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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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