Tips For Measuring Your Rooms Correctly

If you’ve never done it before then measuring a room can seem like a fairly daunting task. However, with a little simple advice, it is very achievable. In this article, we’ll explain how to measure a room and ensure that you get the correct dimensions. This means that you can be certain that any rugs you order or hire from us will fit superbly into your home.

The basic measuring

Those of you with good memories will remember learning at school how to work out the area of a square or rectangle. The good news is that measuring the size of a typical room works in just the same way. Measure the width and length of the room at the longest points and then multiply the two figures together. This will give you the area of the room in total. We’ll cover how to measure more oddly shaped rooms later on in this article.

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Getting the conversion right

It’s likely that your measuring tape gives you measurements in either inches or centimetres but you may well want to get a final figure in square yards. Thankfully, this is pretty easy as well, although we would recommend a calculator. If you want to convert from square inches to square yards, simply multiply the two numbers together as normal and then divide the answer by 36. You now have the figure in square yards.


If you’re moving from centimetres to metres then you simply divide the number by 100 (brainier individuals may be able to do this one in their head). This helpful conversion calculator will ensure your conversion are correct.

Drawing the room

The key to drawing any room effectively is to find a scale and stick to it. For those of you who favour imperial measures, 1 inch = 1 yard is a good scale to choose. Metric fans might want to consider something close to 1cm = 50cm. It doesn’t really matter what scale you choose, what’s important is that you choose a scale that works for you and you stick to it. Make sure that you have a ruler to help you measure and get a really straight line and take note of any furniture and other objects that are already in place in the room when you’re preparing your drawing. Remember that the drawing should give a good sense of the room to someone who has never been there.

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Dealing with irregular shapes

If your room has triangular areas then don’t despair. Simply measure the width and height of these areas, multiply the two numbers together and divide your answer by two (it might be time to grab that calculator again). To get the area of the whole room, measure the largest possible square or rectangular area in the centre of the room and add on the area of these little fiddly bits to get your total. Drawing the room as we discussed above should make this whole process easier.


Hopefully, this article has shown that measuring the area of your room shouldn’t be a daunting task. We wish you luck in your measuring endeavours.


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