Measuring your room is a quick and simple process that can be done efficiently by anyone without the need for a joiner or fitter. For this task, all you need is a pen, piece of paper and a measuring tape. A second pair of hands may come in useful for more accurate results.
Measuring a square or rectangular room could not be easier. First measure the length then the breadth of the room and then multiply one by another. For example, is your room is 5m x 5m, you have a 25m2 room. A waste factor of around 5-10% of your total size is recommended to cover any board irregularities or cutting errors.
If you have an irregular room, it is often beneficial to create a rough sketch of the layout then identify areas which can be split into neat, easily manageable squares or rectangles. Each area can then be measured in the same way as described previously. The size of each section is then added together to get the total area of the room:
Hints and Tips:
• It is best to measure your floor in meters as this is the format in which your flooring is likely to be sold.
• Always remember a waste factor of 5-10%.
• Measure into skirting and door frames as your flooring will finish under these.
• Don’t forget about fireplaces, alcoves and cupboards.