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# How do I measure my floor area?

When you are thinking about purchasing new bamboo flooring, you will need to accurately measure your room.  If you mis-calculate you run the risk of not ordering enough flooring, or having far too much.  If you order too much and end up with pack of flooring left over, then you will be able to return them as long as they are unopened and have not been damaged.  If you have ordered too little and run out of flooring, you will probably be able to order some more of the same type.  This is risky though, as it could be a different batch number, which may have slightly different colour variations, or the flooring may be out of stock or even discontinued.

### Tips on measuring a floor area

Before you start measuring your room, it is important to follow this advice:

1. Measure your room accurately. Never guess or assume you already know the measurements.
2. If possible, measure the area in meters. Bamboo flooring is sold in meters so it makes things much easier.
3. Always remember to double check your calculations on a calculator.
4. You should add on 5% to your floor area for wastage. If you are using parquet block bamboo flooring then we would advise adding on 10%  because there is always additional waste.
5. If you are unsure about anything, please let us know as we can double check any calculations for you.

You will need to have the following in order to measure your floor area:

1. Pencil & paper, or something to write with
2. Tape measure to do the actual measuring
3. Calculator to check your calculations

### How to measure a simple shaped floor area?

If your area is a simple square or rectangle shape then it is quite simple to work out how much flooring you will need.  Have a look at this example: 1. Start by measuring the length of the room (4m)
2. Then measure the width of the room (3m)
3. Calculate the floor area by Multiplying the length by the width (4m x 3m = 12m²)
4. Your floor area is 12m². Now you need to add on 5% to account for any wastage (12m² x 1.05 = 12.6m²)
5. You will need to order at least 6m² of bamboo flooring

### How to measure a more complicated shaped floor area?

If your room is not a standard square or rectangle shape then you can still work out the floor area.  Have a look at this example: 1. Start by drawing the shape of the room on a piece of paper
2. Now spilt the room into manageable sections of either squares or rectangles
3. Label each section with A or B (more if needed)
4. Firstly start with section A and measure the length (5m)
5. Now measure the width of section A (3.5m)
6. Calculate the area of section A by multiplying the length and width (5m x 3.5m = 17.5m²)
7. The floor area of section A is 5m²
8. You can now move on to section B and measure the length (9m)
9. Now measure the width of section B (4m)
10. Calculate the area of section B by multiplying the length and width (9m x 4m = 36m²)
11. The floor area of section B is 36m²
12. To calculate the total floor area, simply add together the area of section A and section B (17.5m² + 36m² = 53.5m²)
13. The total floor area is 5m². Now you need to add on 5% to account for any wastage (53.5m² x 1.05 = 56.175m²)
14. You will need to order at least 175m² of flooring

If you have any problems, odd shaped room, or would prefer a second opinion, you can send us a floor plan and we will calculate the floor area for you.