When it comes to redecorating a whole home, the interior painting can cost a lot of money. Not only is paint expensive but paying someone to handle this task can also cost you a lot of money. This is why most people choose paint their own interior walls. However, if you have never painted a room before, you need to know a couple of things about figure square footage. If you are not familiar with this term you might end up buying too much paint, which will be wasteful or buying too little paint which will affect the quality of the overall paint job. Today, we will teach you how to calculate the square footage of a room in order to help you save money.
- Step one
Before you invent any money in paint, you must consider a few essential factors such as the current color of the walls, the color that you wish to obtain, how many coats you want to apply, what finish paint you wish to use and so on. You must also consult the paint’s instructions provided by the manufacturer in order to see the average coverage per gallon. If you plan on using the same color as the one that the one already used on the walls, one coat will be sufficient. However, if your walls are painted in a dark color and you now wish to use a lighter color, you will have to apply several coats of paint. Once you decide on these factors, you will proceed to calculate the room’s figure square footage.
- Step two
In order to learn how to figure square footage of a room, you will start by measuring the floor length of each wall. Don’t take into account the door openings or the windows but consider all walls flat. You must also measure the height of the walls. Once you are done measuring, simply multiply the length of each wall to their height. Add of the results together and you will obtain the square footage of the room. This process must be done with each room. Don’t try to approximate or you will end up ruining your calculations. If you plan on painting the ceiling in the same color as the walls, measure the ceiling as if it were an additional wall. Don’t forget to include closets to your calculations as you don’t want to have a certain color on the walls and a different color inside the closets.
- Step three
As we mentioned above, the preexisting wall color is very important in determining the correct amount of paint that will be needed. If you have a darker wall paint and you wish to paint the walls in a lighter shade, add 50 % to the figure square footage. If you are dealing with red colors or extremely dark colors, we advise you to add another 25% percent to the square footage as heavily saturated colors will be even harder to cover.