Monday, March 11, 2013

How To Measure For Flooring And Square Footage

If you are trying to figure out how much wood flooring you will need for any given room, the formula is simple. Simply measure the length and width of your room, then multiply them together, that is your square footage. Then, from there you will have to add on waste. From what I've read, waste is 5-10 percent of your square footage, but if you are putting your flooring down in a diagonal pattern, you will waste 15 percent. So, diagonal is out if you are trying to be economical.
Home Depot wood flooring

So, for example, if you have a 13x20 foot room then you do this:
13x20= 260 (square ft).
10 percent of 260 is 26. (is your waste)
.10 X 260 = 26
Add your waste and square footage which is 286.
260 + 26 = 286
So, for that room you will need to order 286 square ft of wood flooring.

I realize this is simple math, but some people forget.


  1. Replies
    1. Thank you, Elizabeth, as always! Your room turned out amazing!

  2. This is perfect! I am a hardwood floors freak and prefer it over everything.

    1. Sorry, I'm sooo late in replying! Thank you for stopping by my little blog and commenting. I'm glad this post was of help.:)