# How To Calculate The Amount Of Paint Needed For Your Room

Calculating the amount of paint needed depends largely on the surface area

of the wall in the room.

Measure out the perimeter of the room i.e the entire length of the

four sides of the room or as the case may be.

Then measure out the height of the room, the length from floor to the

ceilling. These could be in meters or in feet depends on what you are used

to.

Now calculate the surface area of the room which is simply by multiplying

the total length of the room by the ceilling heigth.

For a standard Nigerian room, it is usually 3.6m x3.6m or 12ft x12ft

others can also make theirs 3.6m x3.0m or 12ft x 10ft depends on the plan

of the house.

After this measure out the openings in the room, most often the windows

and doors.

For windows it may be 1.2m x 1.2m i.e 4ft x 4ft or 1.8m x 1.2m i.e 6ft x

4ft, the height of windows are mostly 1.2m or 4ft while the length is what

usually varies. Multiply the height by the length of all the windows and

then do same for doors.

For doors the height is usually 2.1m or 7ft and the length is 0.9m or

900mm or 3ft do multiply the height by the length and sum the total areas

of openings in the room then subtact from the total surface area of the

room.

After determining your area (square feet or m2) then choose your paint

check the label of the paint bucket for the spread rate for the

paint.Spread rate is just the number of square feet (m2)of surface each

coat of paint will cover .After finding out, divide the total surface area

you measured earlier by this number to determine the number of paint

bucket/liter you will need for each coat.

The number of coats you should apply depends on the type of paint, the

colour,the nature of the colour you are applying, method of application

and the nature of the surface.

For example, you will likely need a second coat of paint when covering a

dark color with a lighter one. Also, certain surfaces, like exterior

masonry, are very porous and absorb a great deal of paint. In such cases,

a second coat is often needed to give the paint a uniform appearance.

Using a brush will put on a heavier, better-hiding coat than roller

application.
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Check this out to calculate in u.s gallons instanta

An architect with decades of experience

1. Anonymous says:

Thank you very much for this wonderful exposition. I am really enlightened. Please keep up the good job.

James

2. Femi says:

thanx alot, this is an eye opener. may God reward u.

3. Niyi says:

does this calculations account for ceilings if not how do one calculate for ceiling instanta

4. Bethel says:

Guy,
Your website and articles are great and educative, wish I know you long ago.
Cheers

5. good job, well done. Why dont you put this thing in a book and ....you know says:

Good job, well done. Why don’tyou put this in a book,as a kind of manual that can be taken to the site when one is supervising his job. Please I need a reply.

6. A.T. Selere says:

why not complie these information and publish a book on : Building Homes

7. shammil says:

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8. Garba inuwa says:

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9. Achiever sheun says:

U tried u ve done a great job bt i can gv anoda method if am welcom

10. emma says:

@Achiever sheun, why not? you can give your own method and more.

11. shammil says:

great job

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14. orole tolu says:

Engr/archi, I am very grateful for you shelding light into the darkness. May you grow more in knowledge. Pls, try to place the major plan too by PDF so that it will be obvious like those of the sections.

15. how do you calculate the perimeter for external walls of 18,500mm by 16,300mm and 14,900mm by 19,700mm at all four corners of the bungalow “building” and the height of the building to ceiling level is 3015mm, please help me how do i calculate the perimeter of bungalow.
Thanks for your assistance and consideration.

LINUS

16. Stanley says:

PLS i cant find the pread rate from the paint buckect. ihow can i trace to find it.God bless

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