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How To Find Out How Many Boxes of Laminate Flooring I Need?

How To Find Out How Many Boxes of Laminate Flooring I Need?

Are you asking yourself how to find out how many boxes of laminate flooring you need? Having difficulty calculating the square footage of your room? Not sure exactly how much flooring you’ll need? Don’t feel bad, we receive many calls from customers with these questions. Through step by instructions, the following article will answer all of your questions and make you look like a pro!

Establish Your Square Footage

Calculation of a standard square or rectangular room is simple and requires only to measure the length and width of the room and multiply the results. If you have a space with multiple rooms or your room is not perfectly rectangular, split your space into smaller rectangles and calculate the square footage separately for each area and add all of the measurements together. It’s a relatively simple formula!

How to calculate square footage of the room?

Add The Waste Factor

When it comes to laying laminate it always a safe bet to assume for extra. You will need to purchase extra flooring to cover any mistakes, accidents, and unforeseen damage. This is known as the waste factor.

The general rule of thumb is to add 5%-10% to the final square footage you calculated in the first step.

Example of 5% Added:
150 sq.ft. (total measured from rooms) x 0.05 (5% waste factor) = 7.5 sqft
150 sq.ft. (total measured from rooms) + 7.5 sq.ft (calculated amount of waste) = 157.5 sq.ft – final square footage to order

Converting Sq.Ft. to Boxes Needed

To calculate the number of boxes you need to know your final square footage, which is the total square footage + extra square footage for waste.

  1. Check packaging content of the floor you are interested in. All boxes of flooring have a different sq.ft. so this is important!
  2. Divide your final square footage of your room by the square footage listed on the box of the flooring.
  3. Round it up. Since laminate flooring is sold in full boxes only, you’ll have to round up your calculation to the closest full box.

157.5 sq.ft. (final square footage) / 25 sq.ft. (box content) = 6.6 boxes
You will need 7 boxes for your installation.

Or You Can Use Our Online Calculator

Step 1: Start with 1 Box

Simply use our online calculator, located within each product on our website. You will start with a basic setup, which is the square footage of one box. The calculator on our website makes this very simple! First you have to find the flooring that you want! Each floor will have different square footage, since the box content differs between manufacturers and brands. We selected Kronopol Elegance Line Bubinga for this example.

Calculating how many boxes we need based on sq.ft sold per box

There is 25.80 sq.ft sold per box

Step 2:  Enter Your Final Square Footage

In our example, we calculated that we needed 157.5 sq.ft. to cover the rooms and 5% waste. Enter 157.5 into the provided box. You’ll notice how the number automatically rounds up to the next sq.ft./box. Since our calculation said we needed 6.6 boxes, the website automatically rounds up to the next full box. This would be 7 boxes or 180.60sq.ft. You will be getting a little extra than the waste you calculated for, but in the long run it could save you big bucks, especially if your flooring becomes discontinued!

We are adding waste to calculate how many boxes of laminate we need to buy for our home

Including waste may require you to buy another box but it is worth it!

Step 3:  Check Out

You’re done! Continue with the check out and you have ordered your floor! Congratulations!

Planning a wood flooring project takes time and many measurements. Be sure to double check or even triple check your measurements. Especially when ordering an item that you cannot find locally, knowing the exact amount or ordering a little more will help prevent you from paying double shipping costs down the road. While you only pay a flat rate shipping fee for your larger order, you will need to pay a shipping and handling for smaller orders. Better to be prepared.

If you’re still not sure then we encourage you to give us a call so we can help you decide on the correct amount needed. Simply call 1-800-520-0961 and we will be happy to help!

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  1. Where is the link to this calculator that figures out how many boxes of flooring one needs. Am I blind?
    trying to calculate 1400 sq ft

    • Alana Kane

      Hi Michelle! You can convert sq. feet to boxes through the calculator our website. Select any product and type in the square feet in the right hand calculator at Since products have different sq. feet per box, this helps determine your need per product. Hope that helps!

  2. How many boxes of hardwood flooring do i need for 16’x16′?

    • Ashley Arndt

      Hi Barbara,

      Assuming your room is a square 16’x16′, you will simply multiply the length of the room by the width of the room, giving you 256 sq.ft. of floor to cover. Add 10% for the waste factor, so you would end up with needing 281.6 sq.ft. total. If you room is not a perfect square, please visit this blog post to see the best way to calculate your square footage.

      In order to find how many boxes you need, you will first need to look at the sq.ft. on the box of flooring. You will then divide 281.6 by the sq.ft. shown on the box. This will give you how many boxes you will need to cover your room. You may have to round up so you are purchasing a full box, as only full boxes of flooring are sold. Each box of flooring contains a different sq.ft. decided upon by the manufacturer, so there is no standard. I don’t know which hardwood flooring you’re looking at, so I can’t give you a definite answer.

      I hope this has helped you! If you have any more questions, please call our sales representatives and they can help you further! 1-800-520-0961.

    • I recently had to calculate the flooring in a living room that had some weird angles and a hallway. I used the calculation here for the living room to figure out how much product I need but I also used a floor app that I just downloaded to my phone for another angle room. I tried a few different apps that you take a picture of the room and it calculates all the corners and the hallway. Also I recently got a guillotine type of shear and worked great for working indoors during December :) No dust so it worked out great.

  3. my room is 12ft x10ft how many packs of Laminte will i need to buy

    • admin

      Hello Leila,and thank you for your question. You need 120 sq.ft + 5-7% for waste = approx. 128sq.ft. Now you will divide your square footage by your flooring content. You will come up with the number of boxes you need (you will probably need to round it up or down to the next full box.)

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