How to Measure for Laminate Flooring
10 May 2021
Learn to install laminate wood floors with this handy B&M guide on how to measure laminate flooring. Installing laminate flooring is easy when you follow this simple process.
- What You Will Need
- Step 1: Calculate Room Measurements
- Step 2: Add an Extra 10%
- Step 3: Check Your Room Measurements Against Your Product
- Top Tips and Tricks
For an easy-clean floor that is simple to install, laminate is always a good idea. You can find high quality products that mimic beautiful wood floors - including oak and walnut effects - at a very low price.
Installing laminate flooring is a straightforward process, as long as you measure the area of your room correctly before ordering!
In this article, the team at B&M explain how to measure laminate flooring to make the installation process as easy as possible.
What You Will Need
- A tape measure
- A pen or pencil
- Something to write on
- Your chosen laminate (you’ll determine the amount by following this guide)
- A means of cutting - either a hand saw or a jigsaw
- A scotia cutter (for corners and detail)
- Any preferred underlay or insulation
- Carpet cover for a neat threshold transition
Step 1: Calculate Room Measurements
To find the total square footage - or area - of a square or rectangular room, use a tape measure to find out how long the space is and how wide it is and write both measurements down.
Next, multiply the length by the width. This will provide the room measurements you need in square feet.
For an unusually-shaped room, draw a diagram of the space and divide it into separate squares or rectangles. Then find the square footage of each of these and add them together.
B&M Top Tip: You don’t need to measure in square feet - square metres is fine too. Just make sure that the units you use match those of your chosen product.
Step 2: Add an Extra 10%
Most people prefer to lay laminate in a “staggered” pattern, like floorboards.
An additional 10% is usually enough.
B&M Top Tip: Keep offcuts - they may come in handy for repairs.
Step 3: Check Your Room Measurements Against Your Product
After you measure for laminate flooring, you should be able to work out how much of any product you’ll need. Most of B&M’s laminate flooring comes in packs that cover approximately 2.47 square metres each (just under 27 square feet).
B&M Top Tip: Be careful to double-check your calculations as you don’t want to under-order!
Top Tips and Tricks
You shouldn’t need any adhesive - the specialist V-groove design of laminate planks, along with the wall screws and trim available - should help to hold your flooring firmly in place.
To keep a room warmer, give the floor more of a comfy “bounce” and prevent noise bleed, you can install specialist underlay or insulation fibre board underneath your laminate.
Clean your laminate with a gentle brush or a vacuum cleaner, and wipe up spills or marks with a damp cloth. Protect the feet of any furnishings to prevent scratches.
So, for easy guidance on how to measure laminate flooring, simply follow the simple steps above.
B&M Top Tip: Check out other affordable flooring and tiling options right here.