Are you ready to replace your countertops with something new? Before visiting a showroom, it is best to know the square footage of your countertops to receive the most accurate cost estimation.
Provide a sketch of the area. Don’t worry you need not be an artist. Simple rectangles and squares provided a good idea of what the space looks like is sufficient. Include sinks and appliances in the diagram. This outline will give contractors a resource to determine the amount of work needed to complete the renovation.
Examine the edges and sweeps. Note anywhere there is a rounded overhang. This will further help a contractor understand the outline.
Next, divide the countertops into easy to measure sections. For example, if the counter turns into an L-shape, divide it into two sections. One section should be the horizontal section, and the other section is vertical
Use a measuring tape to get the length of all sides. Use inches and round the measurement to the nearest ⅛ of an inch. Do not measure when you reach the sink or appliance. Document the appropriate measurements on your sketch of the space.
Calculate the square footage. Multiple the length by the width of each section, and then add them together to get the area in inches. Divide the area in inches by 144 to get the square footage.
For example, if you have an L-shaped countertop and the length of the vertical is 60 inches, and the width is 30 inches, then the area of the vertical is 1,800 inches. Divide the inches by 144, which is the number of inches in a square foot. So the counter is 12.5 square feet. If the horizontal section is 30 inches by 20 inches, then the area of that section is 600 inches and the 4.17 square feet. So, the square footage of the countertop would be 16.7 square feet.
Bonus tip: You can use the same strategy and calculation method to determine the square footage of materials needed for a new backsplash.
Bring your measurements to River’s Edge Countertops, and we can help you find the perfect new countertops for a great price. Contact us if you have any further measurement questions.