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.
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