How to Measure for Laminate Flooring, Estimate Quantities and Cut to Fit

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Understanding how to measure for laminate flooring is an important part of the prep work for laying a new floor — but one that's often overlooked. 

While it may seem simple enough to make a rough estimate of the flooring you'll need, you may find that you over order, leaving you with spare packs that aren't used you'll need to return, or under order, potentially causing delays to your project. To avoid this outcome, think about measuring properly as step one of how to lay laminate flooring and start right. 

Hugh Metcalf

Hugh is editor of sister title and former digital editor of He has worked on a range of home, design and property magazines, including Grand Designs, Essential Kitchens, Bathrooms, Bedrooms and Good Homes. Hugh has developed a passion for modern architecture and green homes, and moonlights as an interior designer, having designed and managed projects ranging from single rooms to whole house renovations and large extensions. He's currently renovating his own Victorian terrace in Essex, DIYing as much of the work as possible. He's recently finished his kitchen renovation, which involved knocking through walls, and landscaping a courtyard garden, and is currently working on a bathroom renovation.