A guide to calculating how many flooring packs you need

When buying new wood flooring, there are lots of things to consider. You need to take account of how the room will be used, how the new floor will fit with your décor and more.

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Having decided on the right material for your room, you will need to work out how much flooring you will need to complete the job. This can be trickier than you might think, so here are some useful tips.

Pack Mentality

Laminate flooring is usually supplied in packs which will tell you how much they contain in square metres. Most packs are around one square metre, but they do vary so make sure you check.

To work out how many packs to buy from somewhere like https://www.woodfloorwarehouse.ie/laminate-flooring.html, you need to measure your room to find out how many square metres of floor area you have to cover.

Measure Twice

There’s an old DIY adage that says ‘measure twice, cut once’, and it applies equally well to buying flooring. Measure the length and width of your room and multiply the two figures together to get the square metres. If you have an L-shape or alcoves, treat them as a series of separate rectangles and add the totals together.

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Always add ten per cent to your final figure to allow for wastage (multiply your final figure by 1.1), and round up the number of packs you need. So if your area plus ten percent is 8.2sqm, you would buy nine 1sqm packs.