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How to Measure for Laminate Flooring


Laminate flooring is one of the easiest types of flooring to install. It is a well-liked choice of flooring for do-it-yourself home improvement projects. One of the important steps in installing laminate flooring is to measure the room in which you want to install it.

Obtain the Square Feet Measurements of a Room

Measure the room’s length using a tape measure. You may need an additional person to complete this task. First place the tape measure down in a corner of the room and pull it to the other side, taking care to make the tape measure straight instead of letting it buckle or bow. Once the tape measure is straight, note the length and write it down. Then you must measure how wide the room is in the same way that you measured the length. Note the measurement that you receive. To get the square feet of the room, you need to multiply these measurements together and write this figure down.

Add the Overage Measurement

Once you have the square feet measurement of the room, you need to multiply that number by a waste factor of 7 to 10 percent. Doing this is important, because you are likely to need more laminate flooring than just the amount indicated by the square feet. If some of the laminate flooring you purchase is damaged, dinged, or discolored, if you cut it wrong before laying it and have to start over, or if you ever need to replace damaged pieces of the floor once it is installed, you will need extra flooring.

Adapt for Irregularly Shaped Rooms

If the room you want to lay the laminate flooring in is not a perfect square or rectangle, you should visually divide the space into squares, measure them, and add them together.  You may want to increase your overage percentage because you may make more mistakes in cutting.



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