Here is a handy guide to assist you in measuring your room(s) for flooring. Please follow the tips below and bring your dimensions with you when you visit, or when you call us for a quotation, or to place an order.
How to measure a room
First, measure largest length and width of the room, including any door alcoves, window bays and irregular spaces. If either one of these measurements is less than 5 metres, in the case of carpet, or 4 metres, in the case of vinyl, there will be a product suitable to fill the space in one piece, without the need for joins.
Simply jot down these measurements and we will be able to arrange a quotation.
Make a quick sketch
If you are able to make a quick sketch, like the ones below, even better! Please record the positions of all windows and doors on your drawing. Measure the width and length in several places, as not all rooms are completely ‘square’ and measure to the nearest cm. There is no need to factor in any extra for trimming, we will do that for you. All we need is the exact room size.
It’s also important for us to know what will be beneath the flooring you’ll be replacing, i.e. if it’s floorboards, concrete, laminate or vinyl and the condition of the floor. All this will help us advise you on your requirements for underlay, door bars, fixings and fitting etc.
If your room is larger than the above sizes, you will need two pieces. To ensure that you get a perfect join, your measurements and drawing will help us to ensure that your carpet or vinyl is cut in the correct orientation or pile direction, so that it can be joined seamlessly and aligned correctly.
Treat your landing measurements in exactly there same way you would for a room. Measure the largest width and length, including any alcoves, window bays and doorways. Mark the position of the stars on your drawing. One important thing to note is that your landing carpet will need to run over and down the first stair riser, to get a seamless finish, so please factor this into your measurements.
For most stairways, a carpet roll width of 4 metres, or in some cases 5 metres x approximately 1 metre length will be enough to cover the entire stairway from top to bottom.
Check that all your stairs are an even size. If not, allow for this in your calculations. First, measure a riser (the vertical part of the stair) and then one of the treads (the flat/horizontal part of the stair). (You can then take these two measurements combined and multiply by the number of stairs you have. This will give you the required roll width, I.e. 4 or 5 metres).
Then measure the width of the treads to give you the length required.
If you have bullnose stairs, allow a little extra in your calculations and if you have a winding, or a corner staircase, with a mid landing, measure each turn of the steps independently at their widest points and note this in your measurements or sketch.
Simply jot down all the measurements for both your steps and any mid landing(s) etc., and we will be able to arrange a quotation.
Measuring for vinyl flooring, laminate and artificial grass in ‘square metres’
If you wish to calculate the number of square metres in a room (or a garden in the case of artificial grass), simply take the the width and multiply by the length. (e.g. 4 metres x 5 metres = 20 metres square).
Always measure the longest and widest point to the nearest cm and provide us with these measurements. We will then advise you the exact amount of flooring/grass you will need, taking into account any extras for fitting and trimming etc.
Remember, our advisors are always on hand, should you need further advice or guidance.