Content of the material

- Calculator Use
- Video
- What is Usable Square Footage?
- Jason Somers, President & Founder of Crest Real Estate
- Calculate the square footage of an oddly-shaped room
- Consider waste
- Consider asking a professional
- How to Measure Irregular Rooms
- Step One: Split up the Room
- Step Two: Calculate the Area of Each Section
- Step Three: Add the Areas Together
- Convert among square inch, square foot, square yard and square meter
- Converting Meters to Feet
- How do I figure our square feet from meters?
- Choosing materials

## Calculator Use

Use this calculator to find the square footage, square inches, square yardage, square meters or acres for a building, home, garden or construction project. Calculate square footage, inches, yardage, meters and acres for landscape, flooring, carpet, or tiling projects to estimate area and the amount of material you will need. Also calculate the cost of materials when you enter the price per square foot, price per square inch, price per square yard or price per square meter.

Price is entered in the fields, for example, as $ price: 3.00 per: 1 square unit: foot (ft²) meaning $3.00 per 1 square foot or $ price: 25.00 per: 1000 square unit: foot (ft²) meaning $25.00 per 1000 square feet etc ….

If you want to calculate volume of bulk materials such as mulch or gravel you should use our calculator for cubic yards and cubic meters.

Enter measurements in US units or metric units. Calculate area from your measurements in inches (in), feet (ft), yards (yd), millimeters (mm), centimeters (cm), or meters (m). You can also enter decimal values. For example, if you have one measurement that is 7’3" you can enter that as 7.25 feet (3"/12" = 0.25 ft). If you have a measurement of 245 cm you can also enter that as 2.45 m.

## Video

## What is Usable Square Footage?

If you’re involved in commercial real estate in any way, you may have heard the term *“usable square footage”*. **This term describes the total amount of square footage that a tenant is able to use, which excludes areas like hallways, stairwells, and lobbies**. When it comes to residential real estate, the usable square footage in your home refers to the amount of space that would count as your personal space.

Common areas like kitchens, living rooms, hallways, and storage closets wouldn’t count as usable square footage. With this information in hand, you should be able to calculate the actual square footage of your home as well as the usable square footage of your home.

Being able to calculate the square footage of you home can be very helpful when you’re attempting to sell your property or would like to complete a renovation. If you’re getting ready to renovate your entire kitchen, knowing the square footage of the floor will allow you to purchase the right amount of materials. Keep in mind that most flooring materials are priced by square feet.

Let’s say that hardwood flooring has a price of $10 per square foot. If your kitchen has a floor space of 175 square feet, the flooring would likely cost around $1,750. In the event that you work as an architect or structural engineer, knowing how to calculate the square footage of a space can be invaluable for your work.

Jason Somers, President & Founder of Crest Real Estate With over 15 years of professional experience in the Los Angeles luxury real estate market, Jason Somers has the background, judgement and track record to provide an unparalleled level of real estate services. His widespread knowledge helps clients identify and acquire income producing properties and value-ad development opportunities. Learn more about Jason Somers or contact us.

## Calculate the square footage of an oddly-shaped room

Rooms with complex shapes can be difficult to figure out. Some people try to figure out the square footage with a single calculation. This is where problems begin! The easiest way to calculate the square footage of an odd-shaped room is to divide it into even shapes, like squares or rectangles. You should then measure each of these shapes and multiply their lengths by their widths. Each of these multiplications can then be added together to give you the overall square footage of your room.

### Consider waste

When installing a new floor, you should always consider the waste factor. When ordering flooring materials, you should add around 10% to your total square footage. This is because some materials will become damaged due to errors, accidents and additional cuts. There’s nothing more frustrating than running out of materials during installation. Avoid this by adding an additional 10% for waste onto your flooring order.

### Consider asking a professional

If you are not confident with your calculation skills, you may want to hire an expert. A construction expert skilled in floor installations should be able to help work out square footage easily. It can also be worthwhile hiring a flooring installation worker if you have an odd-shaped room. If you are uncertain of how to correctly calculate, you may want to contact us. We can help you understand how to work out square footage of a house.

## How to Measure Irregular Rooms

Irregularly shaped rooms can prove to be a bit of challenge. It might seem counter intuitive to figure the square footage of a room that isn’t square, but just as before, this can be done in a few easy steps.

### Step One: Split up the Room

The first step is to divide the room up into multiple square sections. Separate complex areas or nooks into separate areas that can be measured separately from the rest of the room.

### Step Two: Calculate the Area of Each Section

When the room has been divided up into several imaginary square sections, figure the square footage of each one separately using the method above.

It might be easiest to sketch a simple floor outline of the room. Then, cross-section the room and identify the square sections.

Next, measure the edges of each each square section and calculate the square footage of each one just as before. Take note of the results of each section, you’ll need that in a moment.

### Step Three: Add the Areas Together

Once to total of each section has been figured, they can be added together. Add the area of each section to the total until you’ve accounted for all of the floor space on the sketch.

These steps are a great way to estimate how much material would be needed to complete a flooring project, for instance new carpet or hardwood.

However, this method of measuring a room will not work to estimate the area of walls or wall coverings. Estimating for drywall, paneling, paint or wallpaper will require a slightly different method of measuring.

Measuring the square footage of the walls in a room utilizes the same principles, but in a slightly different way.

## Convert among square inch, square foot, square yard and square meter

You could, for example, perform all of your measurements in inches or centimeters, calculate area in square inches or square centimeters then convert your final answer to the unit you need such as square feet or square meters.

To convert among square feet, yards and meters use the following conversion factors. For other units use our calculator for area conversions.

- Square Feet to Square Inches
- multiply ft
^{2}by 144 to get in^{2}

- multiply ft
- Square Feet to Square Yards
- multiply ft
^{2}by 0.11111 to get yd^{2}

- multiply ft
- Square Feet to Square Meters
- multiply ft
^{2}by 0.092903 to get m^{2}

- multiply ft
- Square Yards to Square Feet
- multiply yd
^{2}by 9 to get ft^{2}

- multiply yd
- Square Yards to Square Meters
- multiply yd
^{2}by 0.836127 to get m^{2}

- multiply yd
- Square Meters to Square Inches
- multiply m
^{2}by 1,550 to get in^{2}

- multiply m
- Square Meters to Square Feet
- multiply m
^{2}by 10.7639 to get ft^{2}

- multiply m
- Square Meters to Square Yards
- multiply m
^{2}by 1.19599 to get yd^{2}

- multiply m

## Converting Meters to Feet

If you’ve already measured the room in feet, you don’t have to remeasure. Instead, grab a calculator and make the conversion to meters by dividing the number of feet in each measurement by 3.2808. If your room measures 13 feet long on one side, after the conversion, you have

13 ÷ 3.2808 = 3.96 \text{ meters}## How do I figure our square feet from meters?

One square meter equals 10.76 square feet. To calculate square feet from meters, you should multiply the number of meters by 10.76.

### Choosing materials

If you are on a budget, the square footage of your room may influence your choice of flooring material. Large rooms require more materials, so you might want to consider lighter woods or composites in this case. If you would like more information on types of flooring, why not get in touch with Rhodium Floors today? Our friendly and experienced team will be happy to discuss your requirements.