How To Measure Carpet

Buying a new carpet for your house can cost a lot even if you get an accurate estimate.If their estimate ends up being more than they need, it can be even more expensive.To compare with theirs, make your own estimate.Pick out which areas will be carpeted by diagramming your house.Measure each room and floor area.Simply add five or ten percent to the total square footage and compare it with estimates given by professionals.

Step 1: The first floor is where you should start.

You can use a paint program on your computer, graph paper, or just plain paper.An outline of the first floor is what you should start with.Divide that space by the layout of the rooms on that floor.When it comes to proportions, don’t worry about making your drawing 100% accurate.If it matches the layout of your house, you are fine.

Step 2: Key details need to be filled in.

Adding any interior spaces that may be within each room is the first thing to do.Add any permanent standing fixture that takes up floor space.If the floor height is different between rooms, mark it.Even if they are within one room, floors with different heights should be treated as their own space.If part of your living room is lower than the rest, mark that step on your diagram.

Step 3: Continue with other floors.

You can create a diagram for each floor.You should fill in the details for the upper floors and basement.If connecting stairs are included in your diagram, treat them as their own space to be dealt with separately.

Step 4: You should note which areas won’t be carpeted.

Measure the rooms and spaces you need to.Shade all rooms that won’t get carpeting.If you want to keep the floor bare while carpeting the rest of the room, do the same.Say you want to carpet a bedroom, but not the closet.Put shade on the closet.

Step 5: Designate the length and width.

Before you start measuring rooms, make sure the measurements you mark down are consistent.Pick a side of your home that represents your length and width.Even if the shapes of individual rooms make you switch it up, stick to this throughout your home.Hallways tend to be long and narrow, so it makes sense to show the longest measurement as the shortest one.If you want to express your measurement consistently from one end of your home to the other, do the opposite.

Step 6: Measure length and width at the same time.

Measure each room in order of length and width, once you decide on which side of the house you want.Attach a tape measure to your diagram to measure the length.Do the same with the width of the room.As you move from room to room, measuring each room’s dimensions in the same order will ensure that your notes remain consistent.

Step 7: Measure the interior spaces on their own.

You want to include the closet in the bedroom carpeting.There is a separate piece of carpeting for installation in the closet.You can measure the length and width of the bedroom by yourself.

Step 8: It’s a good idea to make smaller measurements for oddly shaped rooms.

The easiest way to measure a room is to take two measurements.Other rooms may have permanent fixtures that take up floor space and create a new shape.Measure each individually by breaking the room up into smaller areas.Break the L-shaped room into two parts.Measure the width and length of the area.The remaining floor space should be done the same way.In a square room, two sets of cabinets face each other from opposite walls.This changes the floor area into a T- or H-shape.Measure the floor space between the cabinets.Continue with the rest of the areas.

Step 9: Measure again.

Don’t make mistakes.Measure each room a second time before moving on to the next.If you made a mistake the first time, you should change your diagram if you already recorded the wrong measurement.You should always use a pencil to mark your diagram.This will make it easier to read.This will make it less likely that you will read the wrong information when you tally up your totals.

Step 10: Don’t go up the stairs.

Even if you plan on carpeting the stairs, don’t worry about measuring them.There are a number of different factors that affect the material needed for these.Don’t worry about them, just focus on the rest of your house.Ask the installers for their own estimates of your stairs when you start receiving bids.

Step 11: You should expect to need more carpeting than your measurements.

Keep in mind that you will want more carpeting than the exact square footage of the room.Purchase extra material.This is needed to fix mistakes and create matching patterns.

Step 12: There are two ways to estimate extra material.

Keep things simple if you are buying the same type of carpeting for every room.Once you figure that out, add an extra 10% to the total square footage for all rooms.If you order more than one type, you should round each measurement up to the next half-foot.If one room measures 15’6″ L x 20’3″ W (4.72 x 6.17 m), round it up to 16’8″Once you determine that, you should add an additional 5% to the total square footage.

Step 13: Find the square footage of the rooms.

List all the rooms that will be carpeted.The dimensions should be included for each one.Divide the length and width of the room to find the square footage.For example, the master bedroom is 16′ L x 20.5′ W and the 1st and 2nd bedrooms are 12’L x 10’W.The interior space should be treated as its own separate line item.The master bedroom closet is 30 square feet.List each area separately for odd-shaped rooms.Line items can be entered with an L-shaped living room.

Step 14: Take the total square footage and add it to it.

Simply add each individual square footage from your list to find the total, if you are only using one type of carpeting.If using more than one type, only add items that use the same type.You should do the same for each type of carpeting.You want a separate total for each type of carpeting to be used in order to budget accordingly, in case one type is more expensive than the other.You only need the general total for labor and installation quotes.If you use more than one type, add up the total square footage for all of them.

Step 15: Extra material is something to remember.

Divide your total square footage by 0.1 if you didn’t round up your measurement before calculating.Add that figure to your total.Proceed with caution if you did round up.Add 0.05 to your total square footages.If your total square footage is 1600, an extra 10% would bring it up to 1760 square feet.An extra 5% would bring you up to 1680.

Step 16: You can compare estimates.

Before buying a carpet, do some comparative shopping.You should arrange for at least a couple different companies to visit your home and give you an estimate.How much material is needed for the job?You can compare this with your own estimate.If their estimate seems close to yours, ask them for a second one that includes carpeted stairs.Move on to the next company if their initial estimate is way higher than what you came up with on your own.