When you request a carpet quote online or over the phone, you’ll need to provide the measurements of the space you want carpeted to get an accurate quote. The same is true if you plan on installing the carpeting yourself, as having the correct measurements will guide you on exactly how much carpeting to purchase.
Measuring a room in your home or office isn’t particularly difficult, but it can be trickier in irregular spaces that are more complex than a simple square or rectangle. That being said, measuring the space is critical to getting the best possible deal on your carpet installation. Want to save time and money on your carpet installation but aren’t sure where to begin? We’re happy to give you all the tips and tricks you need to measure an irregular space for a carpet quote.
What You’ll Need to Measure a Room
Measuring a room takes very few tools or supplies. Here’s all you’ll need:
- Tape measure
- Writing utensil
- Piece of paper or notepad
How to Measure Irregular Spaces
When measuring a standard room, you can typically rely on the simple formula of Room Length x Room Width = Total Area. However, irregular-shaped rooms require a few more steps.
The easiest way to go about measuring an irregular space is to divide the room into squares and/or triangles. You can measure parts of the room separately and then sum up the total area afterwards. If you choose this method, we recommend adding at least 5% to the total number just to play it safe.
Cost-Saving Measurement Tips
Draw a floor plan of the room before you start measuring. This will help you in dividing the space into smaller shapes and will help keep you organised along the way.
Here are some extra measuring tips to ensure that you get the most accurate measurements possible:
- Always measure the maximum width and length of a room (or part of the room).
- Don’t factor into the measurements load-bearing elements like columns.
- Take measurements of the indentations surrounding any fireplaces or columns you have in the room.
- Remember to measure the area under any doors in the room to allow the carpeting to extend beyond the entrance.
- Double-check all of your measurements.
- Adding 5% to your total is recommended, but don’t order too much in excess in an attempt to avoid carpet waste. Some degree of carpet waste is to be expected.
Measuring Rooms with Special Shapes
While the method described above works for most rooms, there are simpler approaches you can take for rooms with special shapes. Here are some tips on how to measure triangular, trapezoidal, and parallelogram rooms.
When measuring a triangle-shaped room, measure the base and height. Multiply the base and height together and then divide that number by 2. This will give you a good estimation of the amount of carpet you need.
To properly measure a trapezoid-shaped room, you must measure the room’s opposite sides and height. Add the parallel sides, multiply the height by half, and multiply both numbers. The total is the amount of carpet you’ll need for the room.
Measuring a parallelogram-shaped room is relatively easy. To calculate the correct amount of carpet, all you have to do is measure the base and multiply it by the height.
Request an Online Carpet Quote with Jagers Carpets
Now that you have your measurements, it’s time to reach out to Jagers Carpets. In the 44 years since our founding, we’ve established ourselves as the premier carpet store in Melbourne. Along with our expert installations, we offer a high-quality and cost-effective range of carpets, whether you’re looking for something nylon, synthetic, or wool.
With our family-owned and operated business, you can request a carpet quote in Melbourne and shop for carpets on our website. If you’d prefer to browse in person, you’re welcome to visit our showroom in Camberwell, Victoria, at 1350 Toorak Rd. If you have any questions or need additional guidance in measuring the space you want carpeted, please feel free to contact our team.
You can reach out to us by calling 03 9889 1111 or completing our online form. We look forward to hearing from you.