How to Calculate the Yardage Measurements for Carpet

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Carpet is sold by the square foot or the square yard. Finding the area of your space yourself takes just minutes and saves you the cost of a professional estimate. Grab a measuring tape and a notepad to get started on the first step to purchasing new carpet.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Notepad
  • Pencil
  • Calculator
  • Measure the length and width of the room in feet, but omit alcoves, closets and hallways. Write the width and length measurements on the notepad.

  • Measure the width and length in feet of any alcoves, closets or hallways adjacent to the main room, which will also be carpeted.

  • Multiply the length and width of the main room to determine that area in square feet. For instance, a 10 foot by 9 foot bedroom would have a square footage of 10 x 9 = 90 square feet.

  • Calculate the square footage of alcoves, closets or hallways by multiplying the length and width of those spaces. For example, the 6 foot by 6 foot closet would have a square footage of 6 x 6 = 36 square feet.

  • Divide both of the areas in square feet by nine to find the yardage of each area. For example, the bedroom would have a square yardage of 90/9 = 10 square yards, and the closet would have a square yardage of 36/9 = 4 square yards.

  • Add the square yardage of all areas to be carpeted to determine the total amount of yardage needed. In the example above: 10 square yards + 4 square yards = 14 square yards.

  • Multiply the total yardage by 1.10 to add a 10 percent overage to allow for miscuttings and matching patterns. For the example: 14 x 1.10 = 15.40 square yards.

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