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.
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.
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
Room 27.5 x 15.0 = 412.5
16.0 x 4.5 =
1 16.0 x
9.5 = 152.0
2 16.0 x
9.5 = 152.0
788.5 square feet
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.
SF + 78 (10%)
= 866 square feet.
calculate the Total Square Yards (SY), divide the total Square Feet by 9.
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 on page 67 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 about $6 per yard or more.