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This guide has been produced to enable you to measure a room for your chosen floorcovering and should not be considered an installation guide.
You will need paper, a pen or pencil, tape measure, calculator and details of the width/sizes available in your chosen products.
When measuring your rooms you should ensure that you keep the flooring running in the same direction to maintain texture, pattern and colour consistency.
If you change the direction then the pattern, texture and the pile of the carpet will reflect light differently.
Carpet Guide

You will need to measure your room at the widest point allowing for any bay windows and door entrances as below. Once you have the measurements you need to add 10cm on all sides to allowfor cutting in during your installation.

When you have the room width you need to check that it is less than the width of the carpet you arebuying to avoid any joins, for instance if your room width is 4.4m wide and the carpet you are buying is available in 4m and 5m widths then you can buy the 5m wide product. If the carpet is only available 4m wide then you will need to buy twice the length of the room and use the second piece as a filler to give you your 4.4m width or if you are fitting another room, in the same carpet, you may have enough excess to use as a filler.

When measuring a hallway, stairs and a landing you will need to take additional measurements. You should start by measuring the length and width of the hallway as you can see from the plan to the right. You should stand with your back against the wall and the length of your hallway will become your length and the measurement across your hall will become your width.

You need to measure the stairs taking into account the tread and the riser. For ease and if these are all the same you can measure the bottom riser and tread and then multiply this by the quantity of steps. When you have finished this you then need to measure the landing. Once all of your measurements have been taken you can plan how much flooring you need to buy taking into account the width of carpet you wish to purchase. If the width of your hallway or landing is greater than the width of your chosen flooring then you will need to include a join. You may be able to utilise excess carpet cut from another area.
  Seams should run towards the main light sources where possible.
  Seams should always be kept to a minimum and avoided where possible
  Carpet should all run in the same direction
  Always begin measurements in the centre of doorways rather than the bottom of walls.
  You should allow extra in your purchase for patterned goods such as Wilton, Graphics etc to allow for pattern matching.
  Colour is difficult to match between dye batches and different widths so we would recommend that you purchase all you require at the same time and specify all cuts come from the same dye batch
Vinyl Guide

You will need to measure your room at the widest point taking into account any bay windows and door entrances as below. Once you have these measurements you need to add 10cm on all sides to allow for cutting in during your installation.

When you have the room width you need to check that it is less than the width of the Vinyl you are buying to avoid any joins, for instance if your room width is 4.4m wide and the Vinyl you are buying is available in 4m and 5m widths then you can buy the 5m wide product. If the Vinyl is only 4m wide then you will need to buy either the length of the room by the width twice and use the second piece as a filler to give you your 4.4m width or if you are fitting another room you may find that you have wastage from this room that can be utilized as the filler.
  Seams should never fall perpendicular to doorways – not in main thoroughfares.
  Seams should run toward the main light sources where possible.
  Seams should always be kept to a minimum and avoided where possible
  Always begin measurements in the centre of doorways rather than the bottom of walls.
  You should allow extra in your purchase for patterned goods to allow for pattern matching.
Wood & Laminate Guide

Measure your room at the widest point allowing for any bay windows and door entrances as below. Once you have these measurements you need to add 10% to allow for wastage.

To work out how many packs you will need, find your chosen product which will show how many square metres one pack will cover, you will then need to divide your room size (in square metres) by the quantity of square metres per pack and this will give you how many packs you need. Our helpful conversion chart below will help if you have used different units of measurement.
Ceramics Guide

You will need to measure your room at the widest point allowing for any bay windows and door entrances as below. Once you have these measurements you need to add 10% to allow forwastage. To work out how many packs you will need, your chosen product will show how many square metres one pack will cover, you will then need to divide your room size (in square metres) by the quantity of square metres per pack and this will give you how many packs you need. Our helpful conversion chart below will help if you have used different units of measurement.
Carpet Tiles Guide

You will need to measure your room at the widest point allowing for any bay windows and door entrances as below. Once you have these measurements you need to add 10% to allow for wastage.

To work out how many packs you need,your chosen product will show how many square metres one pack will cover, you will then need to divide your room size (in square metres) by the quantity of square metres per pack and this will give you how many packs you need. Our helpful conversion chart below will help if you have used different units of measurement.

Conversions
1 yard = 0.9144 metres
1 foot = 0.3048 metres
1 inches = 0.0254 metres
1 centimetres = 0.01 metres
1 millimetres = 0.001 metres
1 square yard = 0.83612736 square metres
1 square foot = 0.09290304 square metres