In today's growing society to provide housing, many older properties have been converted to allow the best usage of space as is possible. Many new builds are compact to provide the resident with all the necessities they require.

Therefore, rooms will not always be square and measuring a room can be a daunting experience. Remember to measure the widest and longest points of the room and go into alcoves, bay windows and if required, cupboards and over the door threshold, bearing in mind that the furthest point on one side may not be opposite the door, so make an allowance for this.

It is good practice to always allow 15cm / 6 inches on each measurement to allow for cutting in.

Below are a selection of different shaped areas to help you measure your room. Please remember that costs provided on customer's own measurements are for a guideline only. In order for us to give you an accurate cost, we would prefer to visit the property to take measurements and assess the overall works required.

Any works that are undertaken via a customer's request and measurements, which prove to be incorrect, we will not be liable for.

Lounge/Reception Room

To ensure that the flooring covers the complete area, you need to measure the widest and longest points.

It is goodpractice to take four measurements as opposed to just two, as many building, especially old buildings, do not run true.

Our diagram shows a standard London terrace house lounge/reception room with a bay window and a fireplace.

Make sure you measure into the bay and alcoves and also over the door threshold.



Our diagram shows a realately square room with an aperture at the door threshold. The measurement must go over the door threshold to allow for the aperture.

If the bedroom has built in wardrobes/cupboards and flooring is required to extend in to these areas, be sure to include into the back of the wardrobes/cupboards in your measurement.


Halls can be quite complicated as they can be an awkward shape as they allow access to many rooms.

Our diagram show a hall with three adjoining rooms. Measurements A & B are the widest and longest measurements of the hall, always remember to measure over the door threshold. Measurements A & B will allow the carpet/vinyl to be installed in one piece, as long as one of the measurements is no more that the width of the product.

However, due to the shape of some hallways, fitting the flooring in one piece can cause a lot of waste. If you are having carpet fitted, the waste can be used on stairs and landings (see below for measuring guides), if you have them. Another way to save on the waste, it many be possible to have the carpet installed with a join. Taking measurements such as 1,2 ,3 & 4 as shown onour diagram, will help establish if it is possible.

You can also upload your own plan showing as many measurements as possible via our contact page.



All thats required to price up stairs are the number of straight stairs and the number of winders (stairs that go round the corner) and the width of the step.

Our diagrams show what are straight stairs and what are winders. They also show where to measure for the width of the stair. Any steps that are on either side of a winder and are a different shape to a straight step, should be included in the number of winders.

Simply count the number of each sort of stair and give the measurement as shown on the diagram.

Some stairs have small half landing, which square and each side is the same width as the stair, please include this when requesting a price.


Landings can be just as daunting as halls. It is important to make sure that when measuring a landing that the measurement goes over and down to the step (see diagram 1).

Also the direction of the landing in relation to the stairs needs to be addressed in order the make sure the carpet pile runs in the same direction (see diagrams 2 & 3).

Many staircases have half landings, this landing is the transition between one flight of stairs to another, also rooms may run off this landing. When measuring a half landing (see diagram 4) remember to go over and down to the top step and over any door thresholds.



When measuring a kitchen you must remember to measure under any free standing appliances.

Our diagram show a kitchen with three appliances, 1 - Fridge, 2 - Washing Machine & 3 - Oven / Cooker. In order to have flooring under the appliances, you need to measure wall to wall as per our diagram, please bear in mind, that having flooring fitted under appliances will cause a lot of waste flooring.

If you are measuring a kitchen that has intergrated appliances, you only need to measure from kick panel to kick panel under the kitchen units and over the door threshold.


When measuring a bathroom, go from wall to wall and over the door threshold.

Remember to go from behind any fixtures like toilets and basins.

If you have a separate bathroom and W.C and the bathroom has a bath runs the length of the room, as the minimum width of vinyl is 2M, there will more than likely be waste, which maybe suitable for the W.C.