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Why you need an installer to measure for carpet

By Sandra Shackelford  •  0 comments  •   2 minute read

The amount of carpet needed varies based on the unique characteristics of your room. The reasons listed here are why a professional installer’s visit to your home is essential for ensuring the correct amount of carpet is ordered.

Width and Pattern Repeat of the Product

Our wall to wall carpet is made in a 12’ fixed width and each design has its own pattern repeat. All carpet must be ordered in a 12’ width times the desired length with the possibility of adding a few extra feet to satisfy the completion of the pattern repeat.

It’s easy to underestimate how much product is needed because you will need more carpet than what simple ‘length times width’ calculations would otherwise indicate to ensure the end result looks beautiful and professional.

Where Carpet Seams Meet

Placement of the seams is very important. Seams need to be carefully positioned so they don’t end up in traffic flow areas. Otherwise, you will end up with seams that fray.

How Floors Transition Between Rooms

Carpet, Hardwood, Laminate, Tile, and Vinyl need to run the same way. If you “piece” in Carpet, texture and pattern will look different across rooms. Flooring boards need to flow between rooms or it will look like rooms were completed at separate times. The same goes for Tile and Vinyl. If rooms touch, the way the product is installed needs to match up.

Wall Angles

Not all rooms are easy-to-measure perfect squares or rectangles. Even slightly angled walls require special consideration and can change the requirements and costs, based on the unique room’s shape.


When a column or cutout is included in your room, it alters the way carpeting or flooring needs to be installed. It’s not always as simple as going around the column or adding in the cutout.

Closets & Hallways

Often overlooked in simple room size measurements, the direction of the carpet or flooring must also follow in the same direction as the room itself. These are extensions of the main rooms and should be installed in the same direction to avoid color differences.



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