How to Convert Square Feet Into Yards for Flooring

Flooring materials such as carpet are often sold by the square yard.
You must know the square footage and square yards of a room when purchasing flooring.You must know the square footage and square yards of a room when purchasing flooring.
To determine how much carpet you need for a room requires converting the square footage of the room into yards. This conversion requires some measuring and math to determine how many square feet and yards there are.

Step 1

Measure your room with a tape measure across both the length and width. Multiply the two distances together to determine the square footage of the room. For example, if the room is 10 feet by 12 feet, the total square footage in the room is 120 feet.

Step 2

Calculate how many feet are in a square yard by multiplying the length and the width together. A square yard is 3 feet wide and 3 feet long. This means there are 9 square feet within a square yard.

Step 3

Divide the number of square feet of your room established in Step 1 by 9 to determine how many square yards are required. For example, 120 square feet divided by 9 is 13.33 square yards.

Things You Will Need

  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Calculator

Tip

  • You'll need to know more than the square yardage needed when purchasing flooring. You must also consider the width and length of the carpet being sold, which may require that excess carpet be purchased.

About the Author

Michael Carpenter has been writing blogs since 2007. He is a mortgage specialist with over 12 years of experience as well as an expert in financing, credit, budgeting and real estate. Michael holds licenses in both real estate and life and health insurance.