How to Calculate the Square Feet of an Attic

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Use a tape measure to figure out the dimensions of your attic.

Whether you plan on improving the ventilation in your attic or adding energy-saving insulation, you will need to accurately determine its actual size. Square footage relates to the floor area only and does not factor in the height of the attic space. With a tape measure and some simple mathematical formulas, you can easily calculate your attic's square footage.


Step 1

Create a rough sketch of your attic on a piece of paper. This will give you a visual representation of the dimensions of your attic for reference. If the space includes irregular shapes, such as triangles, mark these off so that the floor is divided into squares, rectangles and irregular shapes.

Step 2

Measure the length and width of each square and rectangular area of the attic floor and note the dimensions on your drawing.

Step 3

Find the square footage of each square and rectangular area by multiplying the length and width dimensions.


Step 4

Calculate the area of triangular spaces by measuring the base and the vertical height of each triangle. Find the square footage by dividing the base dimension in half, then multiplying the result by the height. For example, if the base is 12 feet and the height is 10 feet, the square footage is 6 x 10 = 60 feet.

Step 5

Add together the square footage values of the square, rectangular and triangular floor areas to find the total square footage of your attic.


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Paul Lin

Paul Lin has been writing professionally since 2010. He has written scripts for the National Science Foundation and short films that have won awards at film festivals. His knowledge of broad topics along with visual scriptwriting allows him to write articles that brings words to life. Lin holds a Bachelor of Arts in scriptwriting from the University of North Texas.