# Calculating the Floor Area and Carpet Area of Your New Home

#### ByJorden Valentine

Aug 19, 2021

The floor area of your home is the total surface area of the room, including any carpeting or underlay. It includes the ground floor, first floor, and basement area. To calculate the carpeting area of your room, you must first measure the length and width of the room. Then, multiply those measurements by the main area of the room. A calculator will help you calculate the area of each room accurately. A room measuring 12 feet long and 12 feet wide is 144 square feet. Once you have the area, you can determine the carpeting or flooring you need to purchase.

In a typical apartment, the built-up area will be ten to fifteen percent more than the carpeted space. This includes common areas such as the kitchen, utility room, bathroom, and balcony. The super built-up area is calculated by factoring in the common areas and walls. The difference between the built-up area and carpet area is significant for buyers. Ultimately, it’s the floor area that matters most.

For buyers seeking financing, a bank assessment is important. When a bank expert inspects your home, you can ask to see the carpet area. You can then determine if it matches what is on the assessed floor area. If there is a discrepancy, you can negotiate the price with the builder. And remember that the bank must approve your purchase. Otherwise, you may lose your deposit. This means that if you buy a home and discover it has a large floor area, you’ll need to negotiate.

The built-up area of a home is made up of the total floor area plus the carpeted surface area. The built-up area includes the living room, bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchen, and inner stairs. Carpeted surface area is 70 percent of the total floor area. This is approximately 700 square feet. That’s just under a third of the floor area. The difference between carpeted floor area is also significant.

In addition to the carpeted surface area, the built-up space also includes the common areas. The common spaces are often shared areas, including the roof. The developer then adds a loading factor, or percentage of carpet area, to the super-built-up area, which is about twenty to thirty percent of the carpeted surface area. Adding the loading factor will make the carpeted surface area equal to about 900 square feet. The total carpet surface area plus the super-built-up area will be the saleable surface area.

The difference between floor area and carpeted surface area is often the same. For example, plinth area, also called plinth area, is the total surface area of a building, including walls, columns, and cantilevered portions. This is approximately 10% more than the carpeted surface area. It is often referred to as plinth area, but the two are often confused. While the latter is the most common, plinth area is the more precise measurement.