Follow these simple steps to determine how much vinyl flooring you will need.

When you specify a beautiful vinyl floor for your client’s project, it is important to know how to calculate for vinyl flooring square footage accurately. This will help you project the cost, and ensure that the product you are recommending is realistic for the project budget. Plus, you will prove yourself as a subject expert to your client and someone that they can trust.

Luckily, calculating the amount of vinyl floor needed for the space is relatively simple! Just follow these 3 simple steps and you will know how to measure vinyl flooring from here on out:

Step 1: Measure The Space

Time to break out your trusty tape measure. You will need the total length and total width of the space. Don’t forget to measure any closets, nooks, and crannies that will also need to be covered.

How to calculate square footage for vinyl flooring

Step 2: Calculate Square Footage

The calculation for square footage is very simple:  Length x Width = Square Footage

Take the image above as an example:

Room: 9′ x 10′ = 90 Sq. Ft.

Closet: 2′ x 5′ = 10 Sq. Ft.

Total Square Footage Needed = 100 Sq. Ft.


Step 3: Add Overage and Confirm Your Calculation

When ordering vinyl flooring, it is imperative to account for cuts and waste. That is why you always add overage to the order. We recommend adding a minimum of 10%. If your flooring has any kind of pattern repeat, 20% is recommended.

In the example above, we would order somewhere between 110-120 sq. ft. of flooring.

It really is that simple! However, it never hurts to check with your retailer or your installer to make sure that your measurements match up with theirs. If you’ve followed all three of these steps, you are ready to order.


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