq ft needed

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