How to Measure for Installing Wall Pads
Updated: May 8, 2019
How to Measure for Wall Padding
Measuring for an installation of wall padding can be done in a few simple steps.
1. First, draw a simple diagram of the area to be padded, including any obstacles such as water fountains, doors, emergency boxes, etc. Write down the following measurements:
2. Indicate the wall you are measuring and its length on each drawing, i.e. “West Wall—58 ft. long” (fig. A).
3. Determine the finish height of your wall padding. Standard wall pad height is 6-feet from the top of the baseboard. Mark the height with a chalk line. This gives you a visual of your installation space. Custom sizes are available.
4. Establish where you want the center of the pads to be. It isn't always the center of the room. Mark the center point with a Sharpie or piece of tape on the wall. Then measure outward from the center point to the farthest landmarks on both sides (fig. B), stopping where you want the padding to end. A landmark can be a door, a window, a column, or even the farthest wall. Leave your mark at the center point for reference on installation day.
5. If padding is interrupted and continues beyond a landmark, like a door or column, measure from the opposite side of the landmark to where the padding will end (fig. C).
6. Use the top of the baseboard/mop board as your wall pad mounting point for the bottom of the pads. This is where most pads will start (fig. D). Begin all vertical measurements from this point. If there is no baseboard, measure from the floor, but don't forget to give the manufacturer the height from the floor to where the pads will be mounted, typically 4 to 6 inches from the floor (fig. E).
7. Provide horizontal measurements from the same landmark and side of the room to everywhere the padding stops on the other side.
8. Provide horizontal and vertical measurements from the mounting point up, and from the same landmark and side of the room to every object that would require a cut-out (or hole in the pads): vents, light switches, outlets, microphone jacks, fire extinguisher cabinets, water fountains, windows, doors, etc. (See article on "How to Measure for Cut-outs.")
9. Provide a digital photo of the entire wall, along with your diagram and measurements. The photo will capture any objects that might have been overlooked.
It is better to provide too much information than not enough.
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