What Is a Broadloom Meter?
The term broadloom refers to carpeting. Broadloom meter is the basic unit of measurement for pricing and selling carpeting. Whereas tile and other floor coverings are sold by the square foot or square meter, carpeting is usually sold by the broadloom meter.
Broadloom Meter Area
Because carpeting jobs cover different sizes of floor area, carpet is usually sold in the most practical width possible, that being 3.66 meters. The area of a broadloom meter is therefore 1 meter by 3.66 meters, or 3.66 square meters.
Coverting to Square Feet
Converted for feet, 3.66 meters equals 12 feet, and one meter equals 3.28 feet. A broadloom meter of 1 by 3.66 meters would therefore equal 3.28 by 12 feet, or 39.36 square feet.
Covering a Two-Bedroom Apartment
Suppose you wanted to install carpeting in the living room and bedrooms of your two-bedroom apartment. Assuming your master bedroom measures 15 by 11 feet (165 square feet), your second bedroom measures 10 by 10 feet (100 square feet) and your living room measures 18 by 14 feet (252 square feet). You would need a total of 517 square feet for the job. Divide by 39.36 to find that you will need 13.135 broadloom meters.
Philippe Lanctot started writing for business trade publications in 1990. He has contributed copy for the "Canadian Insurance Journal" and has been the co-author of text for life insurance company marketing guides. He holds a Bachelor of Science in mathematics from the University of Montreal with a minor in English.
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