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How do you decide how much carpet you’ll need? You don’t want to overestimate and blow your whole budget, but you also don’t want to underestimate — if your installers don’t bring enough material, it’ll delay the job and disrupt your home for longer, and no one wants that.
Basically, measuring for carpet is just a matter of measuring the length and width of the room, then multiplying them together to get the square footage. But most carpets aren’t just installed in a single, rectangular room.
You’ll also need to take into account hallways, stairs, closets, and any other small areas that you might overlook. Use masking tape to mark off the areas you’ve already measured so you don’t lose track, and draw a rough floor plan of the area so you know you’re not missing anything.
If you have angled spaces in your room, don’t worry! The area of a triangle is just half the area of a rectangle with the same dimensions. If the angled area is small enough, you might just want to estimate — you may be stuck with a little extra corner of scrap carpet, but it’s often easier than trying to account for it.
If you use carpet tile, this process gets much easier. Just add up the total square footage of your space and divide by the area of your tiles — 2.25 square feet for an 18” tile and 4 square feet for a 24” tile.
We recommend that you always round up. Round your measurements up to the nearest foot, then round your final estimate up by 10%. You’ll be left with some scraps, but there are lots of useful things you can do with those! And it’s much easier than having to send the installers back for more supplies.
To get a detailed estimate of how much carpet you’ll need, use our estimator worksheet. Download it right here and get started today!Download Your Carpet Estimator Worksheet