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Measuring Guide

This page offers a simple guide to measuring your rooms and even a basic hall, stairs and landing. If you require and further assistance please do not hesitate to email or call us.

Measuring rooms

Ideally your carpet or vinyl would be laid without seams but it is sometimes unavoidable or too costly to avoid so we give two examples for you to make the decision. REMEMBER pile direction - ideally you will always walk into the pile, and the pile always runs down the length of the carpet not the width.

Typical Basic Room Layouts

Measure A and B, making sure you measure into window/bay areas, furthest walls, and doorways (at least one inch past the door centre line). We would recommend measuring all lengths and widths in at least three places in case any walls run out or bow.
In figure 2, you can see a small recess on the right that would need a small join or a wider carpet if the width surpasses 4.00mtrs (the typical width of most carpets). In this example the waste from the left could be utilised to save money as the recess is unlikely to receive much traffic. Pile direction will always follow the B line in these examples.
Figure 1
Figure 2.
Typical Hall Stairs and Landings
The Landing
Measure A over the top step (shown as A) and allow 5cm to tuck in. 
Measure into every door way, making sure you have the longest measurements.
The correct way for the pile is to walk into the pile up the stairs, so walking onto the landing would be the length and the B measurement would come from the width of the carpet.
Figure 3.
The Stairs
The stairs need to be measured on every step, and the B measurement comes from the width of the carpet. Stairs can be a good way of using wastage as they can be cut and fitted singularly or in multiple step lengths. Please remember to allow and extra 5cm at the end of any length being used for stairs to allow for tucking in.
Figure 4
The Hallway
Measure the hallway in the same way as a room, with the B line being the width.
Figure 5
Half Landing
Fig 6 shows a half landing, not all staircases have them, if yours does then it is measured in the same way as the landing and in this example the A measurement would come from the width of carpet.
Figure 6
The Hall Stairs and Landing Jigsaw
So now you have all the areas measured .Take one sheet of paper and use the width of the paper to be the width of your carpet and redraw each section starting with the hallway and then fill in the areas best utilising to avoid wastage, but keep in your mind all widths must be placed as the width to allow for pile direction.
Figure 7
Other Handy Tips
  • If your previous carpet had dark edges this is usually caused by gaps under the skirting (the dark edges are dust/dirt captured by the carpet). We would recommend these gaps are filled prior to fitting.

  • Check to see if the doors will clear the new carpet and underlay. A joiner may be required to cut the doors after fitting.

  • Any gaps or squeaking floor boards should be repaired.

  • We would advise against using joins in loop pile carpets.

  • If they can’t be avoided place joins in recessed areas that are not used as much as other areas in the room.

  • Stray filaments of carpet pile should be cut using scissors (never pull them).

  • Always follow manufacturers cleaning instructions.

  • Avoid deep pile or Saxony carpet on stairs on stairs.
This information is supplied only as a guide, supplying measurements taken by yourself is done at your own risk. We will not be held responsible for errors if you incorrectly measure any areas.

All areas should be cleared of furniture and all old carpet & underlay removed prior to fitting