How to Measure Out How Much Orage Peel You Will Need

Measuring how much orange peel you will need after repairing or replacing a section of sheetrock, or completely redoing an entire room, is an easy job that only requires some basic tools.

Tools You'll Need:

  • Tape measure
  • Pen and paper

Step 1: Measure the Square Footage

Use the tape measure and measure the length and width of the entire area that you need to apply the orange peel to. After you get these measurements, multiply them together to get the total square footage of the area or room.

Step 2: Calculate Drywall Mud Needed

During this step, you must have the box or bag of mud that you plan to use sitting next to you. The reason for this is because different brands will cover different square footage amounts. After you have the brand that you want, find the dimensions that it claims for coverage when using orange peel texturing. Measure slightly more than the amount suggested, and mix with water until you have the consistency of pancake batter.

Step 3: Texture the Area

Apply onto the area using the texture gun until you match the pattern that you want, or if doing an entire room, the pattern that you want the room to look like.

Measuring the amount of orange peel needed is a simple process that demands a few tools and basic math knowledge, that can be accomplished by any homeowner.