The measurements of hardwood flooring can be tricky if you don’t know what to measure. Not all wood is the same, and not all woods are good for every situation. Some woods will need a lot more upkeep than others, while some may last a lifetime with little to no maintenance at all.
Determine the Shape and Layout of the Room
Before you choose any hardwood flooring, determining what shape your room is and where the doors and rooms are located will be helpful in figuring out which type of wood to get. This will also help you determine how much material you’ll need for the job when purchasing it at a store (hardwood can cost up to $10 per square foot!). It’ll be easier to do this before you start picking out the wood, but if you’ve already done so, it’s not too late. Once you have your measurements of the flooring area in your room, you can choose which type of hardwood will work best for that size.
Do a measurement and calculate the size of the room.
The first thing you need to do is figure out how big your room is. There are two ways to do this. The easiest way is to stand in the center of the room, walk 10 steps in one direction, and then 10 steps back again. Then, you measure the distance between where you started and where you ended up with a measuring tape. Once you know how far you walked, divide that distance by 10 to get the size of the room in feet (it should be about 16 feet long). The other way to measure your room is to start at one corner and sketch an outline of the area with chalk/pencil on the flooring surface.
Write down the area measurements in square feet.
Another way to figure out the size of a room in square feet is to go in the center of the room and measure how many steps it takes from one corner to another. There are 16 inches per foot, so divide that number by 16. Some people find it helpful to sketch an outline of their room on the flooring surface with chalk or pencil, but this also has the disadvantage of being more difficult for someone else to clean up.
Make sure your hardwood flooring suits your needs and budget
You should also keep in mind the durability and appearance of the flooring you buy. Are you looking for water-resistant floors? Is there a certain color to match your other furniture? Or, are you looking for something that will be more affordable? These are all things to take into consideration when choosing hardwood flooring.
Figure out how much you need
You want your hardwood flooring to be just right, so make sure you determine all your needs in advance before you start shopping. You can choose between different types of wood that vary in color and strength, so make sure you know what you want before you even start looking at wood types.
Take into account the measurements of your hardwood flooring area, what type of wood you want to use, how much it will cost, and how durable it will be. After you take all that into account, you’ll have a great idea of what your hardwood flooring should look like!