Flooring Calculator: How to Measure Your Laminate Floor
Are you renovating your new home? Or giving your floor a quick refresh?
It’s important to keep track of how much you’re spending, especially when it comes to bigger jobs like fitting your laminate floor. Hiring a professional fitter to lay your laminate floor will obviously give you an additional cost. So, you might choose to save those pounds and lay the flooring yourself. Either way, you need to know how to measure your room properly. Let's take a look at how to measure your laminate flooring the correct way.
Before you get stuck, it’s always good to plan and prepare early. We’ve listed the tools you’ll need below so that you know exactly what you need to measure for your brand-new laminate floor.
- Tape measure
How To Measure Your Room
First things first, before you get too over-excited about your new floor, you need to work out the size of your room. And for the perfect measurement, use a tape measure and calculator and multiply the length and width of the room. For example, if the room is 10 x 10 metres, you will need flooring that will cover 100 square metres. Sounds pretty easy, right?
Don’t Forget About Wastage
For those who are buying a floor for the first time, it’s important to know what wastage is. When you place your order for laminate flooring, we recommend you should allow an additional 10% of your flooring measurement to account for waste.
This is so if you have any awkward cutting angles like a kitchen island or fireplace, you won’t be left with empty gaps. We will offer refunds on leftover packs.
Which Direction to Lay Your Laminate Floor
Like most flooring, we recommend you lay your laminate flooring parallel to the longest side of your chosen room. This will make your room look a little bigger while creating a natural flow throughout your home.
How To Measure Difficult Rooms?
Every house has an odd-shaped room that’s full of awkward corners and annoying shapes, and if you’re new to DIY-ing, let us help you work out the difficult parts - it’s so easy!
- Get your notepad and pencil out and make a floor plan. It’s useful to record diagrams and measurements so you can visualise on your notepad how you’re going to calculate the area required in your room.
- So, you’ve sketched and measured your room and now it’s time to work out how many square metres are required. Measure the length and width of your room then takeaway the areas that do not need flooring.
- To work out the areas that don’t need the flooring, measure the length and width of your awkward area then simply take away from your original diagram. (This awkward area could be your fireplace) You will then know how much laminate flooring you will need to order.
- Don’t forget to always order a little more in case of mistakes or awkward cuts.
You must leave a 2mm gap (because of expansion) against walls or skirting boards. However, if there are no skirting boards fitted, measure wall to wall, and allow 2mm all the way round for expansion as your laminate floor will slightly move. If your skirting boards are already fitted, just allow 2mm for expansion all the way around your room.
If you’re installing underfloor heating, allow a 5mm expansion gap as your laminate floor planks will move a little bit more because of the heat underneath.
We hope this guide helped you measure your laminate floor with ease. Don’t forget to tag us in your home renovations! We love DIY-ers, so tag us on Instagram using #myluxuryfloor. You may be featured in our online social posts!