When contacting FDP to make a carpet request it can be very helpful 
                           to have a ROUGH idea of how much carpet you will be needing.  
          
          Calculating Carpet
          To help you estimate how much carpet you may need and approximate the possible cost for budgeting 
          purposes we have included a little background information.  Ninety percent of broadloom carpet is 
          manufactured in rolls 12 feet wide. (Ocasionally 15 ft widths or other sizes may be available, but usually 
          LESS THAN 12 ft WIDE,  If the area you are carpeting is carpet is ordered in 12 foot roll widths.)
          (or if you are purchasing CARPET TILES) then measuring for carpet is easy to calculate and instructions 
          are given in the section below. 


          Measuring for Carpet IN AREAS LESS THAN 12 FEET WIDE & for Carpet Tiles   
                                                                (Rough Estimate Only)
          In order to calculate the amount of carpet you need for a room you first need to calculate 
          the total square feet of the area you want to cover.  To determine a floor's square footage, 
          multiply the length times the width in feet. When measuring, round UP to the nearest foot 
          measuring both the longest and the widest part of the room (and halfway out into all doorways).


          Measuring for Carpet In Areas GREATER than 12 ft Wide    (Rough Estimate Only)
          If you have a room that is wider than 12 feet you will need to have a seam(s). And this is where 
          measuring gets more complicated and should be calculated by your carpet professional. 
          Ideally you want to minimize the amount of seams as much as possible.

          EXAMPLE: You want to carpet an area 16 feet  wide x 16 feet  long using a 12 foot wide roll of carpet. 
                                     The main piece of carpet would be 12 ft wide (the width of the roll) x 16 foot long.   
                                     Since the room is 16 ft wide an additional 4 ft wide by 16 ft long strip will have to be seamed 
                                     along side.    (16 ft wide room - 12 ft wide roll = 4 additional feet on the side) 
                                     To install with only one seam, you would have to order a 34 foot length of carpet.
                                    Here is the breakdown:   one 12 foot x 16 foot main piece + one 12 ft x 16 foot piece 
                                          (to cut a 4 foot side piece) plus 1 foot to each length to cover irregularites***     
                                                                  (16 + 1)  + (16 + 1)  =  34 ft length  x 12 foot roll 

          For irregularly shaped floors(Rough Estimate Only)
          Sketch a floorplan. Square off all areas into individual sections. 
          (Be sure to measure into doorways.) Once in individual sections, 
          measure each section with a tape measure, writing down the 
          Length & Width of each area on your floor plan. Calculate the square 
          footage in each section by multiplying the L x W in each section. 
          To determine your TOTAL square footage just add all the individual 
          sections together. 





                           




          For Stairs(Rough Estimate Only)

          Total Square Footage of Stairs   =   ( # of steps x 2) x Width of Steps

          Measure the Width of the stairway. (Round inches UP to the nearest foot). 
          Length = the number of steps in the stairway multiplied by 2 (feet).








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Carpet projects often require additional expenses for other materials - besides the carpet itself - PLUS the installation cost. 

So when planning your budget don't forget to include such things as padding, tack strips, 
transition strips, 
seaming strips, backing tape or adhesive;
PLUS labor charges 
for rip-up of old carpet &/or for removal & disposal (if needed), 
floor prep, cutting doors & trim work, PLUS the 
installation labor.



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  FDP will come to you for a FREE, no obligation, consultation visit. 
  A carpet professional will bring samples directly to your space & will   accurately measure your areas, to determine exactly how much carpet 
  is needed. Ourr experienced & knowlegable calculations factor in the
  carpet roll widths and the install layout plus variations due to seaming,
  carpet grain, texture &  pile direction, &  repeating pattern adjustments.  
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Formulas to Convert  Different Unit Prices for Cost Comparison

When looking for carpet you may notice that different companies might 
advertise their carpet specials using different units of measure. 

Price per square foot is the unit price or base price that the other figures 
are based on. Knowing these formulas will help you compare items dollar for dollar. 

                                                                    FORMULA                         SAMPLE:
    Price per sq ft = Base Unit Price                                                    $4 per sq ft
    Price Per Linear Foot     =        Unit Price x  Width of Roll        $4  x 12 ft wide = $48 
    Price per square yard     =        Unit Price x   9  {9 sq ft to a sq yd}    $4  x                =  $36


TO CONVERT SQUARE FOOTAGE TO SQUARE YARDAGE:
Divide the square footage total by 9. 
A yard is 3 ft long, so a square yard is a square that is 3 ft x 3 ft  =  9 sq ft
The price per square yard  =  9 x the price of a square foot

TO CONVERT LINEAR FOOTAGE (of a 12 ft roll) TO SQUARE YARDAGE:
Multiply the linear feet  x 1.333 to get your square yard figure.


   *** Always add an additional 10% to your total figures 
       to cover room irregularities, accommodations for carpet grain 
      & texture, seaming, pattern repeats, baseboards, thresholds... 
           This extra 10% is needed to insure that you have enough 
           material so as not to run short during the carpet install.
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