Adjusting Product Lay Direction

Setting the lay direction of material in a room might be done to adjust waste percentages on a project or even for simple aesthetic reasons. There are three ways to adjust material lay direction in a room:

  1. Lay Direction - adjusting the cardinal lay direction
  2. Lay Along Side - select a side of a room to lay the material along
  3. Lay From Perimeter Points - select perimeter points to lay material along
Lay Direction

Each room that utilizes a roll product will automatically have a lay direction assigned to it. By default, the direction is indicated by an arrow that appears in the upper-left corner of the room.


Lay directions in Measure do not reflect real-world compass orientations. They are simply used to indicate how material should be laid out in each room relative to the others in the takeoff. As such, north always points toward the top of the drawing, west always points to the left, and so on. Rooms that utilize non-roll products will not display an arrow.


 Tip: Choose a lay direction without any rooms selected, and all newly drawn rooms will use that direction until another one is chosen.

How to Change Lay Direction


  1. Select one or more rooms.
  2. Click the down arrow in the Lay Direction box.
  3. Click one of the directions listed.

How to Enter a Custom Lay Direction


  1. Select one or more rooms.
  2. Click within the text field of the Lay Direction drop-down box.
  3. Enter a number of degrees between 1 and 359.
  4. Press the Tab key or click outside the Lay Direction text field for the custom setting to be applied.

  Tip: Double-click a room on the takeoff to open the Room Properties window. From there you can adjust the location of the lay direction arrow.

Lay Along Side

Set a room's lay direction to match the angle of a particular side of a room.


Use this tool when a material's lay direction needs to align with an angled wall, but the wall runs at an unusual angle. 

How To:

  1. Select the room in which the lay direction needs to be adjusted.
  2. Select the side to which the lay direction should align.
  3. Click the Lay Along Side button.


  The Lay Along Side button will be grayed out until a room and side have been selected.

Lay Set by Perimeter Points

Set a rooms lay direction by placing points along two walls of a room.


How To:

  1. Select a room then select the Lay by Perimeter Points tool
  2. Place the first point
  3. Place the second point. The lay direction will adjust automatically.
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