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How to Measure For Laminate Flooring

When it comes to how to measure for laminate flooring, there are just a couple of simple steps to follow. Once you know how to calculate room size, measuring your room is a quick and easy process that can be done efficiently by anyone, without the need for a joiner or fitter. Fitting some new laminate flooring or carpet and need to know your room measurements? Here at Discount Flooring Depot, we’ve created an easy step-by-step guide.


The tools you’ll need:

For this task, all you need is:

  • A measuring tape

  • A pen

  • A piece of paper

If you can enlist an assistant, a second pair of hands may also come in useful for more accurate results.


How to calculate room size

Square or rectangular rooms


Step 1 

When it comes to how to measure for laminate flooring, measuring a square or rectangular room could not be easier. First, use your measuring tape to measure the length then the breadth of the room. Then, multiply these numbers by one another to get your square footage. For example, if your room is 5m x 5m, you have a 25m² room. (See image A).


Step 2 

Once you’ve established your measurements, it's important to add around 10% of your total size to your total square footage, in order for the laminate or wooden boards to be staggered when you lay them. This will also ensure you have enough to cover any board irregularities and cutting errors.



Irregular shaped rooms


Step 1

If you have an irregular or L-shaped room, it is often beneficial to create a rough sketch of the layout then identify areas that can be sectioned into neat, easily manageable squares or rectangles. (See image B).


Step 2

Each area you’ve sectioned can then be measured by width and breadth to determine the square footage. Once you’ve got all these measurements, simply add them together to calculate the total size of your room.



To ensure you’ve got the accurate calculations you need, you can also use our handy laminate flooring calculator.


Hints and tips:

• It is best to measure your floor in metres as this is the format in which your flooring is likely to be sold.

• Always remember a waste factor of 10%.

• Measure into skirting and door frames as your flooring will finish under these.

• Don’t forget about fireplaces, alcoves and cupboards!


Now you know how to calculate room size, you know how to measure for laminate flooring and are ready to get started! For all you need to know about installing your laminate, head over to our How to Lay Laminate Flooring guide.


How to measure carpet for stairs

Step 1 – Measure the width of your step, and round up the nearest cm to get W.

Step 2 – Using a flexible measuring tape, measure the rise and depth of your stair to get X.

Step 3 – Count the number of steps you need to carpet to get Y

Step 4 – Multiply X with Y and round up the closest metre to get Z.

Step 5 – Multiple Z by W to get the square metre of how much carpet you will need.