Measuring Your Rooms for Quality Carpet

Quality carpets will last you a lifetime, or at least a generation, when properly cared for.


Carpet of any quality is an investment, when you are preparing to purchase your new carpet we recommend having a professional installer (preferably the one you’ll have installing your carpet) measure your space to ensure you order the correct amount.  To ensure that you’re not being overcharged here are a few tips to help you measure your space so you can set a budget before hand.


A reliable professional will come out to measure your space and provide you with 100% accurate recommendations. This is a guide to help you protect yourself from the less scrupulous in the group when purchasing new carpet for your home or office.
1.    Measure your rooms
⁃    long and wide, measure the longest length of both recording their lengths as you go
⁃    repeat this process for every room you want to carpet
⁃    multiply both of your measurements for each room to get the square footage (LxW=SF)

2.    20% rule
⁃    Multiply each rooms square footage by 1.2, this will provide you with the total needed for that room.
⁃    In every room that is over 10’ wide you will need to budget 20% more carpet due to the fact that most carpet comes in 12’ wide rolls.  If your room is 10×10 you’ll need 100 sf of carpet, but you cannot just cut the end off a roll of carpet and slap it in sideways, it will not lay correctly.  You will need to order 120sf of carpet and cut 2’ of it away.
⁃    DO NOT discard this carpet, keep it to patch in case of stains or damage to your carpet.
⁃    In Rooms less than 5’ wide you may multiply by 1.1 to get the total needed for that room
⁃    In Rooms over 12’ wide require the 20% rule as well due to pattern matching and seam allowances.

3.     Add your new totals up and this will provide you with the amount of carpet you can expect to purchase.

This guide is simply to provide you with a tool to understand and approximate for estimating purposes. A professional installer will be able to understand your space and how the carpet will install in a much more concise manner, and if you created your budget using this guide you should have no unpleasant surprises come measuring day. To find a professional installer in your area contact one of Bloomsburg Carpet’s Agents in a city near you now.

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