- 10 meter tape measure (5m is also good)
- A pen and piece of paper/pad
- A calculator
- And a friend! To help make it easier, and FUN!
How to measure your room no matter what shape it is
When you measure your room you’ll need to consider it’s shape. Here’s how to measure accurately depending on the shape you’re dealing with:
A. Simple square room
If your room is square or rectangular, the job of measuring your room is going to be simple!
Measure the length and breadth and multiply one by the other.
For example, if your room is square, and down one side is 5m and the other is also 5m, then multiply 5 x 5, and your room is 25m2 (25 meters square).
A room that is 4m by 3m is 4 x 3. That will make your room 12m2 (12 meters square).
B. An L shaped room
If your room is L shaped, split it into two rectangles as above. Then measure the two rectangles as before and add them together. Adopt this method for rooms that may need splitting into more bite sized sections and simply add them together.
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Note: Adding extra 8% for cuts and wastage
The 8% rule should be taken into consideration before you order your flooring.
If your floor area measured 12m (as above) then add 8%, which comes to 12.96, and round it off to 13m2.
This takes into account cutting around doors and into corners of rooms etc.
If you don’t add this 8% then you will run short at the end of the job.
Sometimes 8% may not be quite enough and you may need to order a little extra.
For example, if your room is a complicated shape, with nooks and alcoves, then aim for 8-10% extra.
It’s a good idea to speak with your installer for his/her advice.
To recap, here is what to do when you measure your floor for oak or stone flooring:
- ALWAYS measure in meters as this is the language spoken by flooring companies and installers who will be putting together an installation quote. Your m2 measurement will also be used for working out how much glue, adhesive, grout and oils etc you will need for the job.
- ALWAYS add 8% to your total measurement for wastage and cuts.
- ALWAYS make allowances in your measurements for fireplaces, alcoves, recesses and cupboards.
- ALWAYS ask your flooring supplier for advice if you have any doubts.
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