When it comes to carpet installation, especially when wanting to install wall-to-wall carpet, a few simple measurements can be taken and a little math can be done to get an idea of how much carpet will be needed. Carpets are always available in square yards, which is the equivalent of 9 square feet. They are usually sold in 12 foot, 13 foot 6 inches, and 15 foot wide rolls and all the pieces have to be laid in the same direction. This means that more than what is shown by the calculations may have to be purchased, so that the number of seams can be limited. Basic calculation should be used as an estimate the budget to install the carpet. Before ordering the carpet, the actual amount should be confirmed with a carpet installer or retailer. Hopefully, the following carpet measurement tips will help to measure carpet size for installation.
When measuring carpet size for carpet installation, the first thing that should be done is to measure the linear footage or the length of the room from the farthest points. For instance, if there is a carpeted closet in the room, then the linear footage should be measured to the back wall of the closet. The width of the room should be measured in the same way too. In case of an L-shaped room, it should be broken down into two rectangles and the length and width of both should be measured.
It must be kept in mind that the measurement should be taken from the farthest point of the room to the furthest wall opposite it. For a seamless carpet, it is necessary to include closets and dormers as well.
After the linear footage has been established, then you must convert this number to square feet or square yards, depending on the geographical area. The needed square feet can be obtained simply by multiplying the length by the width. Square feet can be converted to square yards by simply dividing by 9.
If the carpet is available in square yard, the linear feet should be multiplied by 1.33. This way, a unit price can be established for a budget.
Depending on the budget that has been assumed, the cost per square foot for the carpet only will be provided by dividing the budgeted amount by the square feet of carpet that is needed. It is also wise to add carpet installation and carpet cushion or padding prices to this amount, but in most cases, the cost of these goods and services can be covered with $1 per square foot.
If you are planning to install the carpet yourself, you should make sure that the correct area has and the right amount of carpet has been calculated, so that seams are minimized. Keeping the above carpet measurement tips will come in handy. The more accurate the measurement, the easier the carpet installation process will become and there will be lesser seams in the carpet as well. So this is how you measure carpet size when you need to install a new carpet.