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Estimating the amount of wood flooring you need is not quite as simple as it seems. Enter the dimensions of the room to be covered, and we'll estimate the amount of flooring you'll need to buy. If your room has irregular dimensions, divide it into squares or rectangles and use this tool on each of those areas and add the totals.
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That's not the amount you'll need to buy, though. Even for a straight course with few corners, you should figure in an additional 5 to 7 percent as a cushion for mistakes, waste, and cuts. If you're planning a herringbone pattern, make that a 15 percent cushion.
If you're buying manufactured flooring, you'll also have to consider case size when you place your order. If you need 100 square feet and each case contains 25 square feet, you'll need four cases. If you need 101 square feet, make that five cases. Don't skimp: it's better to have a few extra boards left over than to end up short.
Don't forget to order any baseboard or trim pieces you'll need to cover exposed edges, and thresholds for doorways.
Many materials need to acclimate before installation, so read the manufacturer's instructions. You may need to let the flooring sit in the room where it will be laid for several days before you can install it. Whatever you do, don't store flooring materials in damp areas like garages or basements, where they can absorb moisture.