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How To Measure for Hardwood Flooring or Laminate Flooring

by Jeff Hosking – Hosking Hardwood Flooring
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measuring hardwood flooringSince most flooring is sold by the square foot measuring you floor area is pretty easy to do. To determine how many square feet you need, measure the room(s) length by its width. Example: if you have a room that is 10' long by 10' wide you would multiply those numbers together, the amount of square footage = 100 sq. ft.

Now, with wood flooring you must add a 5% waste factor for cutting and fitting waste and to cover a few boards that you may not want to use. Using the example above you would want to add 5% to your order which would mean that you would need a total of 105 sq. ft.

If you have more than one room to measure, measure all the rooms then add the square footage together then add your 5% waste factor.

The waste factor percentage can go higher depending on the grade of wood flooring you purchase. If you purchase a lower grade of wood flooring or if you’re extremely fussy about using certain boards then a higher 10-15% waste factor may be needed. If you do not add a waste factor you may not have enough flooring to fill the rooms you measured. If your installing the flooring on a diagonal it is recommended that you add 15% to your waste factor because of the larger angled waste pieces you cut off the boards at the walls.

With man-made laminate flooring there no real natural defects in the board pannels to worry about cutting out, it is really only cutting and fitting waste so 5% waste factor should be sufficient unless your installing the flooring on a diagonal where you would add 10-15% waste factor as explained above.

It is better to over order than to run short during the installation and have to go re-order more flooring. It is also highly recommended to keep a carton or two of the flooring for future repairs if needed.

I have included more measuring tips for you in our drawing layout below.

measuring tips for hardwood flooring

For information on choosing specific moldings and transition pieces for your room: Molding & Trim Guide for Hardwood and Laminate Flooring.

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I have 400ft but i want install 200 sf on diagonal
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