There are many reasons as to why you need to figure out the square footage. In fact, it is essential if you are buying or selling a home, remodeling the one you currently live in or even creating a garden in your backyard. To measure square footage, you simply need to figure the dimension at all the different areas of the space and add them together.
How to Figure Square Footage of a Room
To find square feet of a room, simple measure the length with a measuring tape and write done on a piece of paper. Next, measure the width of the room with the measuring tape and write that number down. Finally, multiple the width of the room with the length of the room. If you don’t have a Calc Monster, you can work out the math problem on a piece of paper. The number you get is the room’s square footage. For example, if the width of the room is 12 feet and the length is 15 feet, the square foot would be 180.
For rooms without a neat box-type area with one width and one length, it can be a bit more difficult to know how to calculate square feet. Rooms that are erratically shaped will require splitting it up in to even rectangles or squares find its square footage. This can be done by drawing invisible lines to separate the different sections into neater spaces.
Measure the length and width of each one of these spaces, and then multiply the two numbers together to determine the square footage of said space. Continue in this manner until you have the square footage of each space. To find the square feet of the entire room, simply add the square footage of each space together. For example, if you separated the room into three spaces and the square feet of those spaces was 150, 200 and 100, the total square footage of the room would be 450.
How to Calculate Square Feet of a House
The exact method of how to figure square footage of your home is essentially done in the same manner finding the square footage of a room only on a larger scale. Merely determine the square footage of each room in your home and then add them together.
Keep in mind, however, that since there is no actual guidelines on how to find square feet, there could be some conflicting numbers depending on who is measuring. For example, some people add the square footage of enclosed porches or garages to the total house number, which can make the home sound more spacious and then it really is.