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A Guide on How to Measure

Tips to Help You Estimate
Your Space

Before visiting a showroom or browsing online for new flooring, it is best to have an idea of how much space you plan on covering so you can better sift through the options and find a solution that not only meets your style, but also your budget. We’ll guide you through the basics to help you get started. There are more specific techniques by each flooring category that our professional estimators will use to determine the final quantities needed for ordering your flooring but the below guide will give you a rough idea of how to measure your space for new flooring!

Tools Needed
Paper & Pencil
Tape Measure

We suggest you write down your room totals and measurements as you go. You can also draw a rough sketch of your rooms where your new flooring will be installed and write the dimensions on the drawing.

Download our room sketch sheet here

How to Measure for Flooring


Step 1

Measure the length and width of each room at its longest or widest point. You should round up to the nearest half foot.

For Example
If your room is 10’ 4” wide, you should round up to 10’ 6” wide. This is easiest for when you are calculating final measurements and convert that to a decimal. Your new measurement is 10.5 ft

Step 2

Multiply your length and width measurements to determine the total number of square feet in your room.

For Example
10’ wide and 15’ long: 10.5 x 15 = 150 square ft

Step 3

Add together the sums of each room you are planning to cover with new flooring.

For Example
Bedroom 1 = 200 square ft, Bedroom 2 = 150 square ft. Total Square Feet needed = 350 square ft


Finding the square footage of an odd-shaped room does require a few more math steps. You should measure each “rectangle” separately the best you can and then add together the sums for your estimated square footage. And remember, one of our professional Estimators will visit your home to do final measurements free of charge to make sure you are covered. They will determine any other conditions that may impact the installation process. They will also be sure to include enough overage on the material to allow for the final project as well as for future repairs if you need it. By ordering “extra” material you will be sure to have product that matches and is from the same production run.

How to Measure for Window Treatments


When you visit one of our showrooms, our team will be able to provide you pricing for standard size windows if you don’t have approximate measurements with you, but it is important to note that each window is unique and every window will be measured individually for its intended window treatment prior to final ordering.

Before you begin, you will need to decide if you would like your window treatment to be mounted on the inside of the window frame or on the outside of the window frame, because you will have to measure accordingly.

Step 1

Draw or make a list of the windows for your project to record your measurments.

Step 2

Inside Mounted Window Treatment

Measure both the width and height inside the window frame from top of window to sill using a steel tape measure.

Outside Mounted Window Treatment

Measure the height from the top of the window frame to the sill and the width from the edges of the frame using a steel tape measure.

Hunter Douglas window treatments are custom fabricated for your windows only. Since accuracy is key, our professional estimators will measure each of your windows, free of charge, to make ensure that your final product has a proper fit.

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