How to Measure Square Footage

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When someone speaks in measurements, specifically square footage, do you try to figure out the size by picturing length and width, then just end up nodding your head and agreeing because they’ve already moved on to the next subject? A client, new to their role, recently told us they needed to visually see the dimensions to fully understand the details of a project. It got us thinking, something that we know inside and out, can seem foreign to someone who doesn’t spend much time in the industry. That’s the reason we started our recent blog series to educate clients on the basics of the industry and provide tips to help projects run more smoothly.

So how do you Measure Square Footage?

Simply put, it is Length x Width

To determine the size of a graphic you want produced, you will need to know the square footage of the area.  Again, to calculate square footage, you take the length of the area and multiply it by the height of the area. For example, if you want a custom wall mural installed on a 12ft wide by 8ft tall wall, the total square footage would be 96 square feet (12x8 = 96). That’s an easy example, but if your wall isn’t perfectly 12ft by 8ft tall, you may need to figure out square inches. So, measure your wall in inches first.  What if it is 148” x 99” for example?  That would be a total of 14,652 square inches. To determine the total square footage from the square inches, you divide the total square inches by 144 since 12 inches x 12 inches = 144 total square inches. So 14,652 / 144 = 101.75 total square feet.  We found a calculator that has an inches section to assist you convert inches to feet if needed: Square Footage Calculator

Now that you know how to calculate the square inches/feet of any wall, you should be able to determine the size of graphic needed.  This will help us to determine a price since most pricing is based off of the square footage of material types, ink coverage, and printing equipment.  Pricing depends on the material type since some are more expensive based on quality, thickness, etc.  For example, for vinyl, we offer everything from vinyl that sticks to concrete, removable vinyl, and permanent.  Each type of material has its pros and cons depending on the type of project, so if you are unsure of what is best, reach out and we can help!