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Carpet Measuring Guide

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Measuring for Carpet Yourself? Use My Free Room Yardage Chart!

Need some help measuring your rooms for carpet? Here is a handy chart to help you figure out how much carpet you need to order based on your room measurements.

 

Why Measure For Carpet Yourself? 

 

There are some sleazy carpet retailers who may try to sell you more carpet than you actually need. This is a very common carpet scam and rip-off. 

 

My room yardage chart will also help you verify the measurements of any bids or estimates you receive. For example, if you get three free estimates and they all show a different amount of material your job requires, then my Room Yardage Chart can help you identify the bid or estimate that is the most accurate.

 

Why are all their estimates different? 

 

Some carpet salespeople are better at measuring than others. If you are doing more than one room, waste from one room can be used to fill-in an area in a different room. This is how an experienced estimator can strategically save you money by limiting material waste and optimizing as much as possible.

 

Some carpet salespeople are inexperienced and fear not ordering enough material to finish the job. To prevent embarrassment and save face, they may add a few extra yards to your order.

 

Measuring for carpet yourself is a smart way to potentially save money on your new carpet purchase. However, it is only ONE of dozens of smart ways that you can save money on new carpet that you need to know about.

 

<<< How To Measure For Carpet in 4 simple steps:

 

 

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)

 

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 )

Expect to have some material waste. You usually have to buy carpet in widths of 12 feet. For example, if you have a room that is 10 feet by 10 feet you will have to buy a carpet that is 12 feet wide by 10 feet long.

 

 

Carpet Seams

 

If you have a room wider than 12 feet you will need to have a seam. For example: A room 15 feet wide by 16 feet long will require a 3 foot by 16 foot seam along one side of the room. 

 

There must be enough extra carpet to do the seams. Usually 5 to 10% more depending on the size of your rooms and the number of seams used to fill the space. See my Carpet Seaming Diagram

 

How To Measure For Carpet Seams

How to measure for Carpet in 4 simple steps

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