How to Set out and Measure a Floor Area Accurately and Information About the Tools That you Need to Measure the Floor Area

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It is almost always necessary to measure the floor area when you lay down any form of covering, albeit carpet, vinyl, floor boards or chipboard. This can get quite mathematical and seem quite complex, but if it is approached methodically and logically it doesn’t have to be that difficult. This section will help you measure the floor area for all types of covering.

Buy a strong tape measure for reliable measurement

Buy a strong tape measure for reliable measurement

Remember that even if you get the floor area perfectly accurate, there will be some waste with whatever materials that you are going to lay on it. The amount will depend on the material and the intricacy of the floor plan; the more alcoves and off-square angles the more intricate. As a rule of thumb people typically use 15%.

Tools for measuring floor area

The tools that you will typically need to measure up the floor in order to get the area are:

  • Laser tape measure – this saves a lot of time and well worth the extra cost
  • Traditional tape measure – this is useful for smaller areas
  • Pencil and paper – draw out the plan first and then add the measurements to this
  • Chalk line reel – to mark out floor boards
  • String and Masking tape – to mark out and stick string to carpets and other coverings
  • Calculator – to check your sums; most mobile phones have one

If your don’t have any of these measuring tools or need to get yours replaced, have a look in our Tool Store and we will get them sent to you as soon as possible.

When you have measured up the floor area, you will then be ready to begin your project laying the floor covering. Have a look at our section of carpets and floor covering for information about how to go about laying your carpe of vinyl.

By measuring up accurately you will ensure that you get the right amount of material that you need.