# How to Calculate The Weight of Carpet

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#### Things You'll Need

• Tape measure

• Utility knife

• Scale

Calculate the weight of your carpet.

Carpet dealers define the "face weight" of a carpet as the ounces of fiber attached to the backing material per square yard. This number has nothing to do with the density of the carpet, because a long, sparse pile can have the same weight as a short, thickly stitched pile. The true "weight" of a carpet is the weight of a square yard of carpet plus the weight of its backing. If your carpet is already installed, weight is easy to calculate.

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## Step 1

Find a scrap of carpeting left over from the installation. If the installation was a long time ago, you may have to hunt for a while, but there's always a scrap or two left. If not, go to the carpet dealer and find the brand and a remnant.

## Step 2

Place the remnant on a piece of old plywood or a metal surface that can't be scored by a utility knife. Turn the remnant over so you can see its backing. Measure a 12-by-12-inch square and mark it with a pen.

## Step 3

Cut out the measured square using a sharp utility knife and a straight edge.