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Waste in parquet

When parquet is laid, there is always waste. But how to calculate the right quantity before ordering? How much waste should be planned in addition to the area?

Formula for calculating the waste

A rule of thumb for calculating the material requirements for parquet is:

  • Square footage + 5% waste = material requirements

This applies to simple, rectangular rooms. If the room is angled, a bay window, a staircase or similar is added, 8% to 10% waste should be expected. If the parquet is sold in packages, the material requirement including waste must be rounded up to the next package unit.

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Convert square meters to running meters

If parquet is not offered in square meters but in running meters, the running meters must be converted into square meters in order to determine the correct material requirements.

50mm wide parquet floorboards 20 x square meter wooden floor = material requirement in running meters
60mm wide parquet floorboards 16,7 x square meter wooden floor = material requirement in running meters
75mm wide parquet floorboards 13,4 x square meter wooden floor = material requirement in running meters
90mm wide parquet floorboards 11,2 x square meter wooden floor = material requirement in running meters
120mm wide parquet floorboards 8,4 x square meter wooden floor = material requirement in running meters
145mm wide parquet floorboards 6,9 x square meter wooden floor = material requirement in running meters

Depending on the floor plan, 5% to 10% waste should then be added to the running meters required.

How can the material requirements for skirting boards be calculated?

In order to calculate the material requirements for baseboards, you must add up the side edges of your floor plan. This number of meters is rounded up to whole lengths of skirting boards. The waste here is very small.

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