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How To Measure For Tiles

  • January 29, 2021

Nothing is more aesthetically pleasing than looking at a wall or floor that has perfectly laid tiles. Choosing a design for your tile project is the easy part, the hard part is ensuring they are properly installed.

There are so many little things that can go wrong. For example, using the wrong colour grout or even installing tiles with the wrong adhesive. While most of these issues are avoidable, they still happen more often than you’d think.

Another common complaint is that tiles used in a project don’t fit properly. This is usually due to improper measurements of your project. To help you avoid this common issue, we have put together an easy to understand guide on how to measure correctly for your tiling project.

Laying Down Tiles On Your Own

The task of laying down tiles often handled by professional tilers, but many people choose to tackle this on their own. If you are planning to lay down tiles on your own, there are several things that you should consider.

It may seem like this will be a simple project, but it is more difficult than you might expect. Having the proper equipment to use is important. You can view our tiling equipment and tools here.

It is possible to lay tiles without a professional if you calculate how many tiles in square meters you will need for your project. Measuring correctly is extremely important for this type of project, but there are some simple ways to ensure that you get the right measurements.

Rubi Measuring Tape 8m
Rubi Measuring Tape 8m – available now

Tile Laying Calculations

The simple calculation for the amount of tiles required for your installation is to take the area of the room and the area of each tile, then multiply this by 110. The answer provided is the number of tiles required for your project.

It is a good idea to have a few more tiles than you think you will need. This is to ensure that you will be able to finish your project properly.

Not all tiles are the same size. Wall tiles tend to be smaller than floor tiles, and bathroom tiles tend to be smaller than kitchen tiles. Therefore, this is essential to take into account when calculating your measurements.

Tile Area Calculations

To find the area of a single tile, you can look at the packaging, or you can do measurements on your own.

The equation for calculating the surface area of tiles is:

Surface Length x Surface Width  = Surface Area.

Your measurement should be taken in square feet, including the grout lines. Once you have the tile measurement in inches, simply divide that number by 144 to get the square foot area of your tile.

Every room that will be tiled will have a different result. To start, you will need to determine the area of the wall or floor you plan to tile. The length of the floor or wall multiplied with the width of the floor or wall equals the total area. If there is a decimal result, round up to the closest foot.

Measuring tiles
The tile measuring process is simpler when you have the right equipment and knowledge

Once you have your tile area

Once you have your surface area, take the total area of your project and then divide that by a single tile area. This will let you know how many tiles you need for your floor/wall plan.

You should always add on 10% to your final floor/wall area. This is to account for accidents, breakage, or any other last-minute changes. If you plan to use larger tiles in your project, or if your project will feature a complex design, you should add on an extra 25% to your total.

Whilst this may seem complicated, we promise that by following the steps listed above, you will easily be able to measure the number of tiles you need. Make sure to check out our other blog posts to learn more about preparing your tiles surface, choosing the right tile adhesive, and how to install tiles on various surfaces.

How We Can Help

For homeowners who are ready to tile, we are happy to provide a list of available products and other incentives to help make your project a great success.

If you are not sure about measurements, we are here to help you get the right ones. Handy tip: it is always a good idea to order a few extra tiles. This is to accommodate any project changes or accidents along the way.

Our dedicated team of tiling experts is always on hand to answer your questions or to help you nail down the specifics of your project. Give us a call today on 01425 621173 or email us at and we will happily answer your queries.

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