2. Many types of flooring such as carpet, laminate and hardwood, are sold by the square foot. Therefore, you should take your measurements in feet as well.
3. Measure the room’s area from baseboard to baseboard. However, if the room doesn’t have any baseboards, then measure from one wall to another wall.
4. Write down your measurements as length or width, to make it easier when you are ready to purchase your flooring materials.
5. Multiply the length and width measurements you took for each square or rectangle to arrive at the square footage for the area. Retain a list of your square footage measurements for each area. When you have completed the measurements, simply add these all together to calculate the total square footage that you’ll need to know before purchasing flooring products.
6. You should also add a little extra to the exact total measurements to account for any waste that occurs. One way to get this done is simply to add a little extra to your measurements. For example, if the width of a room measures 14’ 6”, just round it off to 15’0’, yet another way that works is to add a set percentage to your grand totals. Professional installation folks will usually just add around an extra 5%; many do-it-yourselfers will probably feel safer if they add about 10%.
7. If you are measuring the room for new carpeting, use the exact measurements and do not add any extra for waste when you are ordering your carpet padding. Carpet padding is generally sold in rolls of 100 square feet. This means, for example, that if a room measures 165 square feet, you’ll need to order two 100 sq. ft. rolls of padding.
8. If possible, try to take your area measurements when your home is both quiet and free from any distractions to avoid making any unnecessary mistakes. You also may want to play it safe and measure the room’s area twice to prevent any unwanted surprises when your flooring arrives at your home and the installation begins.
9. Also, be certain to remember to measure any closet floors and to include those areas in your total calculations.
10. When measuring areas in kitchens or laundry rooms that have large appliances, don’t forget to move those appliances out of the way and measure those floor areas too.
11. Dishwashers can present special problems when installing new flooring. The best idea, however, is to remove the dishwasher out and then to install your new flooring. Have a professional come in to help you with removing the dishwasher if you don’t feel that you can do this job by yourself.
12. If you are measuring a room for new hardwood or laminate flooring, keep in mind that you should include transition pieces in your list of materials. You’ll need one transition piece for each doorway or stairway leading to or from the room.
Generally speaking, unless you’ve had some prior experience with preparing for a new flooring installation, it may be better to leave this part of your remodeling project to a professional who has done it many time before.