Not sure how to measure for laminate flooring? We ask the experts for their top tips, advice and need-to-know basics to ensure you order enough. This guide will explain how to measure for laminate flooring and offer advice for purchasing the right quantity, as well as tips for measuring your laminate when cutting and installing.
Understanding how to measure for laminate flooring is an important part of the prep work for laying a new floor — but one that’s often overlooked.
While it may seem simple enough to make a rough estimate of the flooring you’ll need, you may find that you over order, leaving you with spare packs that aren’t used you’ll need to return, or under order, potentially causing delays to your project. To avoid this outcome, think about measuring properly as step one of how to lay laminate flooring and start right.
This guide will explain how to measure for laminate flooring and offer advice for purchasing the right quantity, as well as tips for measuring your laminate when cutting and installing.
How do I Measure a Room for Laminate Flooring?
A basic formula for working out a room’s area is used to measure for laminate flooring. For a simple rectangular or square room, simply multiply the length and the width of the room. For example, a room that is 3 metres by 4 metres will give you a floor area of 12m2.
Ideally, you’ll have two people to measure a room for laminate flooring. Use a retractable tape measure, placed on the floor to ensure its level and accurate. It may be worth checking the width and length at several intervals along the room while you have the tape measure out, as rooms are not always perfectly straight, especially in older houses, and identifying this early will be helpful when it comes to installing your flooring.
Rooms which have a less standard shape will take a little more work to measure. “If your room is L-shaped or has alcoves or bay windows, things become a little trickier,” says Lee Thompson, Technical Manager at Quick-Step. “You need to divide your room into separate smaller areas, adding these together to come to your final quantity.”