The best way to measure an area is to break it down into basic shapes, a rectangle or square, a circle or oval, or a triangle. You will need a tape measure that is long enough to measure the area, a pencil and paper. To measure a irregular curved shaped area you will also need a garden hose or rope and some painter's masking tape.

To measure a rectangle, triangle or square:

First measure the shortest part of the rectangle/triangle or one side of a square , write this down as the width.

Now measure the side that is at a right angle to the width, write this down as the length.

Now measure the thickness (how thick you want the material), write this down as the depth.

Now enter these into our estimator. This should give you the approximate cubic yards of material that you will need.

To measure a circle:

First measure the widest part of the circle, write it down as the width.

Now measure the thickness (how thick you want the material), write this down as the depth.

Now enter these into our estimator. This should give you the approximate cubic yards of material that you will need.

To measure an irregular curved area:

First take a garden hose or rope and lay it around the area, following the shape of the area, where the hose or rope meet tape around that spot. Take the hose or rope and lay it out in a circle matching the end of the hose or rope with the spot that is taped. Now the measure widest part of the circle, write it down as the width.

Now measure the thickness (how thick you want the material), write this down as the depth.

Now enter these into our estimator. This should give you the approximate cubic yards of material that you will need.