How to Measure Linoleum


Linoleum remains a popular flooring choice because of its versatility. In kitchens and bathrooms, it stands up well to moisture. Because it's durable, it is an ideal choice for high-traffic areas. And since it does not generate static electricity, it is often used in rooms that house lots of electric equipment. But before you install this versatile material, you must measure first to know how much linoleum you will need.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Calculator
  • Measure the length and width of your room in feet. Convert inches into decimal points by dividing them by 12. For example, 14 feet, 3 inches would convert into 14.25 inches because 3/12 is .25.

  • Multiply the length of your room times its width to get the square footage. For example, if your room was 14.25 feet wide and 15.75 feet long, then the square footage of that room would be 224.44 square feet.

  • Add 10 percent to the square footage of your room. This extra tile will allow you to compensate for any mistakes. To add 10 percent, simply multiply the square footage of your room by 1.10. For example, the final square footage of linoleum needed for our hypothetical room would be 246.88 square feet or 224.44 x 1.10.

  • Determine how many tiles you will need. Determine the square footage of each tile or pack of tiles and then divide that into the square footage from step 3 to know how many tiles or packs of tiles you will need. For example, if a pack of linoleum tiles covers 64 square feet then our hypothetical room will need 4 packs to cover its floor because 246.88/64 is 3.8 and 4 is the nearest whole number. If the tiles come individually, and one tile is 1 square foot, our hypothetical room will need 247 tiles to cover it because 246.88/1 is 246.88 and 247 is the nearest whole number.

Tips & Warnings

  • You may want to consider buying a few more linoleum tiles than you think you will need to accommodate any future repairs. That style of linoleum may not always be available.

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