Once you have the total square footage of your space you need to add an additional 10% to get the amount of flooring you need (we calculate this for you on our product page). This is critical for a number of reasons, such as if you make cuts and can’t use an entire board, boards get damaged during installation (it happens more than you’d think), any repairs that need to be made, as well as a safety net for any measuring errors. Running short is a costly and time consuming mistake. Having some material left over at the end of the job is a sign you did it right!
Finally, it is important to note that while this is a basic guide, every job requires different specifics and challenges. Things like the thickness of the floor, the clearance of the cabinets, and door jams, etc. may need to be accounted for. It is wise to have a professional check your work, and make sure you order what you need for your specific job.
Questions? We’re happy to walk you through it.