How to Measure for Kitchen Flooring

Replacing old kitchen flooring with a modern design that complements your home decor is a great way to breathe new life into your home. Not only will the floor be easier to clean and maintain, but a new color scheme provides opportunities to customize the look and feel you desire in your kitchen. Flooring is generally sold by the square foot and requires careful measuring and calculation to assure it will fit. Determining the square footage of a room is quick and easy once you understand the process.

Measure for Kitchen Flooring
  1. Measure the length of the room with measuring tape. Odd numbers should be rounded up to the nearest foot, so a floor that measures 12 feet 7 inches should be rounded to 13 feet. Record this number. Measure the width of the room following the same procedure.

  2. Multiply the length by the width to calculate the area in square feet. A room that is 12 feet by 12 feet requires 144 square feet of flooring.

  3. Always measure the floor at the widest point. Sections under counters and appliances must be accounted for unless the counters or appliances are stationary.

  4. Measure L-shaped rooms in two sections if you will be cutting and installing the flooring with a seam between the two areas. This is the least expensive and easiest to install. Otherwise L-shaped areas must be calculated as though they cover the entire width or length of the room and the excess flooring must be cut and removed.

  5. Multiply the number of square feet by the price per square foot to calculate the total price of the new flooring.

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Nannette Richford is an avid gardener, teacher and nature enthusiast with more than four years' experience in online writing. Richford holds a Bachelor of Science in secondary education from the University of Maine Orono and certifications in teaching 7-12 English, K-8 General Elementary and Birth to age 5.