To calculate the square footage of a square or rectangular area, multiply the length by the width (or height) measurement. This multiplication is done using the same units. Multiplying with mixed units will not provide the correct result. Ea. Multiplying four feet by two inches will not work.
wall length = 15 feet 5 inches (= 15 * 12 + 5 = 185 inches) wall height = 8 feet 2 inches (= 8 * 12 + 2 = 98 inches)multiply the wall length by the wall height using the same measurement units;
185 * 98 = 18130
The wall has an area of 18130 square inches.
To get the square feet amount, you have to know how many square inches there are in one square foot; there are 12 inches in one foot. Each side of a square foot has a length of 12 inches. To get the area of a square foot in square inches, multiply 12 by 12;
12 * 12 = 144
There are 144 square inches in one square foot.
18130 ÷ 144 = 125.9 (rounded to one decimal)
The wall has an area of 125.9 square feet.
wall area = 125.9 square feet rounded up to; 126 square feet. (When estimating, it is better to round up) plywood size = 4-foot by 8-footThe easiest way to do this, calculate the number of square feet in one sheet of plywood and divide the square footage of the wall by this amount;
4 * 8 = 32
There are 32 square feet in one 4 x 8-foot sheet of plywood.
126 ÷ 32 = 3.9375 rounded to 4
It will take four sheets of plywood to cover this wall.