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How to Measure Your Floor

In most DIY flooring installation guides, measuring your floor will always be one of the first steps. Measuring your floor is fundamental and accurate measurements are an essential part of a perfect installation whether you're opting for solid wood, vinyl flooring or laminate flooring. To help avoid any complication, or difficult sums, here’s an easy to follow guide for simple wooden floor measuring.

What You Need

1. Tape Measure
2. Paper
3. Pen
4. Calculator

How to Measure Your Floor?

Follow these simple 5 steps to measure your floor. By following this process you can easily work out how much flooring you need and account for any wastage too.

1. Measure in metres the width and length of each area in your room, including alcoves and bays.

2. Multiply the length of each area by the width and note these calculations.

3. Add together each calculation. This will equal the room's size in square metres.

4. Multiply the room size by 1.1 - this adds 10% to account for any wastage.

5. Use a floor calculator to double-check your measurements.

*All our flooring product pages feature a floor calculator to ensure you are ordering the right amount.

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What Shape Is Your Room?

It’s important to take into account the shape of your room before you try to calculate the room measurement. A simple square room will have a different measuring process to an L-shaped room. The usual process is to establish which are the widest and the longest parts of the room and then measure them in metres, not imperial. This should also include any bay windows, alcoves, entrances or exits from the room. Remember to measure each side at least twice as a double check to safeguard against any mistakes. You’d be surprised how different the figures can be a second time around.

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A Bit of Maths

When you have length and width of the room, multiply them together to give the square meters. For example, if your floor is 3 metres long and 5 metres wide, the area needed to be covered is 15 metres squared. If there are more than two areas to measure in the room, such as if your room is L-shaped, then consider it as two rectangles and measure individually. Then add the two figures together at the end for the whole squared area.

Add A Bit to Be Safe

Once all your floor measurements have been taken and are converted into square meters it is advisable to add 10%, not just for cutting or miss measurements but also just in case any damage is caused after installation. In the case of real wood flooring there maybe planks that are not to your liking and you may wish not to install these, so do not disregard this step as it will come in handy later down the line.

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Use Our Calculator

Our easy to use calculator featured on each page of our flooring products will take it from here. Simply fill in the squared metres of the room and the calculator will work out the amount packs you will require based on this figure. Then, order away and await your brand new floor! If after this you need installation advice, our articles cover DIY installation guides for every type of flooring!

Got any further questions? Don’t hesitate to contact us and we will be on hand to assist you with your flooring enquires!