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How to Measure a Floor for a Flooring Installation

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You’ve researched your options, pored through catalogs, and examined tile samples. The search is over and you’ve finally found the perfect flooring for your home. The last step before placing your order is to measure the floor. This is a crucial part of the process because an order that’s too small will leave you scrambling to match the product properly, while one that’s too large is a waste of renovation funds. Please follow these steps to measure your floor space properly.

How to Accurately Measure a Floor

Step One: Determine the Shape and Layout of the Room

Square or rectangular rooms are the easiest to measure. If you’re working with a space that’s rounded or triangular, you’ll need a different formula for your measurements. Most spaces, however, are comprised of a series of rectangles when you look at them the right way. If your space isn’t a single open rectangle, break it down into a series of smaller rectangles. Sketch a floor plan of the room and record your measurements for each area.

Remember to account for obstructions like kitchen islands. For these, you can measure a floor as a large rectangle on either side and smaller squares or rectangles above and below. To help you visualize the different areas you’re measuring, lay masking tape on the floor. Just remember to include the width of the tape in your measurements.