With a new year comes fresh opportunities to improve your home. One of the most important areas to focus on is your carpeting. With the right measurements, you can ensure a perfect fit and avoid costly mistakes. Here are three tips to help you get started:

3 Important Carpet Measuring Tips

Avoid estimating the measurements

It seems obvious, but some people try to skip this step—don’t. Measure the floor space where the carpet will go, and write these measurements out on a piece of paper (it doesn’t have to be to scale).

Most carpets come in 12-foot widths, and when you cut a carpet to fit a room that demands something smaller than that, the most important thing to avoid is cutting the carpet too small for one of the dimensions.

Place the end of a tape measure along the edge of the floor and extend it to the other side of the room. Add four inches to the measurement you took and record it. Do this with both the width and the length of the room. If you want to be extra cautious, add six additional inches onto the measurement as an extra insurance policy. Source: DoItYourself

Position carpet seams accurately

Similar to pattern matching, carpeting seam positioning is a subtle, yet absolutely essential. Seams that are too close to the focal point of a room can be extremely distracting, and can take away from the overall effect you’re trying to create. This isn’t just about your carpet installation; it can effect the whole aesthetic of your space. With this in mind, at the carpet measuring stage, you will need to make sure that any carpet seams are as far away from focal points as possible. Source: BuildDirect

Let the pros handle anything too complicated

The math gets much more difficult if your room layout has slanting or curved sides. As well, you might have an island, stove, or fireplace hearth you will need to carpet around. For these challenges, it may be best to have the room measured by a professional. Source: TheSpruce

Follow these tips if you want your carpets to not only look good but also last for years. If you need help with anything carpet-related, don’t hesitate to contact us!