How To Measure Materials

Before you start marching into the home improvement store to purchase your materials for your new project, you should think about how much you’re going to need and if you’ve even got the correct measurements. Having incorrectly measured materials isn’t always the worst thing that can happen while you’re remodeling if you have an excess of materials to work with, however, if you don’t have enough materials or if the materials are far too short compared to what you actually need for the project, it’s going to cause a lot of problems. It doesn’t matter if you’re installing flooring, buying lumber, or even just painting; not having enough of what you need is an issue and can be very costly in the long run.

If you’ve never worked on a remodeling project before, you might not realize that some materials require different types of measurements. In consideration of that, what you ‘guesstimate’ might not be the most suitable option and if you’ve used the wrong type of measuring tool to figure out how much of a material you may really need, you might realize that you don’t have the appropriate amount at all by the time you start working on your project. A few good ways to avoid this are to research on the internet or to pick up a simple book about measuring tools and how they correlate to various DIY projects. Some home improvement companies even have their own little ‘tool kits’ which provide you with all of the information and proper tools that you need in order to measure your materials.

Some sites on the internet also have a few ‘calculators’ which you can use to make some estimations and figure out your materials via the use of some general information you’ll input into some text boxes. This can be helpful if you’re completely new to the idea of measuring your materials and you’re still not quite certain how much you really need for a project. If you’re completely unsure of what you might need, think about stopping by your local home improvement store and asking the representatives there if they can provide you with a little guidance. Most of the people that work there are experienced with some form of remodeling or DIY projects and they may know exactly what you need. If not, they might be able to recommend you to a contractor or other professional that can provide you with a quote and some suggestions to help you out.

Remember to measure your materials more than once. Sometimes you might not get the most accurate measurement during your initial try. By measuring your materials a few times, you can get a better result. Another factor to keep in mind is that you should always calculate the square footage of the various rooms and spaces that you will be working in. This will ensure that you always have enough materials based on the amount of space in your room.

Amy Wright
Amy Wright is the Lead Editor of Remodeling Central. When she isn't playing with her dogs she is trying to remodel a classic Chicago style brownstone with her husband.

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