How to Measure for Carpet in 4
Fletcher - Carpet Expert & Consumer Advocate
Expert reveals simple way to measure your home for carpet. Save time and money!
protect yourself from being overcharged for materials or labor, lets find
out approximately how much carpet you need to buy. But 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
how 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 overcharged. More
about Carpet Measuring Scams
a 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 carpet.
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 this:
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
5% 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 = 91.55 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 Visit my Room
Yardage Chart - a helpful tool for helping you calculate how much carpet
you need to buy.
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.
usually comes 12 feet wide
widths that may be available are 13.5 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.
will be some material waste if your room is less than 12
must have seams if your room is wider than 12 feet.
carpet in connecting rooms must run in the same direction.
my downloadable ebook
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. Use a decimal when needed.
example: 10 feet 6 inches would be figured as 10.5 feet (12" in one
inches = .25
inches = .5
inches = .75