Measure twice, cut once – it’s a DIY mantra that’s definitely worth remembering when measuring a room to fit a floor. Getting your measurements wrong can be costly, leaving you with unnecessary joins, or masses of excess flooring left over.
In this step by step guide, we take a look at how to measure a room, so you know exactly how much flooring you’ll need – whether you’re looking to fit cool carpet, luxury laminate, or funky vinyl flooring.
- Paper and pen/pencil
- A tape measure
- A calculator (unless you’re a maths whizz)
STEP 1 – DRAWING YOUR ROOM
Start by taking your pen and paper, and roughly drawing the shape of your room, including the doors – taking into account the places where any hearths, alcoves, bay windows and fitted furniture cuts into the floor space.
STEP 2 – MEASURING THE LENGTH
The next step is to measure the length of the room in metres, using your tape measure.
It’s important to remember that you’re looking to find the longest point of the room – so when it comes to buying your carpet, you’ve got enough to cover the whole space without any seams.
Most rooms aren’t completely square, so make sure you measure at least two points across the room to get an accurate idea, and take the longest of the measurements. If you’re measuring a point from a door, then measure from the centre of the frame.
Once you’ve got your length measurement, mark it on your drawing.
STEP 3 – MEASURING THE WIDTH
Repeat the measuring process with the width of the room – making sure that once again, you take two measurements at the widest points of the room.
Mark the width on your drawing.
STEP 4 – ROUNDING UP
It’s better to be safe than sorry, so to ensure that you get the right length of carpet, round up your length measurement to the next 10cm point.
For example, if your room is 4.5m long – round up to 4.6m.
STEP 5 – CALCULATING THE AREA
To calculate how much flooring you need to buy, we need to know the area of the room – which can be worked out by multiplying the width of the room by the length.
This calculation will leave you with the area of the room in m2.
STEP 6 – CHOOSE YOUR FUNKY VINYL FLOORING, LAMINATE OR CARPET!
Armed with the dimensions of your room, you’re ready to choose your flooring. Head over to the Carpetright online shop, or come and visit us in-store at one of our locations nationwide.
THINGS TO REMEMBER – LARGER ROOMS
Before you purchase your carpet or vinyl flooring, it’s worth remembering that they come in different, fixed width lengths. These are:
Carpet: 4m & 5m
Vinyl: 2m, 3m & 4m
If your room is even a fraction wider than 4m, you are going to need two lengths, and will have to have at least one seam (join) at some point.
Generally, you’ll probably want to have a single joint, carefully positioned in a place that makes it least noticeable – such as where you like to position your furniture.
If your room is only slightly larger than 4m in width, you will end up with a lot of spare flooring or carpet, which can then be used in another room. One way to minimise wastage is to have multiple seams (see video 3 in this series for further details), which will help you to reduce the amount of carpet you need to buy.
MEASURING ROOM VIDEOS
If you would like some additional help visualising these guides, we’ve prepared some handy videos designed to help you through the measuring process for a full range of room shapes and sizes, which can be found below.
A Guide to Measure a Room:
A Guide to Measure a Room with EXTRA Areas:
A Guide to Measure a Large Room That Needs A Join:
FREE HOME CONSULTATION
If you don’t feel comfortable taking measurements, or simply want to leave it to the professionals, then take advantage of our free home consultation service, where an expert member of our team will come and do the hard work for you!
Providing an expert measuring, planning and estimation service, we’ll outline the different options available to you, to help you minimise wastage and save money when purchasing your new carpet or vinyl flooring.