Decorating or painting a room? How much paint do you need?

Do you buy more paint than is needed, or do you risk under buying and not having enough to finish the job?



This helpful guide is given as a rough indication only, and measurements and quantities may vary from country to country and even from one manufacturer to the other. Always be careful to check all details with the supplier/manufacturer before ordering.

Paints and Varnishes
To find the area to be covered, multiply the width of the walls/ceiling by the height/length to give an area in square metres/yards (area = width x length). Different types of paint will have different covering power and this will also be affected by the surface area being painted: rough or porous surfaces will require more paint for the same area.

Use the table below as an approximate guide only.                                                                         paint_brush

1 litre = 1.76 pints in the UK, where there are 20 fluid ounces in a pint.

1 litre= 1.40 pints in the US, where there are 16 fluid ounces in a pint.

1 square metre = 1.2 square yards.


Rhodec paint amounts


Information on all our Online Distance Learning Interior Design and Decoration Courses can be found at and