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WALLS

If you're painting walls it's important to use the door and window sections even if you're not painting the trim on them. The calculator will automatically subtract doors and windows from the wall area and reduce the wall paint you need accordingly.

Total length of walls in feet:


Round up to the nearest foot, and be sure to count all length. A room that's 12 x 15, for example, is 12 + 15 + 12 + 15 = 54 feet total in length.

Wall height in feet:


For rooms with knee walls, measure the room's height in two sections: from where the knee walls meet the floor to where they end, and from the top of the knee wall to where the pitched wall meets the ceiling. Add the two measurements for total wall height. Round up to the nearest foot. (Disregard the wall without a knee wall.)

WINDOWS & DOORS

This section will estimate the amount of paint you need to cover the doors and the door and window trim in a room, and will subtract the area of those openings from your wall measurements. The door section will assume you're painting a door and its surrounding trim. To calculate trim paint only (for example, for a doorway that doesn't have a door), include the doorway in your window trim section instead of in the door section.

WINDOW TRIM

Window height in inches:


Window width in inches:


Number of like-sized windows:


Round up to the nearest inch on these measurements.

DOORS AND DOOR TRIM

Door height in inches:


Door width in inches:


Number of like-sized doors:


Round up to the nearest inch on these measurements.

CEILING

You'll probably use different paint on the ceiling than you do on the walls, so we'll calculate this separately. Even if you're not using different paint, calculate the area here to find out how much more wall paint you'll need in order to include the ceiling.

Length of room in feet:


Round up to the nearest foot, and be sure to count all length. A room that's 12 x 15, for example, is 12 + 15 + 12 + 15 = 54 feet total in length.

Width of room in feet:


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