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How to work out how many packs of flooring to buy?

Whether you’re buying tiles, laminate, vinyl or any other kind of flooring, you’ll need to know how much to buy.

Luckily, it’s a fairly easy calculation. If you’re wondering how to work out how many packs of flooring to buy, just follow these simple steps.

1. Calculate your room’s size

First things first, you’ll need to measure the room you’re looking to install the flooring in to work out how many square metres (m2) you have to cover.

Simply measure the length and width of the room, and multiply the two.

For instance, if your room measures 3m2 by 2m2, your square meterage is 6m2 (3 x 2 = 6).

2. Add wastage

We’d always recommend getting more flooring than you think you’ll need. This will account for wastage, such as cuts, breakages and mistakes.

If you end up with flooring left over at the end of your project, this isn’t an issue, rather, it’ll cover you in case of accidents. The last thing you want is to damage a piece of your newly installed flooring and then struggle to find a replacement piece from the same batch.

Usually, if you’re laying your flooring in a standard configuration, it’s recommended to add in 10% wastage.

So, if your room measures 6m2, you’ll want to get enough flooring to cover 6.6 m2 (110% of 6 is 6.6).

3. Check the coverage of one pack of flooring

Once you’ve chosen your flooring, check how many square metres one pack covers.

This should be clearly written on the pack. For example, one pack of your chosen flooring might cover 2m2.

Sometimes, the packaging will have a handy chart printed on it to show you how many packs you need to cover rooms of various sizes. However, if yours doesn’t, it’ll be easy to work it out for yourself. Which brings us onto…

4. Calculate the number of packs

Finally, it’s time to work out how many packs of flooring you need!

Simply take the square meterage of your room and divide it by the square metre coverage of one pack of flooring.

Let’s go back to our previous example and imagine that you need enough flooring to cover 6.6m2 (including wastage). And let’s also imagine that one box of your chosen flooring covers 2m2.

In this case, you just need to divide 6.6 by 2, to get to 3.3. That’s how many boxes of flooring you need!

Now, obviously, you’re unlikely to be able to buy just part of a box of flooring. So, you’ll usually need to round this up to the nearest whole number and purchase 4 boxes. The bonus is that you’ll have plenty of extra flooring that might come in useful in case of mistakes or issues later down the line.

Get the help of a professional

Don’t have the time or energy to install your flooring yourself? Why not enlist the help of a professional flooring installer?

Not only will they be able to calculate how many packs of flooring to buy for you, but they’ll also be able to install your flooring to a professional standard that’s sure to last long into the future.

To learn more, check out our guides on the cost of installing laminate, vinyl, wooden flooring or tiles.

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