How to Measure Carpet
in 4 Simple Steps
by Alan J
Fletcher - Carpet Expert, Consumer Advocate
protect yourself from being overcharged for materials or labor,
Lets 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".
to measure your home for carpet in four simple steps. Avoid being overcharged
for carpet, pad and installation. Free Carpet Yardage Chart. This will give you
a basic estimate so you can know how much carpet you will need to buy before you
begin shopping for carpet.
you do all four steps and measure your home for carpet, you can take your
diagrams to the carpet retailer or other carpet seller and they can
determine how much carpet you need from your diagram. This will help you
confirm how much carpet you need and prevent you from being
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. The drawing doesn't have to be
perfect but the measurements need to be 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. We will 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. (We will use the decimal .5 instead of 6"inches) This little
bit of extra carpet will help make sure you have enough. There is
only one thing worse than not having enough carpet to finish the job, and
that is being charged for more material than you actually need.
your room is 15 feet 8 inches long round it up to 16 feet or 16.0
mark the length first, then the width to make thing uniform.
(example 15 x 10.5)
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.
is how it should look after you measure.
Notice that I
have colored vinyl flooring areas yellow. The white areas have
a list of your measurements and multiply the length by the width of each
room. Then add them up for 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 the total yardage, divide the square footage by 9.
divided by 9 = 96.22 square yards.
it! If your home is larger or has a difficult floor plan it will be more
difficult to measure. If you have stairs you can access my stair yardage
chart in my ebook The Complete Carpet Buying Guide. Besides, you will need
to read my book before you buy carpet to save money and avoid the carpet
scams that are everywhere. I guarantee you will save money or I'll give
you a full refund.
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.
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.
There will be
some material waste if your rooms are less than 12 feet wide.
have seams if your rooms are wider than 12 feet.
in connecting rooms must run in the same direction.
my downloadable Carpet Buying
Guide to learn how to save the most money on
your carpet purchase.
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.
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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