How to Determine How Much Laminate Flooring One Needs

How to Determine How Much Laminate Flooring One Needs

Match the square footage of the laminate floor box to your room size

By Daniel Ray

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Installing a new laminate floor is a great way to improve the looks of your home. Estimating materials is important for any kind of home improvement job. Finding the square footage is just simple math. Rounding the numbers up allows some extra material so you won't come up short. As with all measuring jobs, measure twice and check the math to avoid errors.

  • What You Need to Know
  • You'll need a metal measuring tape, a pencil, a notebook and a calculator to figure out how much laminate you'll need to buy.

Step 1:

Use a tape measure to find the dimensions of the room where the laminate will be installed. Record the length and the width. Not all rooms are perfectly square, so make a rough sketch in your notebook of a square or rectangle that represents the widest and the longest portion of the room. Then, measure any areas where islands or cabinets sit and record their dimensions, as well.

Step 2:

Use the calculator to multiply the length by the width. This number is the square footage of the room. Subtract the square footage of the cabinets or other areas of your floor that cut into your original dimensions. Add 10 percent of this number to the total for waste. This is the amount of laminate flooring needed.

Step 3:

Find out how many square feet are in each box of laminate flooring. Divide the room square footage by the square feet in each box. Round up the number, and this will tell you how many boxes are needed. If you need only one extra piece of laminate, the lumberyard may sell you just one piece instead of insisting that you purchase a whole extra box.

Step 4:

Take, for example, a room that is 15 feet wide by 16 feet long; 15 x 16 = 240 square feet. Ten percent of this number is 24 square feet; 240 + 24 = 264 square feet. If a box of laminate flooring contains 23.5 square feet, then 264 / 23.5 = 11.23 boxes. Round this up to 12. Thus, 12 boxes of laminate flooring are needed for this job.

  • Tips & Warnings
  • Calculators are available for purchase that figure the square footage automatically when you enter your dimensions. There are also free online laminate flooring calculators that you simply plug your numbers into and hit "Calculate" to find the number of boxes of laminate flooring you'll need for your project.
  • Always purchase enough materials initially, so you don't risk that style of flooring becoming unavailable.
  • Keep in mind that laminate fits in only one direction so order extra if you'll be making a lot of cuts around cabinets or kitchen islands.
  • Because laminate flooring is made from pressed products, the corners may be damaged during shipment and stocking in the lumberyard. Look for corners of the box that are slightly damaged and reject those boxes.

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