Planning & Measuring

Get an idea of how much carpet you need before visiting your local retailer.

Measuring floor space and estimating the amount of flooring is a skill. Once you have chosen a style and colour, your local carpet retailer will come and measure your home accurately. This will give you the exact amount of carpet you require and will ensure that your house is carpeted in the most cost effective manner. But before you visit a flooring retailer it’s a good idea to measure approximately how much carpet you need. Carpet is usually sold in square metres, so by calculating the area you require, you’ll know how much you can afford or what style of carpet fits your budget.

How to Measure Your Room

  • Use a tape measure to find the width and length of your room
  • Use metric measurement – it’s easier and more commonly used.
  • Measure the room at its longest and widest points
  • Finally, multiply the width by the length to get the area in square metres.

As an example, a 6m x 4m room will need 24 square metres of carpet. To work out how much you can afford per square metre, simply divide your budget figure by the quantity of square metres.


How to Measure Stairs

To get an idea of the quantity of carpet required, measure the ‘tread’ and ‘riser’ of one step. The tread is where you place your foot and must be measured front to back. The riser is the height between each step. Once you have both measurements, adding them together will tell you the amount of carpet required for one step. To calculate the full amount of carpet needed multiply this figure by the number of stairs. It's also worth knowing that sometimes you'll be able to carpet your stairs using excess cuts from another room, saving you money and helping ensure you've a coordinated look throughout your home!

Finding the Right Carpet for You

By taking these rough calculations to your local retailer, you’ll be able to have an informed conversation and identify the right carpet for you early in the process. Please note it’s important that your local carpet expert comes to visit your home and measure for themselves, ensuring they can plan the most economical way to lay the carpet. Click here to find your nearest Cormar carpet retailer.


Things to consider when ordering your carpet

Our carpets are made using different batches of yarn bought periodically which, naturally, can result in a nominal variance between colour and texture. This can be likened to fabric and wallpaper, where different batches originate from different production runs, leading to minor differences in pattern or colour.

As a consequence, colour matching between 4 & 5 metre widths, or carpet bought at different times, cannot be guaranteed due to the fact that the carpets will be produced from different batches of yarn. For the same reason, we recommend having your carpet installation planned from one width only (i.e. either 4 or 5 metre). We always recommend discussing this with your chosen retailer for further information and advice. Click here to find your local Cormar retailer.