How do you measure a room for carpeting in 4 easy steps

How do you measure a room for carpeting

How do you measure a room for carpeting: Everyone will need to know before buying a carpet how to measure a room for carpet so that you could get a realistic design of how much it is required for your house. This is one of the first steps before purchasing a carpet to install your room or providing assistance to the installer by measuring dimensions in your room. Measurement of a room for carpeting mostly applies to broadloom wall-to-wall carpet. Usually, it’s easy to measure a basic square or obligated area until you go to the doorways and stairs.

This article will show you how you can easily measure a room for carpeting in simple four steps. So, let’s move on to the process.

Tools and supplies that you will need

  • Measuring tape or other types of distance measurer 
  • A calculator or calculator application
  • Notebook or writing instrument or these types of app
  • And lastly, graph paper and a pencil when you want to draw a layout.

How do you measure a room for carpeting

After completing all four steps, you can show your diagrams to the carpet retailer or seller and help them to calculate how much carpet you will need for your room. This step will assist you in confirming the amount of carpet and confine you from being overcharged. 

Step one

Firstly, draw an easy diagram of your room or home. We did this step on our computer using an easy ‘paint” program; also, this program has in your computer, shown in “accessories” in your program files. No matter how your drawing looks, but the measurement must be accurate. Just make a simple drawing with all your rooms, yard, kitchen, etc. Moreover, if you have two story-home, then make two diagrams, one for lower and another for upper. Your drawing might be the following looks.

Step Two

Now start to measure each room and note the report on your diagram. We will extend each measurement to the nearest ½ foot; for example, if your room is 14 feet 3 inches long, extend it 14 feet 9 inches. This extra carpet will help you to confirm you have enough, no need to worry. Keeping more material than you need causes more charge, which is worse than not having enough carpet to complete the work.

If your room is 16 feet 8 inches in length, extend it up to 17 feet. Always mark the length first, then move the width to make all measurements identical for example, your one-room length and width are 16 x 11.5. How will you know which side is the length and which side is the width? The answer is long side is the length, and another is the width. No matter if you don’t identify it, select a direction, and measure each room on the same process.

Here is the step two process over the diagram after measurement. 

Step Three

In step three, make a list of your measurements and multiply the length by the width for each room, kitchen, nursery room, etc. After that, sum up them for total square footage. It should the following: 

Living Room            25.5 x 15.0 = 382. 5

Bedroom 1                15.5 x 10.0 = 155

Bedroom 2                15.5 x 10.0 = 155

 Hall                           20.0 x 8.5 = 170

Total                                 862.5 square feet

Step Four

Finally, affix 5% with the total. This ensures contentment for seams and other extra carpets that may be needed for finishing the job. 


+43 = 5%

905 square feet

To know the total yardage, divide the square foot by 9.

 905 divided by 9 = 100.55 square yards.

That’s it! If your home is curved or has a problematic floor plan, it will take more time to measure or can be challenging to measure. If you have stairs or want to carpet over the stairs, follow the guide below.

Measuring Carpet for Stairs

Measuring stairs for carpeting may be very tricky. Because some stairs are folded up one or both sides, some may be pie-shaped, some may be upholstered that can require additional materials and are very difficult to measure. The nap of the carpet should be placed in the same direction on every stair. It is very excellent for the nap to be set up from the back to the front of the stair in a water-fall scenario, for getting aesthetic looking and long durability. 

While measuring an area that operates to stairs going down, such as landing or hallway, be sure to measure around the ledge at the apex of the stairs. Take your tape measure against the opposite wall and fold it all the way, almost the nosing until it contacts the back (riser) of the stair under. This measurement will be needed for your carpet so that it can fold around the nosing. 

Measuring carpets for stairs by themselves includes special thought, for example, the size, shape, and configuration of the stairs along with the direction of the pile and pattern ( if needed)

Large-Looped Berber Carpet Styles Installed on Stairs

Carpet nap direction is particularly significant while setting up large-looped Berber styles on stairs. To confine that is known as the dead Berber “Smile”, particular steps must be applied to assure the carpet is set up in the right way. 

The Berber “Smile” is an ordinary condition where a looped Berber carpet is set up behind on stairs and yields the Berber loop to open up along with revealing the carpet backing and make a “smile” as it streams down over the margin of every stair.

Generally, the large loops of Berber carpet are opened up to show the carpet’s backing where it’s loops fall over the edge of the stair. It is looking odd! If you install the carpet in the right direction, flowing it from the backside to the stair’s front side, then the problem will be avoided.

4 most essential points that should have to remember about Carpet Seams

  • Most of the carpets come in rolls that are usually 12-feet wide. 

Others are available in 13.5 and 15-feet widths. These widths are not so common and may not be the perfect choice for you according to the size of your room. Before choosing the carpet, you can ask the carpet seller or your carpet installer if any other wider roll of carpet might be much cost-effective in the long run for the specific application that you want.

  • Some material will be wasted if the widths of your room are less than 12 ft. 
  • If the widths of your rooms become more than 12 feet, you must have the seams there. 
  • The “Nap” of the carpet in every room must run according to the same direction. 

A natural direction is available in all plush style carpet piles. This type of carpet will lay down when you stroke it in one direction and stand up when you stroke it in the opposite direction, like petting a cat. Every cat’s fur is laid down when you patted from the head directly towards the tail, and the fur comes to stand up when you petted from the opposite direction.

You have to apply the same thing at the time of seaming two pieces of carpet together. During the seaming of two carpet pieces together, the nap of both carpets must have to go according to the same direction. Otherwise, the seam will be horrible to look at. You must have to consider this fact while measuring the new carpet. 

To measure the total square footage of your room, you just have to multiply the width and length of your room together. Use decimal if needed. 

For example, 9 feet 8 inches will be figured as 9.7 feet (12 inches= 1 foot)

3 inches = .25 feet

5 inches = .42 feet

7 inches = .6 feet

Example 1:  

A 12 x 20 room that add up to 26.66 yards: (Have to remember, carpet comes 12 feet wide)

12′ width x 20′ length = 240 square feet. By dividing with 9 = 26.66 yards. 

 Here, 2 feet x 20 feet of carpet will be wasted because the room width being less than 12 feet.

Example 2: 

 A simple room of 16 x 20 will add up to 35.55 yards. 

That is 16 x 20 = 320. After dividing by 9 = 35.55 yards. 

Here, I need a 4′ ft. x 20′ ft. seam along each wall for this size room because of 12 feet carpet width, but this excessive part is already figured into the 35.55 yards.

It is always better to hire a professional to calculate everything about your home perfectly before making a final selection. You can also get a carpet installer for a nominal fee. Sometimes, you can also get free estimates from your local area carpet shop owner and also can compare various carpets side by side. If you buy a carpet with the pattern, you just have to order enough extra material to maintain a pattern match.

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