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Measuring Your Space

How to Measure for Carpeting Like a Pro

To know how much carpet you need, measure the room or area extending into the doorways. It is usually easier to “round up” inches to the next foot. If the area is irregular, divide it into squares or rectangles and measure each area and then add all of your squares together for your total. See our Carpet Buying Guide’s carpet estimator diagram below for calculation instructions.

After you total your square footage, be sure to add 10% to your total for “waste”. See the carpet estimator diagram below for calculation instructions.

To estimate the total cost for your carpet, multiply the total number of sq. ft. (remember to add the 10% for waste) by the carpet price per square foot. Note that carpet padding and carpeting installation are added on top of your carpet’s per square foot price.

Access our Carpet Estimator Worksheet.

How To Measure for New Carpet

Step 1 - Identify Your Space

Before you set out to measure your space, make sure you identify all the areas that are to be carpeted.  How many rooms?  Will you carpet inside the closets?  Have you included hallways?  What about stairs?  Don’t forget the area extending into the doorways. Often people think about the main rooms they wish to carpet but omit the extra connecting spaces.

Step 2 - Measure the Main Rooms

Measure the square footage of the primary rooms including closets, doorways, and hallways.  It is best to round up inches to the nearest foot.  If the area is irregular, divide it into squares or rectangles, measure each portion and add them all together.

Step 3 - Count Your Stairs

Count the number of steps.  Since most steps are about five square feet, multiply the number of steps by 5 to get the estimated square footage for your stairs.  If you wish, bring in a picture of your stairs – that helps a lot!  (Stairs can vary, which is why a picture is often very helpful.)

Step 4 - Add it Up

Once you add the square footage of all your spaces and stairways, add another 10% for trim.  Then if you multiply this number by the cost/square foot of the carpeting you’ve selected, you can estimate your total carpet cost.  Don’t forget there will be additional costs for padding and installation.

Step 5 - We Verify Your Estimate

Don’t worry.  Your home’s final measurements will be confirmed by a professional.  We will send someone to your home to ensure that all of the pre-installation measurements are correct.  We take care of all of the details and it couldn’t be easier!

Jody M. from Greenwood Village

I recently had a great experience at Sloane’s Carpet Secret. Anyone who needs carpeting should check this place out. Not only do they have a great selection at GREAT prices compared to everyplace else I shopped, but they were also incredibly accommodating on meeting my tight timeline for installation. I was able to get carpet delivered and installed in just a few days. The staff was super helpful and the whole experience was a total winner. If you need carpeting, you should definitely try Sloane’s Carpet Secret.