Measuring for a Landing Carpet

16 November 2023

A step-by-step guide

Measuring a landing for carpet installation requires careful attention to detail to ensure accurate dimensions and an optimal fit. 

Measuring for a Landing Carpet

Here's a step-by-step guide to help you measure a landing:

1. Gather the necessary tools: You will need a tape measure, a pencil or a pen, a notepad or paper, and a calculator if desired.
2. Clear the landing area: Remove any furniture, objects, or debris from the landing to provide a clear and unobstructed space for measurement.
3. Identify the landing area: Determine the precise area where you want to install the carpet. A landing is typically the horizontal platform, such as the top or bottom of a set of stairs, connecting different floors.
4. Start measuring: Begin by measuring the width and length of the landing. Use the tape measure to measure from one side of the landing to the opposite side for the width. Measure from the front edge to the back edge for the length, including over the lip of the landing to the stairs. Note down both measurements.
5. Repeat measurements: Take multiple measurements of the width and length to ensure accuracy. Record all measurements and calculate the average, as this can help account for any slight variations or irregularities in the landing.
7. Add extra allowance for installation: To ensure the carpet covers the entire landing and facilitates installation, it's common practice to add some extra length and width to the measurements. Typically, adding 5-10 cm to both the length and width is a good rule of thumb, but consult with the carpet installer for their specific recommendations.
8. Confirm the measurements: Double-check all recorded measurements, calculations, and allowances to avoid errors. It's crucial to ensure accuracy before proceeding with purchasing or ordering carpeting.
9. Consult with a professional: If you feel unsure about measuring the landing or have a complicated layout, it's always advisable to consult with a professional carpet installer. They can guide you through the process, provide accurate measurements, and recommend the right amount of carpet needed.

A sketch of the landing with measurements and where the stairs are is also a good idea.

By following these steps, you will be well-prepared to measure a landing for carpet installation accurately. Remember, precision is essential for achieving a seamless and professional carpeting outcome.


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