laying carpet

Old 01-24-01, 04:43 PM
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i want to lay some carpet and i would to know how to measure the room to get square yardage. thank you
Old 01-28-01, 07:14 AM
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Carpet comes in widths of 12,13, and 15 foot wide, remember this. If a seam is needed, you never seam the factory edges. You always cut a fresh edge along the length, usually an inch or two from the edge to get into the good backing. The latex in the backings usually get skimped on the sides.

All the carpet grain must run the same direction if seaming or the seam will show. You will always have some waste unless your room is exactly 12', 23'9", or 35'6" wide.(12'widths with edge trimming for seams)

Say a 17'6" X 17'6" room...
You need one 17'6" X 12' cut and then 3" more then that or 9' X 12' so a total of 26'6" X 12'

So you will need 35.33 yards. I came up with that by taking the length(26.6) multiplied by the width(12)to get the sq ft.(318) then divide that by 9 and you get 35.33

Now if you have a 20 X 14 room you can get 2-14' cuts and put one long 14' seam or you can run it the other way and have a 20' cut and a 4' cut, less carpet by 4' and less waste, but you will need to piece the 2' fill along the side with 5-2' wide fill pieces. which means 4 "T" seams, and some carpets(loop pile "berber") don't seam too well across the width.

Some installers are charging by the foot for seaming to deter piecing. It would double the seam price..Say @ $5 ft... 14 ft would be $70 and 28 ft the other way would be $140.

Good luck and hope I helped??????

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