Possibly the best strategy for measuring your home is to sketch out a floorplan of the areas you would like to carpet. This drawing does not need to be architect-grade (though if you have plans of this detail this is great!) - so long as you consider some of the basic steps outlined below.
Your staircase will be one of the more complicated areas to measure, due to the addition of the vertical 'risers' and the unusual shape of any 'kite' or 'winder' steps that you may have. Firstly, make a note of how many straight flights you have and measure the nose width, riser height, and tread depth of these stairs. Next, take note of any half-landings, winders and kites that you may have (kites and winders are triangular shaped steps that create a turn in your staircase - see image above) and measure the nose width, riser height and tread depth of these steps.
More often than not, you'll be able to make sure of waste material from larger rooms on your stairs - provided they're of the same carpet and colour. One important consideration is pile direction, which should be pointing down the staircase, flowing with gravity rather than against it. Installing it in this way has proven wear benefits and will avoid any unsightly pile separation issues.
Now that you have the exact sizes of each area of your project, it's now time to add a bit extra onto each measurement for each room to ensure there is enough for 'cutting in' by the installer. We recommend adding at least 25cm onto each length in each area, leaving 12.5cm on either side for wastage. Whilst some may say this is a lot to add on, we prefer being safe than sorry! Unless there's a real discrepancy in the nett measurements you took of your areas, this will be plenty and will make sure your installation day is a breeze.
The tricky part after adding 25cm onto each measurement is to work out the most cost-effective way in which your chosen carpet will fit into each area while following key considerations such as pile direction, pattern repeat, and waste management. The good news is, now that you've gone through our little detailed measuring guide you can send these to our team of flooring experts who will be able to take these floor plans and work out exactly how much you'll need for your project. We have years of experience quantifying flooring projects, so why not take a photo or scan your floor plan and let us take a look for you? Please send in your floor plans to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fortunately, ordering underlay is much more straightforward than carpet and it's a safe bet that if you order the same quantity of underlay as your carpet (once the cut sizes for each area is confirmed), you'll have more than enough. Underlay typically comes in much smaller rolls than carpet and because it will be hidden beneath your lovely new floor, it doesn't matter how many joins are required to achieve full coverage. This means that with proper calculation, you can end up with next to no wastage in the underlay department!
We provide gripper rods in full boxes, each containing 152 linear metres. One full box will typically be enough to cover an average-sized house, though if you have a particularly large property or are unsure, we'll be able to advise what's best.
Our 'dual purpose' gripper works for both subfloor types (wooden and concrete), so no matter what subfloor you have this will be a perfect choice.
Most of our door bars are available in 90cm lengths as standard, which will cover a single average-sized doorway. Longer lengths are available upon request. When you have decided which profiles you need (singles, doubles, z-edge etc) then simply count how many doorways you have and order the correct amount of each profile accordingly.