The Square Footage Calculator helps you compute the square footage of an area like room (e.g. kitchen or living room) based on some simple measurements and the shape of the area.
INSTRUCTIONS:: To compute the square footage of the area, you must first identify the shape of the area. The common choices are:
The measurements you will enter into the calculators are all lengths and a few angles. The measurements can be in any of a large number of different types of length units. These units go from very small nano-meters to huge astronomical units like light years. The formulas all work with all the different units, but unless you're a rocket scientist or a micro-biologist, you're probably computing the square footage of an area measured in feet or maybe inches. Beside each input field, you will see a symbol that indicates the default units (e.g. ft for feet). If you click on that symbol, you can choose different units that are comfortable for you.
The calculator helps you compute the square footage of an area, but when will I need it? One big use of square footage is when you are thinking about buying or selling a house. Square footage is one of the basic metrics used in any listing. Click HERE for a good article on the subject by Margaret Heidenry at Realtor.com. Many jobs, especially Do-It-Yourself jobs, require that you know the square footage of an area before you can intelligently buy supplies. This is common inside the house and office and outside in landscaping. Here are few related calculators that are use square footage in calculating materials needed for jobs.
We run into different geometric shapes in buildings. Here are the most common.