- 10 meter tape measure (5m is also fine)
- A pen and piece of paper/pad
- A calculator
- And a friend! to help make it easier, and FUN!
A) Simple square room - If your room is square or rectangular, the job of measuring your room is going to be simple! Simply measure the length and breadth and multiply one by the other... For example if your room is square, and down one side is 5m and the other is 5m, then simply multiply 5 x 5, and your room is 25m2 (25 meters square) A room which is 4m by 3m is 4 x 3 making your room 12m2 (12 meters square)
B) An L shaped room - If your room is L shaped, split it into two rectangles as above. Then measure the two rectangles as before and add them together. Adopt this method for rooms which may need splitting into more bite sized sections and simply add them together.
Adding extra 8% for cuts and wastage - The 8% rule should be taken into consideration before you order your flooring. If your floor area measured 12m, (as above) then add 8% which comes to 12.96, and round it off to 13m2. This takes into account cutting around doors and into corners of rooms etc. If you dont add this 8% then you will run short at the end of the job.. Sometimes 8% may not be quite enough and you may need to order a little extra. For example If your room is a complicated shape and nooks and alcoves then aim for 8-10% extra. Its a good idea to speak with your installer for his/her advice.
So to recap, here is what to do when measuring a floor for oak or stone flooring:
1. Always measure in meters as this is the language spoken by flooring companies and installers who will be putting together an installation quote. Your m2 measurement will also be used for working out how much glue, adhesive, grout and oils etc you will need for the job.
2. Always add 8% to your total measurement for wastage and cuts.
3. Don’t forget to make allowances in your measurements for fireplaces, alcoves, recesses and cupboards.
4. If in doubt, ask your flooring supplier for advice.