Fabric Metre Guidelines

linear metre of fabric

We sell fabric by the metre; a term called Linear Metre which is sometimes confused with square metres where the latter relates more to how carpet is sold. You would be amazed how many people ask us every day how we sell fabrics.

Square metre

Square metres usually applies to things such as flooring where there will be a price per square metre. You would then measure the length and width of the area to be tiled or carpeted and a price would be calculated for this. For example if the price was £5 per square metre and the area measured 5m x 10m then this would equate to 50 square metres, therefore 5 x 50 = £250.

Linear metre

Linear metre is a lot simpler. This is basically length in a straight line. For this you will have to check the width of the particular fabric roll as a wider width could mean you need a metre less. Linear metre is used because fabric is normally sewn together and is basically not often used as a flat surface.

Pattern cutting fabric length

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Fabrics come on rolls normally about 25 to 100 metres this is normally determined by the type of fabric and its end use.

I.E. a standard leatherette vinyl roll would be around 25 to 30 metres. This is because of the weight a 25 metre roll of vinyl would weigh approx 25kgs as this is normally the safe manual handling limit.

A full roll of lining fabric is about 100 metres but still only weighs 25kgs as the fabric is thinner and lighter in weight.

Common fabric widths are:

  • 150cm (60″)
  • 112cm (45″)
  • 182cm (72″)
  • 200cm (78″)
  • 245cm (90″)
  • 300cm (118 inches)

Very wide fabrics are difficult to move around, package, cut and work with as you’ll need a long table.

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2 comments

  1. jonny says:

    “A full roll of lining fabric is about 100 metres but still only weighs 25kgs as the fabric is thinner and lighter in weight.”

    My guess here is your talking about “Dress Lining” or “Curtain Lining”

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