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by Alan Fletcher - aka The Carpet Professor


This form is free to print and use for personal non-commercial purposes only.

Alan's Carpet Selection Form

I created this handy 24-point form to help you choose carpet wisely. Feel free to email me for my personal opinion on your selection. Visit my website at for free carpet information.


Your Name ________________________________________

Email ____________________________________________

Zip Code __________________________________________


Carpet Dealer ______________________________________

City ______________________________________________

State _____________________________________________

Salesperson ________________________________________


1. Carpet Brand _____________________________________

2. Carpet Style Name _________________________________

3. Color Name ______________________________________


About the Carpet

Carpet Specifications (Gather ALL this information)

4. Fiber Type – Nylon - P.E.T. - Polyester - Olefin - Sorona/Smartstrand

5. Yarn Face-Weight _____________ (range 25 to 80)

6. Tuft Twist _____________ (range 3 to 9)

7. Pile Density _____________ (range 1000 to 6000)

8. Carpet Only Price ………   ……………$_____________SF



9. Padding Type – Rebond Foam Rubber Synthetic Fiber

10. Pad thickness – 1/4"  3/8"  7/16"  1/2"

11. Pad Density (in pounds)  4   5   6   7   8   10

12. Pad Only Price ……………………      $_____________SF



13. Installation Only Price ……………… $____________SF

14. Does this include removal & haul away of old C&P?   Yes  No

15. Will a power stretcher be used during installation?       Yes  No

16. Do you need to have furniture moved?                         Yes  No

17. Are there ANY other installation fees or charges?        Yes  No

18. If so, description____________________________________


_________________ Additional Installation Cost $ ___________


19. Now add up the totals from #8, #12 and #1to get your...

20. Total Cost per square foot..............       $__________ Per SF

(Use #1 red and #2 green coding to make filling in numbers easier)


Your Total Price 

21. Total Square Feet of Carpet Needed:   __________ SF


22.  $ _______    X   _______ SF    =    $____________

23. Now Add Amount from Question #18       +  $____________

24. Total Cost for Everything.....   = $ __________


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Room Yardage Table  (From My eBook)

Using the Room Yardage Table

To make calculating your yardage easier I have provided a room yardage table. Find the corresponding room width and length (in feet), and follow the proper column and rows till you line up your room measurements and discover the square yardage. Always round-up your room measurements to the nearest foot. Rooms must be considered at least 12 feet wide or you will not have enough material to complete the installation. This chart is only for approximation so you can get a basic idea of how much carpet you are going to need. Input your room measurements and yardage totals into the room measurement forms starting on page 62.  Do one room at a time, showing the square footage and the square yardage for each room. Then you can add all the totals together on page 68.


Measure Your Room:






How to Measure Your Stairs


Measuring for stairs can be a little bit tricky, but as long as your staircases are not unusual they shouldn’t be too tough to estimate. To make it easy I have created a handy chart to help you figure a basic estimate of how much carpet you need to carpet your stairs.

1. What is your stair step and riser measurement?

Most step and risers will measure about 18 inches total. In diagram #1 below, it shows you where and how to measure the step and riser. You need to calculate these measurements in inches.

2. Measure the width. How wide are your stairs?

There are several types of stairs. Most stairs are about 3 feet wide. Some are much wider. Not all stairs are the same. Some stairs are open on one or both sides and you will need to measure the widest points. Diagram #2 below shows how to properly measure the width of boxed stairs. The yardage chart is for estimating only.




Most staircases have about 12-14 steps. Some are split into two 6 or 7-step flights with a landing at the midpoint. The Stair Yardage Chart will reveal how many yards you typically need for a standard 12-14 step staircase. If you have more or less steps than 14, you will have to take that into consideration, and it will not include any carpet you may need for landing areas unless you include them in your stair measurements. Now that you have measured and have the answers to the two questions about your stairs, go to the next page and calculate how much carpet you will need and input your findings into the stair yardage (form # 1)


Let’s find out approximately how much carpet you need to buy. But remember, having a carpet installer measure your home for you is always the best way to go! Carpet salespeople are not always good at measuring and often order more carpet than is actually needed.


After you measure your home for carpet, you can take your simple diagrams to any carpet retailer and they can quickly determine how much carpet you need from your diagram. This will help you confirm exactly how much carpet you need and will save you from being overcharged. Carpet styles with a pattern match will require additional material to match the seams properly.  

Step One  

Draw a simple diagram of your home, or room to be carpeted. Draw it by hand if you like. The drawing doesn't have to be perfect but the measurements do need to be accurate.  Just a simple drawing with all the rooms shown is all you need. If you have a two story home, then do two drawings, one for upper, one for lower. Your drawing should look something like this:



Step Two


Now you need to measure each room and write down the measurements on your diagram. Round up each measurement to the nearest 1/2 foot mark. If your room is 15 feet 3 inches long, round it up to 15 feet 6 inches or 15.5. (We will use the decimal .5 instead of 6" inches) This little bit of extra carpet will help make sure you have enough carpet to do the job. 


You must be sure you have enough carpet to finish the job. A few extra inches in each room will help you be sure to have enough.


If your room is 15 feet 8 inches long round it up to 16 feet or 16.0. Always mark the length first, then the width to make thing uniform. (Example 15.0 x 10.5) How will you know which is length and which is width? It doesn't matter, just make your choice and measure each room the exact same way.


Step Three  

Make a list of your room measurements and multiply the length by the width of each room. Then add them up for a total square footage. It should look like this:


Living Room 27.5 x 15.0 = 412.5

Hall               16.0 x   4.5 =   72.0

Bedroom 1    16.0 x   9.5 = 152.0

Bedroom 2    16.0 x   9.5 = 152.0


        788.5 square feet  


Step Four

Now add 10% to the total square footage. This allows a bit extra for trimming and seaming and carpet needed to complete the job. There must be a few extra inches in each room so the carpet can be properly stretched and trimmed. Some material waste is inevitable and should be expected. 


788 SF + 78   (10%) = 866 square feet.


To calculate the Total Square Yards (SY), divide the total Square Feet by 9.


866 SF divided by 9 = 96.22 square yards.


That's it! If your home is larger or has a difficult floor plan it will be more difficult to measure. Take your time and do one room at a time. Just make sure that all adjoining carpet is laid out in the same direction. 


There will be some material waste if your room is less than 12 ft wide. You must have seams if your room is wider than 12 feet. All similar carpet in connecting rooms must run in the same direction. 


You will most likely need a few more or less yards than you figure here, so don't be surprised if you are quoted 5 to 10% more or less than you calculated here and using my yardage chart on page 67.  


To calculate the square footage of a room, multiply the width and length:  

A 10 x 10 room would add up to 13.33 yards: (Carpet comes 12 feet wide) that is 12' width x 10' length = 120 square feet, divided by 9 = 13.33 yards. In this case, there would be 2 feet x 10 feet of carpet waste because the room is less than 12 feet wide.  


A room 15 x 20 would add up to 33.33 yards. Figure 15 x 20 = 300 SF, divided by 9 = 33.33 yards. There would need to be a  3' ft. x 20' ft. seam along one wall for a room this size because carpet width is only 12 feet wide, Wider rooms will generally require a bit more material to do the seams properly.



Form #2 Your Room Measurements  

This form is designed to help you:  


Keep record of the measurements, square footage and yardage of each room, Remember any additional information, aspect or comments about the type, style or color of carpet you plan to select, and how much you plan to spend on carpet for each room. Use the Room Yardage Table to help you fill in the information in these forms.  

How to fill out this form:  

Here is a sample of how filled out form might look. You will have to fill out one form for each room that will need carpeting. Remember to write down any special information you want to remember in the “Comments” area of the form. The price range you select can be for the carpet only, or for a package price that includes the carpet, padding and installation charges.


Carpet padding and a basic installation charges may add up to $6 to 9 per sq. yard or more.


Now that you have measured and calculated about how much carpet you need in each room. You can begin to determine how much total carpet you need and approximately what it is going to cost. Add up all your room yardage measurements if you are using the same carpeting throughout your home, or figure it one room at a time. Combine your yardage totals if you will be using the same carpet throughout your home.



Form # 3   How Much Carpet Do You Need?



This form is designed to help you:

·         Keep track of what type of carpet styles and colors you have in mind for each room,

·         keep a list of how much carpet you will need for each room,

·         Where each color/style you select is intended to go,

·         Have a good idea about how much carpet you need.

·         Determine about how much the total cost will be.

 How to fill out this form:

Below is a sample of how a filled-out form might look. You may have to fill out more than one form if you are carpeting many rooms or may be using more than one style or color of carpet.




Form # 4  Preliminary Carpet Selection


Take this shopping guide with you when you go shopping for carpet. While you are at the carpet store, fill out one Preliminary Carpet Selection form for each carpet you find that interests you. The salesperson can help you by providing answers to your questions.

When you are finished shopping at each store, tell the salesperson that you would like to check-out the carpet samples that interest you and take them home to consider. Be sure that you have completely filled-out one form for each carpet sample you take home with you. You will then have all the information you need to help you make a well-informed and educated decision.


This form is designed to help you:

  1. Keep record of each potential carpet selection, style and color you may be considering.

  2. Keep record of the specific material and labor costs, including the carpet, carpet padding and basic installation, for each carpet you are considering.

  3. Know what grade of carpet padding is included if the padding is part of a package deal, or what the manufacturer recommends for each carpet you consider.

  4. Know what the total cost per square yard and/or square foot will be, to have each specific carpet installed in your home.


Carpet Cost Comparison Form.pdf







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