# How much carpet do I need for a 12×12 room?

To carpet a 12×12 room, you need 144 square feet of carpet, plus some extra for waste, seams, and repairs. The exact amount of carpet you need will depend on the width and pattern of the carpet roll, as well as the shape and layout of the room. In this article, we will explain how to calculate the carpet area, how to choose the right carpet roll, and how to minimize the carpet waste.

## How to calculate the carpet area

The carpet area is the amount of carpet that covers the floor of the room. To calculate the carpet area, you need to measure the length and width of the room in feet, and multiply them together. For example, if the room is 12 feet long and 12 feet wide, the carpet area is 12 x 12 = 144 square feet.

However, the carpet area is not the same as the amount of carpet you need to buy. You also need to account for some extra carpet for waste, seams, and repairs. The amount of extra carpet you need will vary depending on the type and quality of the carpet, the shape and layout of the room, and the installation method. A general rule of thumb is to add 10% to 20% to the carpet area to get the amount of carpet you need to buy. For example, if the carpet area is 144 square feet, you need to buy 144 x 1.1 = 158.4 square feet of carpet (10% extra) or 144 x 1.2 = 172.8 square feet of carpet (20% extra).

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## How to choose the right carpet roll

The carpet roll is the unit of carpet that you buy from the store or the manufacturer. The carpet roll has a fixed width, usually 12 feet or 15 feet, and a variable length, depending on how much carpet you need. The carpet roll also has a pattern, such as solid, striped, or floral, that may affect how you align and cut the carpet.

To choose the right carpet roll, you need to consider the width and the pattern of the roll, as well as the shape and layout of the room. Ideally, you want to choose a carpet roll that matches the width of the room, so that you can minimize the number of seams and cuts. For example, if the room is 12 feet wide, you can choose a 12-foot-wide carpet roll and install it in one piece, without any seams or cuts. However, if the room is wider than the carpet roll, you will need to join two or more pieces of carpet together, creating seams. Seams can be visible and vulnerable to wear and tear, so you want to avoid them as much as possible.

Another factor to consider is the pattern of the carpet roll. If the carpet has a pattern, you need to make sure that the pattern matches at the seams, otherwise the carpet will look uneven and unprofessional. Matching the pattern can be tricky and may require more carpet than a solid or random pattern. Therefore, you may want to choose a carpet that has a simple or no pattern, or hire a professional installer who can match the pattern correctly.