Measure and Estimate
This brief step by step method will give you a basic idea of how much carpet you will need. By High Country Flooring, INC
- The best way to measure is to first draw a sketch of the area to be covered. Draw all jogs, set backs, closets, and doorways.
- Next you will want to use a 25ft. tape measure and possibly have someone help you. Remember you will be measuring in Feet and inches. (Example 10ft. 6 inches)
- Measure the longest points in both length and width of the room. Measure dimensions of closets, cutout areas, and any other object that adds or deletes from the basic shape of the room. Don’t forget to measure into your doorways. Typically this is where a change in flooring material will occur. Write all your measurements down on your sketch in the areas they relate to.
- To determine how much carpet you will need simply multiple the length times the width. If you have closets, set backs or jogs, treat those areas as separate areas when calculating the square footage. Add all the area calculations together. The answer you get will be the total square feet you have. Now convert this number to square yards by simply dividing the total square feet by 9.
- Don’t forget to change your inches to decimals of a foot when calculating. When I measure I always round up to the nearest 3 inches. 3, 6, or 9 then when I calculate I can easily convert the inches to decimals of a foot .25, .5, or .75.
- A general rule of thumb is to add 7% to your total. This will account for proper installation. Remember also that carpet is manufactured in specific widths and dimensions and your room will not always fit the exact dimensions. Therefore keep in mind that you will have some waste of your job.
- Measuring for carpet installation and figuring yardage can get tricky. The method above is for general estimating purposes only. Yardage depends on overall layout. Carpet also has a directional “sweep” that runs with the length of the carpet. All the face yarns lay down in one direction and stand up in the other. When the installer figures a job he must keep this in mind and make sure all the carpet runs the same direction to maintain a uniform look.