Measuring your room is the first step in working out how much floor space you’ll need to cover, read our simple how-to below to quickly work out the accurate measurements for your square/rectangle, odd-shaped or round room.
Measuring a Square or Rectangle Room
This is by far the easiest type of room to measure since you’re only working with 4 walls.
- Start by measuring the room’s length – do this by using your tape measure to measure the distance between the two walls that are the furthest apart.
- Do the same process for the remaining two walls to give you the room width.
- Take the Length and multiply it with the Width to give you the total ft² amount. E.g. 5ft x 4ft = 20ft²
Don’t forget to add on wastage by multiplying by 1.1 (10%). We generally recommend 10% wastage, however, it can be more if you’re using herringbone/chevron.
Measuring an Odd-Shaped Room
An Odd-Shaped room refers to any room that has straight walls but has different length walls that create l-shapes or nooks and crannies. However, follow the guide below for a simple method in working out your room area in an odd-shaped room.
- Begin by dividing the room into even squares or triangles.
- Then, start measuring the length and width of each of those shapes until you have all the measurements for the individual shapes.
- Multiply each of the individual shapes’ Lengths and Widths together to work out the ft² for those shapes.
- Then simply add all of the ft² amounts together.
Finally, add on wastage by multiplying the total amount by 1.1 (10%). We generally recommend 10% for wastage, however, it can be more if you’re using herringbone/chevron.
Measuring a Circular Room
Whilst this might seem like an impossible task, measuring a circular room doesn’t have to be difficult and we’re going to show you how to do it below using the diameter of the room.
- Start in the center of the room and measure to the opposite wall to give you the diameter of the round room.
- Then, divide that amount (your diameter) by 2 to give you the radius of the room.
- With the radius (half of the diameter), multiply this by π (3.14159265) to give you the ft².
Don’t forget to add on wastage, and for a circular room, this is likely going to be slightly more than a square or rectangle room. Consult with your installer or give our team of experts a call to find out what we would recommend for your installation.