# The distinction between Carpet and Built-Up Area

by Shophia S. Real Estate

Are you looking to buy a home but are confused between carpet area and built-up area. Or you are not familiar with the difference between the Carpet area and the Built-up area. Let us talk about this in detail

What Is a Carpet Area in Apartments?

The carpet area is the area inside the house where a carpet can be spread. It is the useable area of the apartment. The thickness of the inside wall is included. However, the patio or balcony is not. In technical terms, the carpet area is the distance between the inner walls.

Furthermore, it will only include a staircase if it is located inside the flat; nevertheless, the carpet area will exclude the balcony, lift, lobby, and other spaces.

What is the formula for calculating the total carpet area?

The area of a carpet can be calculated in a variety of ways. To begin, you should be aware that the carpet area accounts for 70% of the total built-up space. For example, there is a 1000 sqft built area then your carpet area should be 70% of 1000 sqft which means your carpet area is 700 sqft.

What is Built-Up Area in Apartments?

In lame language, the built-up area is a carpet area plus the area covered by walls. So, the balconies, terraces( with roods or without roofs), detachable livable areas such as servant rooms, etc. These are included in the built-up area.

Moreover, the residents should also be aware that shared walls with other units are factored in at 50%, whereas other walls are computed fully.

What is the formula for calculating the total Built-up area?

The formula of Built-up area is (Built-up area= carpet area + areas covered by walls).In many cases, it is 10-15% larger than the carpet area. Here, I am giving you an example where you will understand this formula very well.

Let's assume the flat/apartment area covered by dry balconies and terraces account for 10% of the built-up area, whereas the useable area is only 70% of the built-up area.

So, if the built-up area is 1000 sqft then 30% of it is 300 sqft. This means that 300 sqft is unusable and the rest 700 sqft will be utlized.

Now, the question arises what is Super Built-Up Area?

The remaining part of the entry lobby, corridors, staircases, elevator shafts, lift lobby, generator rooms, clubhouse, security room and any other common areas in the building are included in the super built-up area.

Moreover, the super built area doesn't include a few things such as underground sump, water tanks, walkways, swimming pools, weather sheds, open sports facilities, inaccessible flower beds.

What is the formula for calculating the Super Built-Up Area?

Many builders use 1.25 as a multiplying factor to measure super-built up rea since it includes common amenities such as verandas, elevators and clubhouses.

Developers use 1.25 as a multiplying factor to measure the super built-up area since it includes common amenities such as elevators, verandas, and clubhouses.

As a result, the total saleable area increases by 25%. For example, if the carpet area is 600 sqft and the builder adds a 30% loading, you will be charged for 780 sqft even though you are only utilising 600 sq ft.