How to Calculate Square Footage

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To calculate the square footage of a room, use a tape measure and measure the length and width dimensions. Calculate the square footage with tips from an experienced handyman in this free video on home remodeling supplies.

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This is Nigel Gregory with Blue Griffin Handyman. Today we are going to show you how to calculate the square footage of a room or an area that you would like to tile or put brick work or what not. First what you want to do is take a tape measure and measure the length of the area that you want to calculate and I'm going to use this piece of paper as like a diagram for the room or the area. The length would be the long ways of the room and then you want to measure the width of the room and write those down on your sheet of paper. Let's say it was 10 X 10 so let's say you put 10 X 10 and you'll multiply that by each other and it is 100 square feet or if it's 10 X 15, 150 square feet so have someone help you use the tape measure and hold it on one side of the room. That way you can get an accurate measurement of how far the distance is. When you measure the square footage if it is say 5 and 1/2 feet and 1 inch or so I would just round up typically because when you are buying your materials and what not you want to have a little bit of overage in case you make a mistake or something like that. But basically you just take the length times the width and that will give you, multiple those two numbers and that will give you the square footage of the area that you want to work with. That's how to calculate the square footage of an area.

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