Laminate Flooring is becoming increasingly popular and the question I keep getting asked time and time again ‘How do I measure for Laminate Flooring’.
Where do I start measuring laminate flooring?
Let us start at the beginning. The first thing you need to do is find out how much laminate flooring you are going to need. To do this you will need to measure the width of your room and also the length of your room in feet. Write these figures down then multiply them both together. This will then give you the size of your room in square feet. You will then need to add 10% for waste.
Width-5 feet X Length-4 feet = 20 feet + 10% = 22 sf
So you will need 22 sf of flooring.
Now you need to find out how many packs you require. If the laminate flooring you have chosen comes in packs of say 25 sf then just divide your room size by this number.
250 sf divided by 25 sf = 10 packs.
Round up to the next pack if the number is for example more than 10 but less than 11.
You will also need to do this for the amount of underlayment required.
What else will you need other than laminate flooring?
If you are laying the laminate flooring over a concrete floor then you will also need to purchase a Damp Proof Membrane (DPM). Most leading brands now have underlayment that includes a built-in DPM. This is worth purchasing as it saves time and money.
Laminate Flooring around Doorways.
For doorways you will need one of the following transition profiles.
End Cap – This is used in doorways that meet carpet, ceramic or stone tiles. It can also be used to finish off the flooring against things like a sliding glass door.
Reducer - You use this when there is a difference in height between the laminate flooring and the floor covering you are meeting up with like linoleum or vinyl
T Moulding - This is needed in doorways where laminate meets laminate. Or for anytime a hard surface is within 1/8 inch. of being the same height as the laminate, you will can use a T moulding.
How to finish flooring around the perimeter of the room.
With Laminate Flooring you have to leave an expansion gap, of around 1/8″ to 1/4″, anywhere the flooring meets a wall. There are two ways of hiding this expansion gap.
One way is to replace your base boards, this way the new base fits over the expansion gap. This of course adds more cost and time to your project.
The second, cheaper and quicker way is to cover the expansion gap with shoe molding. This fits up against the base boards covering the expansion gap. Most brands offer beading that matches the color or style of your laminate flooring.
To measure for this simply measure all around the perimeter of you room, where you are going to need molding. You will again need to add 10% for waste. Once you have this figure you will then need to divide it by the length of the molding, they usually come in lengths of 8 to 10 feet.
Laminate Flooring Check List.
Ok now we know how to measure for laminate flooring here is a measurement check list you can print out to make it easier for you.
Width ____feet x Length ____feet= ______sf + 10% = _____sf (A)
Divide (A) by pack size = _____ packs required.
Divide (A) by Underlayment roll size = _____ Rolls of underlay required.
How many doorways
End Caps ____ Reducer____ T Moulding____
Perimeter _____feet + 10% = _____fee4t