How To Master Measuring A Carpet

Do you want to give your home a brand-new look? If so, one of the best ways to change the aesthetic of a room is to replace the carpeting. This is because carpeting comes in a wide assortment of styles, which can provide a room with different atmospheres.

How To Master Measuring A Carpet

If you need to measure a space for carpeting but are unsure of the proper technique, you’ve come to the right place! This technique will help you to measure carpeting just like a professional.

Why Is It Important To Order The Right Amount of Carpeting?

It is essential that you correctly measure the room before ordering the carpeting. Otherwise, you can have too little or too much carpeting.

If you have too much carpeting, this will mean that you have spent money on a product that you aren’t using. On the flip side, if you don’t order enough carpet, parts of the room will be without this flooring. As a result, you will slow down the carpeting process. 

How To Measure A Carpet


To properly measure your floor, you will only need a few essential items. This includes:

  • A measuring tape: this important DIY tool is a must-have if you want to measure the size of your floor. After all, it will take ages to measure a large room with a ruler. Measuring tapes can be found in all good DIY stores.
  • Paper and a pen (optional): this can be used to draw a diagram of your home. 


These simple step-by-step instructions will guide you through the entire process:

  1. Decide which floors you want to carpet. You might wish to make a floor plan for these areas.
  2. Move any objects that will hinder the measuring process. For instance, if you have a cabinet on the floor that you wish to carpet, you should temporarily move it out of the way.
  3. Using a measuring tape, measure the length of the floor. Then, proceed to measure the width. Write these numbers down so that you can access them later. If you have created a floor plan, add these measurements to it.
  4. If your room is an awkward shape, break these measurements into different shapes. Measure these shapes individually before adding them together.
  5. Double-check your measurements. This way, you can identify any errors in your measurements.
  6. Order your carpet using the measurements. Often, you will be charged depending on the square foot of the carpet. This can simply be calculated by multiplying the width by the length.

Measuring Tips

Measuring Tips

To help ensure that your measuring experience is as smooth as possible, here are some helpful tips:

  • Remember to measure every area of the floor that you want to be covered in carpet. Smaller areas, such as closets, are often overlooked, so be sure to include them.
  • Make a floor plan of the area that will be carpeted. This is especially important if you are working on multiple rooms, as you will need measurements for every room. This way, you won’t get the measurements mixed up.
  • Don’t rush it! Because it is important for these measurements to be accurate, you may want to spend time ensuring that they are correct.
  • If there are awkward shapes in your room, you may want to order a little excess carpeting. This way, it will be easier for it to be cut down to size, allowing it to fit this unusual shape.
  • The majority of carpeting companies will not refund your purchase if you make an error with the measurements. Therefore, accuracy is key!

Measuring Stairs

Stairs are a notoriously difficult space to measure for carpets. After all, they are awkward shapes. But if you are adamant about measuring your stairs, what can you do?

Aside from struggling to measure the stairs yourself, you can also get a quote from a carpet fitting company. Often, they will give you an estimate for the price without having to measure the space.

Not to mention, you can always ask a professional carpet installer to measure the stairs. This way, you can ensure that the measurements are accurate. Plus, this will save a ton of effort.

Should You Round Up Or Round Down?

When measuring your floors, the space may come to an annoying decimal point. If this is the case, we strongly recommend that you round the figure up. 

It is much better to round up than down. This is because you will be left with some leeway. If you round down the measurements, you may not have sufficient carpeting to cover your flooring (Also check out How To Deal With Squeaky Floors Under Your Carpets). This will detract from the aesthetic of the room and may cause people to walk on uncarpeted floors.

As a consequence, it is a good idea to add 10% to the measurement. Though this can result in you paying a little more for this carpeting, many people argue that it is worth it to ensure that you have enough. 

Plus, leftover pieces of carpet can be used in the form of scraps once it has been fitted. These carpet scraps are surprisingly versatile. 

For instance, you can repurpose them as mats for your car or kitchen. Alternatively, you can use carpet scraps to make a crafty rug (Check out Carpets Vs Rugs: Which Is The Best Choice?).

Closing Remarks

Thanks to this technique, you can perfectly measure your carpet! As a result, your home can become the cozy and atmospheric space of your dreams. Guests are bound to notice how beautiful your pristine new carpet is.

Johnathon Gooder
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