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How to measure for lvp flooring can be a tremendous job, especially if you’ve never done it before. But if you’re enthusiastic about DIY and want to put the tools in your toolbox to good use, we hope this guide helps you. So, you’ve decided you want new luxury vinyl flooring. Now you’re asking yourself, what color, what kind of look do I want, does the size make a difference, how much do I need, and probably many more questions. But before you get carried away with all the types, styles, colors, sizes, and looks, luxury vinyl flooring is available in, the first thing you need to do is decide whether or not you are going to have it professionally installed or are you going to do it yourself? If you plan on doing it yourself, you might as well measure your space and figure out how much you’ll need, too. When you are measuring the space and it is more than a room or an odd-shaped room, this can be a daunting task, so I’ve put together this guide which details a method you can use.
The shape of your space will determine how the room needs to be measured and, therefore, the method you need to use. So, step 1 is to sketch out the shape of your entire space where you want the new luxury vinyl. It will probably look something like the image below.
If you have a square or rectangle-shaped room, you already have your space divided up. But if you have an oddly shaped room, you can cut it into a series of smaller, imaginary squares and rectangles, as the image below shows.
To measure your space run a tape measure down one side of the room to get its length. Move the tape measure to the connecting wall and measure the same way to get the width. Write these measurements down on the sketch you made for reference.
On the above image the measurements would be:
To calculate the square footage of a room/rectangle/square you multiply the length times the width. Using the above image as an example the calculations would be:
Then, to get total square footage of the space, add all the individual square footages together.
144′ + 15′ + 66′ + 99′ + 18′ = 342′
So, the total square footage of flooring you would need is 342 sqft.
Go back and remeasure your space and do the calculation again. Going back and checking your work only eliminates the wasting of time, materials, and money. However tempting it may be, don’t hurry through the planning phase just to get into the ‘doing’ phase. It always pays off in the long run.
Once you’ve completed measuring your room, you will need to add 7 – 10% extra to the room’s total area to allow for wastage. It is essential to allow for wastage for several reasons; for example, it will allow for mistakes when fitting around complex areas, and damaged pieces, and in case any are damaged in the future you can replace them.
When you go out to shop for your new luxury vinyl, it will come in boxes. So you know that you will need somewhere in the range of 366 sqft to 372 sqft. You have made your decision, this is what you want. To figure out how many boxes you will need, take the square footage of the box, 20.06, and divide that into the amount you need. 366 would be 18.25 boxes and 372 would be 18.54 boxes, so to be on the safe side you should purchase 19 boxes of the luxury vinyl.