# How To Measure for Your New Wood Floor:

Simply measure the length and the width of your room in metres.

In most cases, it doesn’t matter whether it’s a square or rectangle room.

Standard living rooms are about 5.00m x 4.00m, now just multiply these two figures, which gives us 20 sqm.

For a room that’s 6.00m x 4.00m = 24.00 sqm.

For a room that’s 7.00m x 5.00m = 35.00 sqm.

Please see floor plan below of a better understanding of how to calculate the square meterage of a floor area.

The floor plan below includes a square bay window, if your bay window is curved just treat it as square.

The main part of the room is 5.00m x 4.00m which when multiplied gives us 20.00sqm.

The bay window is 3.00m x 0.60m giving us 1.80sqm.

Simply add these two totals together (20.00sqm + 1.80sqm) which gives us a total of **21.80**sqm for this room.

So, we have just calculated how much flooring is required, Think were done? far from it…

We always advise to get an extra 10% to allow for waste.

Using our total of **21.80**sqm, we need to add 10% which gives us a total of **23.98**sqm.

**How many boxes do I need?**

All boxes have a different amount, some are 1.2sqm whereas others could be 1.8sqm.

All you need to do is divide what you need by the meterage of the box, using our calculations from the diagram we need **23.98**sqm ÷ 1.5sqm (the amount in any particular box, they all differ) which gives us 15.98 boxes, obviously we can’t buy 0.98 of a box, so this gets rounded up to 16 boxes.

**Potential pitfalls…**

Scenario one, you have chosen an online only wood floor retailer, you have purchased the correct amount but for whatever reason you have one perhaps two boxes leftover, if you think you can send these back free of charge, forget about it, the courier fees will be more expensive than the actual value of the flooring, they’re yours…………. forever!

Scenario two, you have purchased too little, again the courier fees will be more than the cost of that box or possibly having to wait until it gets delivered, what happens if they are now out of stock?

I always recommend a bricks and mortar store, whether it’s Wickes or B&Q etc, these will deliver your new flooring free of charge and if you have any full boxes leftover they will quite happily refund in store, even though you bought online.

Better again if you’ve run out it’s just a matter of nipping down to the store, no expensive courier fees…

Mike