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Gurus guide to measuring for carpet!

When thinking about carpeting your home, taking your own measurements may seem like a tall order - but it really doesn’t need to be! We’ve put together a list of our top tips so that you can accurately and confidently measure your interior spaces for carpet.

Getting started:

Possibly the best strategy for measuring your home is to sketch a floor plan of the areas you would like to carpet. Don’t worry if you’re no Michael Angelo, your floor plan doesn’t have to be a masterpiece - so long as you consider some of the basic steps outlined below:

1. Download and print out our handy floor planning sheet to help you create your plan!

2. Take every single measurement that you can, it’s important to include areas such as bay windows, alcoves and recesses.

3. Always measure from the widest point. Don’t measure from radiators or even skirting boards as this could leave you short on installation day. Particularly important for those using a laser measure.

4. Take your measurements at the floor level - It’s a floor plan after all! It’s not uncommon for walls to narrow towards the ceiling, especially in older properties.

5. Don’t round up or down, list your exact measurements in the correct place on your plan.

6. Measure into doorways! In the vast majority of cases your carpet will join the adjacent room at the middle of the doorway, not at the wall.

Measuring your staircase:

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 stairs you have and measure the nose width, riser height, and tread depth of these stairs.

Next, take note of any ½ landings, winders & kites that you may have (kites and winders are triangular shaped stairs that create a curve 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 use 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 with gravity rather than against it. Installing your carpet in this way has proven wear benefits and will avoid ugly pile separation problems.

I’ve measured my areas, how much carpet will I need to order?

This very much depends on which carpet you’re planning on purchasing. Most carpets are available in either 4.00 or 5.00 metre width rolls, though there are some manufacturers that produce multi-width carpets which can help to reduce wastage or unnecessary joins.

One additional consideration you’ll need to make is that you should allow a little bit of extra material for “cutting in”. When carpets are fitted they should ideally run at least 5cm up each wall so that they can be trimmed more precisely to fit against your skirting boards.

Now comes the tricky part - the aim is to work out most cost effective way in which your chosen carpet will fit into your area, while following key considerations such as pile direction, pattern repeat and waste management. The good news is, now that you’ve gone through the hard work of drawing up your floor plan, we can can help you work out how much material you’ll require for your project. Our gang of flooring gurus have years of experience quantifying flooring projects, so why not take a photo or scan in your floor plan and let us take a look for you? you can email your plan over to us at: info@flooringmegastore.co.uk

How much underlay will I need to order?

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 you did carpet, 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 get full coverage. This means that with proper calculation, you can end up with next to no wastage in the underlay department - Quids in!

How much Gripper will I need?

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 calculate this for you from your floor plans.

There are 2 main types of gripper rods, one type is for wooden subfloors which is nailed down using the supplied nails - and the other is for concrete subfloors which is typically glued down using gripper adhesive.

How many door bars will I need?

Most of our door bars are available in 900mm lengths as standard, which will cover an average sized doorway. Longer lengths are available upon request, with some being available up to 2700mm long. When you have decided which profile you require (carpet to carpet/carpet to tile etc…) then simply count how many doorways you have and order the correct amount of each profile accordingly.

Want to know more about which types of door bar profiles you'll need for your installation? Click here!

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