Most carpets come in 12′ widths; some are available in 15′ widths. If your room is larger, you may require more carpet to cover areas that will be matched and seamed together. It’s a good idea to always have the installer double check the measurements prior to purchasing the carpet.
Be sure to measure from the furthest point of the room. If you’re planning on carpeting your closets etc, you need to measure from the furthest point inside the closet to the furthest point opposite that closet. Do the same for north and south then east to west of the room requiring flooring.
If you are measuring for tile, the same would apply – except after you have figured length (in feet) x width (in feet) do not divide by 9. This number is the total square footage needed.
Carpet, vinyl and other types of wall base will be measured a bit differently. As always to be safe we recommend having a professional installer measure your area for proper ordering.
*Note that certain floor covering materials may require a certain amount over the actual measured area to be needed. Ceramic, resilient tile and wood flooring which may require a lot of cuts, custom shapes or designs and carpets designed with a pattern are inclusive of such ordering needs. Also, resilient tile and V.C.T. usually are sold in boxes of 45 Sq. Ft. per box, thus having extra tiles leftover. This is a good thing because scuffed and or severely damaged tiles can be removed and replaced.