How to Measure Carpet
in 4 Simple Steps
by Alan J
Fletcher - Carpet Expert, Consumer Advocate
to measure your home for carpet YOURSELF in four simple steps. Avoid being overcharged
for New Carpet, Pad and Installation.
protect yourself from being overcharged for materials or labor, You need
to find out approximately how much carpet you need to buy.
remember, having a carpet professional measure your home for you is always the
best way to go! Notice that I said "Carpet Professional", I did
not say "Carpet Salesperson".
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In-Home Carpet Measuring
for carpet can be quite difficult in some homes and very easy in other
homes depending on the layout and size. After
you do all four steps shown below and you successfully measure your home for carpet, you can take your
hand-made diagrams to any carpet retailer or carpet seller and they can
help you determine how much carpet you need from your diagram, based on
the carpet you select. (Carpets with a pattern match will require more
material to complete the job.) This will help you verify how much carpet you need and
help prevent you from being overcharged for materials and labor.
simple diagram of your home. I did this drawing on my computer using a simple
"paint" program, you have a paint program on your computer too, look
in "accessories" in your program files. You can use a ruler and a
pencil if you like, just make it as accurate and realistic as you can.
The drawing doesn't have to be
perfect but the measurements need to be fairly accurate. Just a
simple drawing with all the rooms shown is all you need. If you have a two story home, then do
two drawings, one for upper, one for lower. Your drawing should look something like this:
you need to measure each room and write down the measurements on your
diagram. Round up each measurement to the nearest 1/2 foot mark.
if your room is 15 feet 3 inches long, round it up to 15' feet 6" inches or
15.5" (Use the decimal .5 instead of 6" inches)
bit of extra carpet length will help make sure you have enough for
trimming and going through doorways and to help with seaming issues. You
want to make sure you have enough material to finish the job but not have to pay
for unnecessary waste.
your room is 15 feet 8 inches long round the measurement up to 16' feet or
write down the length of the room first, then write down the width of the
room to make all your measurements uniform.
(example 15 long x 10.5 wide)
do I know which is length and which is width?
It doesn't matter, just
choose a direction and measure each room the same way. In most cases the
living room will be significantly longer in one direction and that will dictate
which way to measure length and width of all other rooms.
is how your diagram should look after you measure. Notice the length
and width arrows.
is a typical ranch style home layout.
Notice that I
have the vinyl flooring areas shown in yellow. The white areas will have
a list of your room measurements and multiply the length by the width of each
room. Then add them up to get a total square footage. It should look like
room 27.5 x 15.0 = 412.5
16.0 x 4.5 = 72.0
1 16.0 x 9.5 = 152.0
2 16.0 x 9.5 = 152.0
788.5 square feet
10% to the total. This makes allowances for seams and other extra carpet
needed to complete the job.
get your total square yardage, divide the square footage by 9.
divided by 9 = 96.22 square yards.
it! This is a good estimate of the amount of carpet you need.
If your home is
unusually large or has a difficult or confusing floor plan, it will be more
difficult for you to measure it accurately and to strategically manage the
best use of carpet leftovers from one area for use in another area to save the
absolute most money possible.
In this case you must get some expert help. I
suggest you get several estimates and consider paying a carpet installer to
measure your home. This can be $50 to $100 but your savings could be many times
that. Some installers will absorb the fee if you hire them to do the
to hire a Carpet Installer
need to carpet your stairs check out my free Carpet
Stair Yardage Chart and several other useful carpet forms and charts.
Carpet for Stairs:
for stairs can be very tricky. Some stairs are wrapped over one or both
sides, some have to be upholstered which may require additional material,
some are pie shaped and are very difficult to measure, some have landings
that must be considered. I have included a stair yardage chart in my eBook
to help you measure a simple flight of stairs.
Facts to Remember:
comes 12' feet wide, Other
widths that may be available are 13'.6" and 15' feet. These are much less common
and may or may not be a good choice for you depending on your room sizes. Only
a professional can determine the best course of action that will be most
cost effective for you.
some material waste if your rooms are less than 12 feet wide.
have seams if your rooms are wider than 12 feet. (unless you buy a wider
carpet, not very common)
nap of all carpet
in connecting rooms must run in the same direction. The nap of every carpet
lays down in one direction and stands up in the other direction. You can't
roll the carpet out left to right in one room and roll it out right to left
in a connecting room. If the rooms are connected in any way, like a
connecting hallway, and you do not lay down the connecting carpets in the
same direction, then the carpet seams will be very noticeable.
calculate your total square footage for a room, just multiply your room
width and length together.
simple 15 x 20
room would add up to 33.33 yards.
is 15 x 20 = 300 divided by 9 = 33.33 yards.
this case, there would need to be a 3' ft. x 20' ft. seam
along one wall in this size of a room because the carpet width is only
12 feet wide, but this extra material is already figured into the total
yardage of 33.33 yards.
with this simple how-to measuring guide, you are just getting a basic estimate of your material needs, you will most likely need a few more or less
yards than you figure here, so don't be surprised if you are quoted 5 to 10%
more or less than you calculated yourself. It is always
wise to get a professional to measure your home accurately before ordering
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