Thursday, 26 November 2015
Measuring the carpet size for an office is an art and a skill that requires careful planning so as to come up with the right size of the carpet to buy. The smallest of mistakes can result in big costs or leave your office with a disorganized look. Over measuring and under measuring can be frustrating and time wasting. For this reason, it is necessary to get the right figures for the process to be a rewarding experience. Outlined below are some of the mistakes to avoid when carrying out the process.
1. Measuring for one room and assuming that the measurement will also apply to other similar rooms in the office
Some office owners make this mistake because measuring rooms for carpet installation is quite a tedious task. However, taking a shortcut, in this case, is not the easy way out because different rooms may have different designs. Also, the furniture in different office rooms could necessitate variations in carpet size even though the rooms have the same dimensions. Therefore, it is advisable to deal with each room in the office separately so as to end up with the correct carpet sizes.
2. Leaving the carpet measuring up to the installers and carpet sales people
This has always turned out to be a costly mistake. The measuring process affects the price of the installation. At times, most people do not have in mind the total amount of space they need to be carpeted. In such a case, letting the installer measure space for you is a risky undertaking. It gives them a wider margin of flexibility, and this will reflect the total price that they will require you to pay. For this reason, it is good that you approach the installer only after you have gotten an accurate measurement for the office carpet.
3. Failure to consider the margin of error
Even if you feel that your office measurements have been accurate, it is important to add about 10 percent to the total square yardage number you have come up gotten. With this, the installer will have the necessary amount of carpet to cover the desired area. The move will also make up for any errors you may have unknowingly made during measurement. It will also factor in other things such as roll sizes, seams, and pattern matching among others. Additionally, it could also leave you with an extra carpet that you can use as a backup in case there is a damaged spot that needs patching up.
4. Basing the carpet measurements on room size instead of layout and furniture configurations
In most offices, the furniture is arranged in a certain way so as to fit together and contribute to an appealing interior design. The furniture is in different sizes and designs, and this determines how much space you will need to cover. Failure to check the office layout will leave you with a small or an extra big carpet. This will force you to make some adjustments, for example, trimming or buying an additional carpet, so you will have spent much more money. Always double-check the carpet measurement for each space in the office to ensure it is accurate before you can record it.
5. Opting for DIY measurement when you don’t have the skills and equipment for measuring
Some office owners decide to forgo professional carpet measuring and installation so as to reduce costs. They fail to take into consideration the benefit of having their office space professionally measured and imagine that the process is straightforward, and yet there are some hidden factors to be considered. As for the equipment, the tape measure has been in use for a long time but lately there has been the addition of the floor calculator. It helps you to determine the office floor area in square meters, and it provides a useful conversion when it comes to purchasing of the carpet. If you chose to do the measurement yourself, you have to go through the hassles of getting the measurements right.
6. Calculating the square footage of your office incorrectly
The total number of square feet for the office refers to all the areas of useable space, and some people make the mistake of using this figure to determine the carpet size. It is crucial to note that for an office carpet to look appealing, it doesn’t need to cover all the space. Some parts of the room can be left exposed. Also, getting the correct carpet size requirements for the office takes much more than totaling up the square footage of the rooms. Some people overlook important details such as the staircase and hallways and end up purchasing a smaller carpet.
7. Inaccurate measurement of odd shaped rooms
In most cases, carpets will be available in regular shapes such as rectangle or square. If some rooms in the office building are irregularly shaped, it proves a challenge to estimate what size of the carpet is needed. Some people often make the mistake of using the length and width measurements, but these turn out to be inaccurate in the end and some spaces are left uncovered. For such a room, you need to take into account the odd angles and cutouts. To achieve this, you can break down the room into various regular shapes and then measure each area individually
8. Measuring only within room dimensions
People make the mistake of measuring from wall to wall and assume that the room dimensions are adequate in establishing the carpet size. As such, they ignore the doorway leading into the room that should add some inches to the overall measurement. This mistake could result in buying a smaller carpet that will not serve the purpose.
In conclusion, it helps to use the tape trick before buying the office carpet. The technique helps in visualizing the rug size. It involves measuring out the floor space that you want the carpet to cover. Then, removable masking tape is used to mark out the area that you have measured. This gives an outline of where the carpet will be and helps you confirm if your measurements were right. Once that is done, you can comfortably purchase the carpet and get a professional to install it for you.