# The Way to Calculate How Much Wood You&#39;re Going to Need for Floors

Installing a hardwood flooring adds value and beauty to your home. The simplicity of calculating the quantity of timber needed to cover your flooring depends on the type of wood flooring you’re purchasing. Typical room sizes and standardized wood flooring make doing the mathematics simple, while custom houses and randomly sized wood involves more complex calculations.

Assess the area to be covered by the flooring in foot. In case the space is a square or rectangle, measure width and length. When it has oddly shaped areas or additions such as a foyer or closet, measure those areas individually and add the square footage to the total.

Multiply length times width to obtain the square footage of your region. A 12-by-14-foot space has 168 square foot, for example.

Check the amount of square feet covered by one instance of your intended wood flooring. Divide the total square feet of your region by the amount in one case. If the information on the item indicates that one instance covers 24 square feet, for example, and you’ve got a 12-by-14-foot space, then divide 168 by 24 to get 7. You’d purchase seven cases of timber flooring.

Multiply your square foot total by 1.38 if you’re buying random length strip flooring sold by the foot. For the example 168-square-foot space, multiply 168 by 1.38 for approximately 232 linear feet of hardwood floors.

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