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How to measure for tiles :: Posted by: Admin on February 2nd, 2013

How to measure for tiles

If you want to tile a splash back, one wall, an entire bathroom or a floor you will need to work out how many tiles you need to buy. Tiles come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, there are border tiles, floor tiles, wall tiles and they come in many different colours and textures.

The most common place to tile is the bathroom and kitchen, this can be a simple splash back behind the bathroom sink or tiled walls above the kitchen worktop, what ever the reason or wherever you are tiling you need to know how to work out the quantity of ties needed.

Measuring for tiles


To measure for tiles you will need the following:

  • A notepad
  • A pen or pencil
  • A tape measure

To measure for tiles you need to split each area up rather than adding them altogether, so measure one section at a time, for example, measure one walls width and height and note these down. Then measure the next wall and note it’s measurements down and so on until all the area’s are measured and measurements are noted down.

You will also need to know on the width and height of the tiles you intend to use. This is required to calculate how many tiles you will need for each area.

Calculating tiles needed

Once you have measured and noted down each area to be tiles and the size of tiles you intend to use you an now work out how many tiles will be required for each area you measured. You can nw use this tile calculator to work out the number of tiles for each area and then add them together to work out the total required amount.

Simply enter the tiles width and height, then the area to be tiled width and height and then put an amount to allow for breakages and wastage, this is optional but typically 10% is added to allow for wastage and any breakages but you can choose between 5%, 10% or 15%. Then hit the calculate button to see the results.

If you measure in feet and inches you can use the Feet to Metres converter provided.

Write down all the results and add the number of tiles together, this will be the total amount required.

Watch this quick video to see just how easy this tile calculator is to use.

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How to measure for ceiling paper :: Posted by: Admin on October 2nd, 2012

How to measure your ceiling for ceiling paper

You may have a ceiling that is badly cracked or maybe the ceiling may of already been papered, whatever the reason for wallpapering a ceiling you are going to need to know how much paper you need to buy. Most commonly ceilings are papered with a thick paper such as 1400 gauge lining paper, an embossed paper or Anaglypta paper. If your ceiling is cracked you will still need to fill the cracks and rub them down before papering otherwise they will show.

Measuring for ceiling paper

To measure for ceiling paper you will need the following:

  • A notepad
  • A pen or pencil
  • A tape measure

To measure for ceiling paper, measure the room at its longest point. Allow a little extra at each end for trimming. Write this figure on your notepad. Now measure the room at it’s widest point, again allow a little for trimming. Note this down.

You also will need to know the length of the roll of wallpaper you are going to use, typically in the UK a single length roll is 10.05 metres, if you buy a double or quad length roll then these are obviously longer. Make a note of the length or roll on your notepad. You also are going to want to know the width of the paper, this varies but typical values are 52 or 53 cm for wallpaper and 56 cm for lining paper check with the wallpaper supplier if you are not sure of length and width of a roll of paper.

Graphic of decorator measuring ceiling

Calculating how many rolls of wallpaper needed

Once you have measured the length and width of the ceiling you are going to wallpaper and have made a note of the length and width of the wallpaper you can now go and use this great ceiling wallpaper calculator to work out how many rolls of wallpaper you need. If you measure in feet and inches the calculator allows you to convert these measurements into metric.

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How Much Paint Do I Need? :: Posted by: Admin on September 19th, 2012

How much paint to paint a room.

How to calculate how much paint you need for your decorating

Where choosing paint for decorating, you may be looking at paint colour charts for ages, deciding on colours you like and would work well in the area your are painting, do you want to brighten up a dull and dark hallway or neutralise the d├ęcor in a teenagers bedroom now they have grown out of the black and red phase! You may be looking at what paint company you want to use, Dulux, Crown, Farrow and Ball or Little Green Paint maybe and if you want a silk or matt finish.
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Feature Walls and Complimentary Tones

Having a feature wall either wall papered or in a different colour is a very popular way to decorator a room, likewise having complimentary colours, perhaps two walls in one tone and two in another might be to your liking.

So you are ready to paint ……

How much paint are you going to buy?
The Paint coverage calculator on our property decorating website can help you work out how to calculate how many litres of paint you need to buy. And if you need to convert feet to metres first we have supplied a feet to metres converter too. The paint calculator has step by step instructions, so makes it easy to use.

Disclaimer: This calculator should be used as an approximate guide only. Porous or rough surfaces may require more paint. We can take no responsibility for over or under ordering. We also recommend two coats are applied for greater coverage and an even colour.

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Tiling : How many Tiles do I need :: Posted by: Admin on March 27th, 2012

How many tiles do I need?

Weather it is a large or small tiling job it is important to know how many tiles you need for the area you are going to tile.

Bathroom, Kitchen, Wet Room or Splashback

Our tile calculator helps you to work out how many tiles you need to tile your chosen surface, weather it be a Kitchen, Bathroom, Wet room or just a single wall or splashback.

Three simple steps

The tile calculator on my property decorating website is quick and simple to use and has just 3 simple steps. And even allows you to select a percentage to add for wastage and breakages.

Measure up to use the tile calculator

To use this calculator you need to know the tile size you are going to use, these can be any size you like, also you need to know the size of area in metres to be tiled.

Then you simply enter all the required numbers into the calculator and click the calculate button.

The tile calculator includes a feet to metre converter for people who measure in feet and inches.

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