Flooring Estimate – How much flooring I should buy
You need to properly measure a room to determine how much flooring you should buy. Most flooring is sold by the square foot. The square footage is the actual measurement of the area to be covered by flooring estimate. A waste factor of 5% – 15% must be added to the amount of square footage of flooring estimate needed to allow for cutting waste. Example: a 10′ x 20′ room = 200 sq. ft. Using a waste factor of 10% we calculate 10% of 200 is 20 so you will have to purchase 220 sq. ft. in order to have enough flooring. If the product we selected has 17.44 square feet per carton, then divide 220 by 17.44. We get 12.61. You would need to purchase 12 or 13 cartons depending on the complexity of the room and your installer’s experience. The cutting waste also allows for some minor defects if any in the wood to be cut out. If you are doing a project that involves many rooms and a lot of cutting you should calculate 10-15% additional. You will have less waste in one large room opposed to several smaller rooms. Please review the Diagram provided below to properly measure for your new floors.
When measuring for square footage: Simply multiply length x width of any room. This equals your square footage. (length x width = sq.ft) Add an additional 10% for waste. Remember to take measurements for length x width of every room separately.