How To Measure Your Room For Carpet
Often the best approach is to make a rough sketch the layout of the room(s) you wish to carpet.
Take your metal tape measure and measure the width and length of the room from the furthest skirting boards. If your room changes shape at all, then opt for measuring at the widest and longest points to get the most accurate measurement. Where there’s a door involved, measure from the skirting board on the other side of the room to where the carpet will finish underneath the door area.
When you come to purchase carpets, it’s always better to go for a size that is slightly bigger than the area you need. Although there will be a little bit of wastage this way (although you can always save the offcuts and use them in your garage, loft or shed, or even as mats), this will help ensure you have more than enough carpet to fill the space. Its advised to then add 75mm (3in) to each measurement to allow for fitting.
• Don’t forget to account for alcoves, bay windows and doorways when measuring.
• If carpet is to run in one continuous piece, take the combined total length and width of all rooms to calculate the total square metres of carpet (total length x total width)
• If the carpet cannot cover all rooms continuously, or door bars are to cover breaks between rooms, calculate square metres for each room and then add these together
• Carpet is laid in a single piece wherever possible, unlike a floor covering such as carpet tiles, therefore to accommodate corners and nooks in the layout of a room there is often some considerable wastage.
• Carpet manufacturers often produce rolls of carpet to just a few standard widths, most commonly up to 3660mm (12ft) wide, and more rarely up to 4570mm (15ft) wide.
• Try to avoid placing seams in thoroughfares.
• Carpet pattern and pile must be matched to ensure they run in the same direction.