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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 your 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 total amount of square footage = 100 sq. ft.

Now, it's recommended with wood flooring to add a 5% waste factor for cutting and fitting waste. This waste factor also covers boards that you may not want to use due to heavy character or color variation. Using the example above, 5% added to your order would be 5 sq. ft., making the total needed 105 sq. ft.

When measuring for more than one room: measure all the rooms individually and then add the square footage totals together. Once you have the total square footage of all rooms, then add your 5% waste factor.

 

The recommended 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 you're 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 are no real natural defects in the planks to worry about cutting out; it is really only cutting and fitting waste, so 5% waste factor should be sufficient unless you're 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.

After you've got your measurements down, find the perfect hardwood floor for your home with the help of our Flooring Finder!


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Good and concise article. I knew about square footage but I did not know about adding the waste factor. Thank you for the help!
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This formula is easy to use. I imagined measuring then multiplying then dividing. Also to add a percentage for waste makes sense, so you dont run out of flooring.
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See how many boards do I need 19.6 wide by 21.6 long comes out to 423

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