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Carpet Measuring

Room Yardage Chart Guide

 

Measuring Carpet Yourself?

Perhaps all you care about right now is how to measure your home for carpet yourself to get an idea about how much it might cost. Maybe you want to know which carpet salesperson has the most accurate bid for your job? If you get three estimates, the amount of material they say you need to order may be different on all three. 

 

Homeowners who try to measure carpet often do it wrong because they don't understand a few key aspects about carpet measuring. My Room Yardage Chart is an easy way to get a close estimate or your material needs. All you need is a good tape measure. 

 

There are dozens of smart ways to save big money on new carpet, getting accurate measuring is just one way. I can show you many more ways to save money on new carpet that you won't find on any other website. Visit my sitemap to see all my free unbiased carpet information.

 

 

How to Measure for Carpet

 

This is the question everyone wants to know. Logically, you may be thinking that if you can determine exactly how much carpet you need to buy, then you can get a basic idea about how much you need to spend on new carpet right? 

 

Unless you are only doing one or two rooms, then you should have a professional measure your home before you go out and buy carpet. You don't want to buy too much carpet and you certainly don't want to buy too little. 

 

If you want to know how to measure for carpet yourself, you are going to need more than just a tape measure and a calculator to be successful. 

 

You need to know the how's and why's of carpet installation. I installed carpet for over 30 years, and it takes years of practice to become accurate at measuring carpet. If you measure wrong you stand to lose hundreds or more. How to Measure for Carpet in 4 Simple Steps

 

Even if you measure every room in your home perfectly, it doesn't mean that you have accurately measured you home for carpet! There are a number critical factors that must be taken into consideration when measuring for carpet: 

 

Important:

  1. The direction of the carpet nap (Nap in All connecting rooms need to lay down the same direction)

  2. Some carpets have a pattern match that must be figured in. (what is the pattern repeat?)

  3. Seams should be located in out of the way areas whenever possible.

  4. Limiting waste - You don't want to buy more carpet than you need. 

 

 

Room Yardage Chart

Instructions: 

Measure your room length and width carefully all the way into closets and through doorways. Add 3 extra inches to the length and width for trimming purposes. This will give you a close estimate of how many yards of carpet your room requires. 

 

To calculate the square footage, just multiply the yardage amount by 9. (10 square yards is the same as 90 square feet. 10 X 9 = 90)

 

 

Instructions:

 

1. Find your room WIDTH (in feet) in the RED numbers... 

2. Find your room LENGTH (in feet) in the BLUE numbers. 

3. Discover the amount of Square Yards you need in the PURPLE numbers

 

Room

Size

Width>

 Carpet 

 12-feet 

Wide

13ft

14ft

15ft

16ft

17ft

18ft

19ft

20ft

Length

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8ft

 

10.66

11.55

12.44

13.33

14.22

15.11

16yd

16.88

17.77

9ft

 

12 yd

13yd

14yd

15yd

16yd

17yd

18yd

19yd

20yd

10ft

 

13.33

14.44

15.55

16.66

17.77

18.88

20yd

21.11

22.22

11ft

 

14.66

15.88

17.11

18.33

19.55

20.77

22yd

23.22

24.44

12ft

 

16yd

17.33

18.66

20yd

21.33

22.66

24yd

25.33

26.66

13ft

 

17.33

18.77

20.22

21.66

23.11

24.55

26yd

27.44

28.88

14ft

 

18.66

20.22

21.77

23.33

24.88

26.44

28yd

29.55

31.11

15ft

 

20yd

21.66

23.33

25yd

26.66

28.33

30yd

31.66

33.33

16ft

 

21.33

23.11

24.88

26.66

28.44

30.22

32yd

33.77

35.55

17ft

 

22.66

24.55

26.44

28.33

30.22

32.11

34yd

35.88

37.77

18ft

 

24yd

26yd

28yd

30yd

32yd

34yd

36yd

38yd

40yd

19ft

 

25.33

27.44

29.55

31.66

33.77

35.88

38yd

40.11

42.22

20ft

 

26.66

28.88

31.11

33.33

35.55

37.77

40yd

42.22

44.44

21ft

 

28yd

30.33

32.66

35yd

37.33

39.66

42yd

44.33

46.66

22ft

 

29.33

31.77

34.22

36.66

39.11

41.55

44yd

46.44

48.88

23ft

 

30.66

33.22

35.77

38.33

40.88

43.44

46yd

48.55

51.11

24ft

 

32yd

34.66

37.33

40yd

42.66

45.33

48yd

50.66

53.33

25ft

 

33.33

36.11

38.88

41.66

44.44

47.22

50yd

52.77

55.55

26ft

 

34.66

37.55

40.44

43.33

46.22

49.11

52yd

54.88

57.77

27ft

 

36yd

39yd

42yd

45yd

48yd

51yd

54yd

57yd

60yd

28ft

 

37.33

40.44

43.55

46.66

49.77

52.88

56yd

59.11

62.22

29ft

 

38.66

41.88

45.11

48.33

51.55

54.77

58yd

61.22

64.44

30ft

 

40yd

43.33

46.66

50yd

53.33

56.66

60yd

63.33

66.66

31ft

 

41.33

44.77

48.22

51.66

55.11

58.55

62yd

65.44

68.88

32ft

 

42.66

46.22

49.77

53.33

56.88

60.44

64yd

67.55

71.11

33ft

 

44yd

47.66

51.33

55yd

58.66

62.33

66yd

69.66

73.33

34ft

 

45.33

49.11

52.88

56.33

60.44

64.22

68yd

71.77

75.55

35ft

 

46.66

50.55

54.44

58.66

62.22

66.11

70yd

73.88

77.77

 

NOTE: You usually have to buy carpet in widths of 12 feet. If you have a room that is 10 feet by 10 feet you will have to buy a rug that is 12 feet by 10 feet. To convert square yards to square feet, multiply SY by 9. ( 12 sy  x 9  =  108 sf )

 

 

Basic Carpet Prices

Have you checked carpet prices lately? The cost for new carpet has doubled in the past 10 years. Why pay more than you need to! Let me show you over 60 smart and easy ways to save money on carpet. You really can save hundreds, or even thousands on your next carpet purchase. How Much Should I Spend on Carpet?

 

 

Basic Carpet Longevity 

 

Many factor come into play when trying to figure out how long a carpet might last in your home. Here are some of the key factors that can affect how long your new carpet will last:

  1. The fiber type and style, tuft twist, density rating, pile height.

  2. How much foot traffic in the home, number of children, pets, teens. 

  3. How well it is maintained, regular vacuuming, periodic cleaning.

  4. How well it is installed (properly stretched)

  5. What padding is used, type, thickness and density.

 

Depending on all these factors, here is a basic guideline for how long you might expect your new carpet to last:

 

(Typical Cost per Square Yard)

Carpet    Pad   Labor     Total       Longevity

 $18 yd     $3      $4         $25         3 to 7 years

 $23 yd     $3      $4         $30         6 to 10 years

 $28 yd     $5      $6         $39         8 to 12 years

 $35 yd     $5      $6         $46        10 to 14 years

 $40 yd     $5      $6         $51        12 to 16 years

 $50 yd     $6      $8         $64        15 to 20 years

 

 

Many carpet retailers use a one-price for carpet, pad and installation.

This is the typical cost per square foot for everything.

 

 

(Typical Cost per Square Foot)

Carpet Pad & Labor     Total       Longevity

 $3.00 square foot       $25         3 to 7 years

 $3.35 square foot       $30         6 to 10 years

 $4.35 square foot       $39         8 to 12 years

 $5.10 square foot       $46        10 to 14 years

 $5.65 square foot       $51        12 to 16 years

 $7.10 square foot       $64        15 to 20 years

 

These are rough estimates and assumes you have low to medium foot traffic.

 

Padding and labor charges typically increase with the quality of the carpet. You must be sure that the padding is capable to last as long as the carpet. 

 

It is more difficult to install heavier carpets and labor prices will increase accordingly. Berber carpets are typically more expensive to install. Installing carpet stairs usually has an additional charge. 

 

 

Learn more:

How To Measure For Carpet

Carpet Seaming Diagram

How Much Does New Carpet Cost?

Carpet Installation Fees and Charges

 

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