When it is time to purchase new carpet, the first step is figuring out how much carpet you need. Even though you will likely receive an estimate from someone who installs the carpet for you, it is a good idea to measure for the carpet before you go shopping. This keeps within your price range and ensures you are getting honest estimates.
The first step is to draw or create a simple drawing of the layout of the rooms or areas that you want carpeted. If you are planning on carpeting a hall you may want to include the rooms that will connect off of the hall so that the salesman can see the layout of the entire house.
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Once you have completed the drawing you will need to measure your rooms. The measurements for length should all be in the same direction throughout the house. For example if you measure from the front of the house to the back of the house first in the living room, it needs to be that way in all of your rooms. Round your measurements up to the nearest half foot; you need to list that number first, and then list the width measurement next. This will help create an accurate measuring system. Write the measurements in each room of your drawing.
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Next you will need to figure out the square footage for each room. This is done by multiplying the two numbers. For example a 12 by 12 room would have 144 square feet. Then you need to add an extra ten percent to cover seams and other problems. 144 + 15= 159. Then figure out the yardage by dividing by nine. 159 / 9= 17.6 or 18 square yards of carpet.
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Another thing to consider is that the roles generally come in widths of 12 feet, but stretch on for longer lengths. Additionally carpet needs to be run in the same direction, which may add additionally footage to your carpet. This is why you should take your chart into an installer to have your measurements and estimates double checked before you purchase carpet.
Another factor to think about is where the seams will run in your carpet. The fewer the seams will help your carpet installation be easier and last longer. Additionally you will want to the seams to be in a lower traffic area instead of in a hallway.
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