How to measure a driveway, patio or garden

Category: Sureset Blog

Posted 8th November 2021 by Y Holloway


Measuring the area of your driveway, patio, and garden area is fairly straightforward, but it is essential if you’re looking to install paving in these parts of your property.

We’ll talk you through everything that you need to know in order to gain accurate measurements for these spaces with our step-by-step guide. This will provide you with the tools that you need to perform your own valuation of your area, which will mean that you can then contact us and request a quotation.

What to do before you start taking measurements

You will need:
• A tape measure
• Pen and paper

Check the boundary of your property. Record all of the existing drainage and make a note of any new drainage that you wish to have put in place, as the water will need to run into a drainage point.
Please also make a note of any existing streetlamps and dropped kerbs. Most importantly, report any gates, fences and garage doors that open onto the area where you wish to install resin bound paving.

How to work out square metres

To measure the area of a standard straight driveway, for example, measure the length and width in metres.

It’s now just a question of multiplying the two measurements in order to get the area in a m² format








For triangular areas, it’s a matter of taking half the length and multiplying this by the full length and height.

Alternatively, multiply the length and height and divide the result by two:








If it’s a circular area that you need to measure, it’s another trip back to one’s schooldays and the joys of pi:









For further guidance on how to measure areas in m2, check out our helpful video.

Measurements made easy with a block paving calculator

You can easily convert from different units of measurement to metres using conversion charts that can be freely accessed online.

There are also a number of websites and apps that allow you to sketch your measurements digitally and then automatically calculate a sketch using your desired units of measurement. Try the StretchAndCalc tool today.

Contact us today

For further help and advice on your area, please email us with photos and any questions that you may have.

Once you’ve got all of your measurements ready, request a quote from us today.

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