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# If the vinyl plank flooring measures 4 inches wide by 36 inches long, how many do I need for a 144 sq ft room?

Asked by Bobcat48 at 1:52 PM on Aug. 13, 2013 in Home & Garden

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Answer by butterflyblue19 at 1:54 PM on Aug. 13, 2013

• well 36 inches is 3 feet and 4 inches is 1/3 feet.
You would need 9 planks to cover an area of 3 square feet...

I'm sure you can figure out how many you need form here.

Answer by KristiS11384 at 1:57 PM on Aug. 13, 2013

• Oh and as a rule of thumb you should always add 10% so you're looking for the amount to cover 158 square feet.

Answer by KristiS11384 at 1:59 PM on Aug. 13, 2013

• you'd need 3 of them to cover 3 sq ft... each plank = 1 sq ft

So, You'd need 144

Math wasn't your strong suit in high school was it?

Answer by KristiS11384 at 2:00 PM on Aug. 13, 2013

• Oh and as a further FYI. Most flooring comes in boxes that are designated to cover a specific amount of square footage. So You just get as many boxes as will total

Answer by KristiS11384 at 2:06 PM on Aug. 13, 2013

• My husband says 144 because each one takes up 1 square foot regardless of it's shape. But as said earlier, you need to buy extra to accomodate waste when cutting etc. The manufacturer should be able to tell you or if you are shoppng at Home Depot, or similar, the staff can help you.

• most vinyl planking comes in cases, look on the box to see how much it covers and as Kristi pointed out, always buy more.

Answer by luvmygrandgirl at 3:03 PM on Aug. 13, 2013

• Ask the guy at lowe's.

Answer by PartyGalAnne at 3:09 PM on Aug. 13, 2013

• The employees at the store where you buy the flooring should be able to advise you. They deal with this stuff all the time.