How to Measure Your Floor

How to Measure your Floor When it comes to installing a new floor, the first thing you have to do is ensure you’ve measured it correctly – after all there’s no point pricing up options if you’re working with the incorrect size. Let’s check out some tips on how to calculate the perfect measurement:

Shape and Layout Sketch

Your first step should be to determine the shape and layout of your room, as this will let you know how many dimensions you need to measure and give you a general overall view. You don’t have to do a scale for scale sketch, but it’s good to visualize the space and a sketch can help you to do this.


Next you need to measure the room, which is usually quite straightforward. Use masking tape to ensure you’re getting accurate numbers, and ensure to measure any ‘obstacles’ (like kitchen islands and built in furniture). Record all of this on your sketch.


You will next need to calculate the square footage of the area by multiplying the width and length. This is very easy if the room you’re working with is rectangle or square, but if your room isn’t a simple shape, try to separate it into individual square or rectangles to make your life easier. Detail these shapes on your sketch for future reference.

Account for Waste

Finally it’s important to account for the waste factor, you always need to order a little more than what you need to ensure odd angles of the room are accounted for. It’s better to have more than enough than to run short. If you’re installing yourself, a good figure to work with is an extra 5%, however if your room is an odd shape (like triangular) then you should bump that figure up to 10%. Do a final check of your measurements and calculations, adding the waste factor in, and you’ll hopefully end up with the right amount of flooring with minimal waste.