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How To Measure Your Room

Measuring for carpet

The main thing to remember when measuring carpet is to measure the longest part of the room by the widest part of the room. Make sure you that you measure in to any doorways in the room rather than just measuring from wall to wall. We would usually recommend adding 10-15cm to on to the width and length as this will cover any minor errors and give the fitter a little extra material to work with.

Standard carpets from most manufacturers come in 4 and 5 meter widths, they also come in 1 to 5 meter widths, runner width around 60-80cm, and some of the more traditional manufacturers still produce carpet in 3ft, 6ft, 9ft,12ft and 15ft widths.

Measuring for carpet on stairs and landings

Measuring stairs and landings for carpet can be a tricky affair. If you are happy with our prices and live within a 20 mile radius of one of our shops, we will come out and measure up free of charge. If you live further away, we are happy to advise you on the best way to measure your stairs and landing. If you want to call us while you are taking the measurments, we will even talk you through the process step-by-step to make sure you get an accurate figure. We can then work out your requirements from the measurments. 

Measuring for wood or laminate

To measure your flooring area for a wooden floor it is best to draw a simple diagram of the area and then split it up on the page in to squares or rectangles. If the room is a nice simple square or rectangle already, then all you need to do is measure the widest part and the longest part and multiply them together to get the square meterage. If you have an L shaped room you would split it in to two separate areas on your diagram and measure the longest by the widest for each of the areas. If you have a bay window, consider this as a separate area and measure it separately to the main part of the room.

Once you have work out the square meterage of the areas that you want the flooring, we would recommend adding a 10% wastage allowance to the amount you require. This allows wastage for cutting and anything else intricate that is required. Some companies will suggest a 5% wastage allowance, but it really depends on the complexity of the area to be fitted.

Don't forget you will also need to measure the perimeter of the room for skirting board or beading [scotia] as you will need an expansion gap around the edges of the room. Doorbars will also be required where the wood or laminate finishes and other floor coverings begin.

When measuring for wood or laminate, it is also wise to consider the condition of the sub-floor. In order to install a wood or laminate floor, the sub-floor must be smooth, flat and free from defects. If this is not the case, you will need to consider having the floor levelled with a self-levelling screed or in the case of existing floorboards, have plywood laid. The underlay or glue used when installing the floor will smooth out minor imperfections, but if the sub-floor is not sufficiently level it will make the installation very difficult and may lead to a bouncy floor that eventually breaks apart.

Measuring for luxury vinyl

Measuring up your room or house for luxury vinyl planks or tiles is very similar as to measuring for a wood floor. The room should be planned on a piece of paper and divided in to rectangles. Measure the widest part by the longest part and multiply these together to get the square meterage of the area.

If the luxury vinyl is to be laid simply and without any borders or diagonal installation, a 5% wastage allowance should be sufficient. If you are having the tiles or planks liad diagonally or with borders around the room, a 10-15% wastage allowance is more sensible.

When considering having a luxury vinyl plank or tile installed, it is important to remember that the sub-floor will almost definitely require a self-levelling screed or ply-board laid in advance of the luxury vinyl being installed. As with many types of flooring, the sub-floor preparation is equally as important as the installation of the flooring itself.

Measuring for sheet vinyl

When taking the measurments for sheet vinyl, you need to measure the longest part of the room by the widest part. Sheet vinyl usually comes in 2, 3 and 4 meter wide rolls, however some manufacturers also do a 5m wide roll width. 

The sub-floor for vinyl needs to be relatively smooth and in good condition, but as some vinyls have a cushioned back, you can get away with slight undelation in the sub-floor. This can be a matter of personal preference, and if in doubt, it may be worth getting the sub-floor levelled out with screed or ply board.

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