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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.

Example:
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.

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 checkout 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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60 comments

  1. i have a rec room that is 22ft long by 11ft across how many boxes of laminate would i need

  2. Hi i have 118×194″ how many boxes wood planks i need 19.63sq.ft per box.

    • Viena Swierczek

      Hi Maribeth, you are looking at 159.3 sqft, so you will need 9 boxes of flooring. This will include 5% extra for waste. Please let us know if you have any other questions!

  3. How many packs of laminate packs have 1.908 m2 for 12 foot x. 12foot room

    • Alana Kane

      Hi Madge, you are looking at 144 sqft, so you would need 7 boxes, for a total of 164.24 sqft. This will include 5% for waste.

  4. Charles J Krynak

    I have a room thats 9×13 . Floor planks cover 45 sq ft per carton ..how many cartons would i need with some extra in case of waste.. ? ??

    • Viena Swierczek

      Hi Charles, thanks for your comment. Your room is 117 sq.ft (9 x 13). We recommend purchasing 5-10% extra to cover any waste or damage during installation, so we would advise purchasing enough flooring to cover 128 sq.ft. If each carton contains 45 sq.ft, we recommend you purchase 3 cartons of flooring. Please let us know if you have any other questions!

  5. my room 6×20

    • Alana Kane

      Hi Gary, you will need 120 sqft without 5% in waste. Depending on the floor and the amount of sqft per box, your box count will vary.

  6. If i have a box of flooring with 41.72sqft per box and 21 pieces of laminate in each box how many feet is one piece

  7. My room is 13′ x 17′, 221 square ft. How many boxes of laminate wood flooring do I need

    • Ashley Tolfo

      Hi Dee – We would need to know how many square feet are the box of flooring you intend to purchase before we can tell you how many boxes you need. Please reply to this comment with this information and we will be happy to help you!

  8. I have 6 boxes of laminate flooring. The boxes say 10 pieces(5-5/8 X Random lengths). 14.96 Sq ft per cartpn. How much will this cover?

  9. LIVING ROOM 15X14 DINNING ROOM 15X11 HOW MANY BOXES WOULD I NEED AT 25.83 SQ FT

  10. Yes my living room measurements are 15’x13’ and box of flooring say that it will cover 23.91 sq.ft. And is $17.49 a box. I hate to say it but I’m to lazy to figure it with a calculator LOL thanks Todd!!!

    • Ashley Tolfo

      Hi Todd – You will only need 9 boxes of flooring. It will cost $157.41 for the 9 boxes, not including any taxes or shipping costs. Hope this helps!

  11. how many sq.ft will be covred with 140 ft ( 7 1/2 wide) wood. thanks.

  12. i have 20 7ft X 7 1/2 inch planks. how many sq ft it will cover

  13. Thank you for this very informative blog. I certainly learned a lot especially with regards to calculating the number of boxes I would need to know my final square footage. I will definitely take note of this once I finally decide to have my flooring redesigned.

  14. Hi, I have 14 boxes of 4 ft x 6.5 inch laminate floor (7 pieces per box). How many square feet will the 14 boxes cover? Thank you

    • Ashley Tolfo

      Hi Sandra – In order to calculate how many square feet your 14 boxes will cover, I will need to know how many square feet are in each box. This can usually be found on the side of the box of laminate flooring, or on the paper insert inside the box of flooring. Reply to this comment with the requested information and I will be happy to help you!

  15. How many boxes of 21.44 sq ft. Will I need to cover 18ft by 15ft room

  16. My kitchen floors 15 x 20 how many boxes of wood laminate when I need

    • Ashley Tolfo

      Hi Derrick – In order to help you calculate how many boxes you will need, I will need to know how many sq.ft. are in the box of flooring you are considering. Each manufacturer and each collection of flooring usually has a different sq.ft. per box, which you can find on the box itself or on the website where the floor is being sold. Please comment with the sq.ft. per box and I will be happy to help you!

  17. My room is 15×25 how many boxes will need to lay down flooring

    • Ashley Tolfo

      Hi Kendria – I need to know how many square feet are in the boxes of flooring to be able to give you an answer. It should be listed on the size of the box or on the website as “Box Content”. The measurement should be in Sq.Ft. Please reply to this comment and I will be happy to help you figure it out!

  18. My room is 13×14, how many boxes do I need/?

    • Alana Kane

      Hi Jope, thanks for the question. Your room is 182 sq.ft. The number of boxes will depend on the flooring you’re purchasing, as they all have different square footage per box. If you purchase on our site, we will automatically calculate that for you!

  19. Hello, my room is 12×14 and the laminate flooring is 13.74 sqft how many homeschool I need?

  20. Hi have a largish space to cover its is 473 sq ft the boxs of laminate I want to use covers 2.2 meters how many boxes would I need plz

    • Ashley Tolfo

      Hi Shell – If I am reading your measurements correctly, you have 473 sq.ft to cover and the box of laminate has 23.68 sqft (2.2 sq. meters) in each box. You will need 20 boxes to cover the area plus 5% to 10% extra to cover any cutting mistakes or planks that could become damaged in the installation process.

      We would recommend you purchase 21 to 22 boxes to cover 473 sq.ft of the flooring you are purchasing.

      If you have any more questions or need additional help, feel free to reply to this comment, email us at support@bestlaminate.com, or use our Room Calculator!

  21. My room is 19ft ×11ft
    Each pack contains 1.37
    how many packs do I need

    • Ashley Tolfo

      Hi Shelia, your room is 209sqft (19 x 11 = 209), you will need this much flooring, plus 5%-10% to calculate in waste factor, making the total you should order about 220sqft (209 x 0.05 = 10.45 [209 + 10.45 = 219.45]).

      Most boxes of flooring have anywhere from 13sqft to 25sqft of flooring, so I am not sure how the box of flooring you are looking at only has 1.37sqft inside of it. I would double check the box of flooring and then comment back on this post so we can help you further. Thanks for reaching out!

  22. How many boxes would I need for 425sq ft

    • Alana Kane

      Hi Candy! The amount of boxes will depend on which flooring you are looking at. Floors can have a range of sq.footage per box. If you are ordering on our website, your boxes will automatically populate when you enter your square footage.

      • Hello I have a 10 by 10 bathroom how many boxes of laminate would I need

        • Ashley Tolfo

          Hi Josh! Assuming you mean your bathroom is 10 ft by 10 ft, your square footage for the room is 100 sq ft. You should then calculate an additional 5% to 10% for the waste factor (such as incorrect cuts or damaged planks), so the total flooring you will need will be 105 sq ft to 110 sq ft. I cannot tell you how many boxes you will need without knowing which flooring you plan on purchasing, because the sqft per box varies depending on the style of the flooring and the manufacturer of the flooring. If you are able to give me the sq ft per box I would be happy to help you!

  23. I have 170ft of oak snap together flooring and apox 210sqf of space to cover. Can someone please tell me if I have enough flooring or will I need a little more, I am covering a pretty square area and I just need a simple answer please.

    • Ashley Tolfo

      Hi Jodie – 170ft of flooring is not enough to cover 210sqft of space. If you have any other questions or need more flooring, please feel free to call us at 1-800-520-0961 and we will be happy to help you finish your flooring project!

  24. How many boxes of 24.49 sq ft. Will I need to cover 19ftby14ft room

  25. How many floor boards come inside a premier glueless laminate flooring box

    • Alana Kane

      Hi Eddie! Thanks for your question. The number of boards in a box will depend on the brand and manufacturer. Generally, there are 6-9 planks in a box, making 18 – 25 sq.ft. on average. This information will be listed on product specifications. Hope this helps!

  26. 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 http://www.bestlaminate.com. Since products have different sq. feet per box, this helps determine your need per product. Hope that helps!

  27. 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.

      https://www.bestlaminate.com/blog/how-to-calculate-square-footage-of-the-room/

      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.

  28. 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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