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How to Calculate the Number of Tiles Required for a Building



How to Calculate the Number of Tiles Required for a Building

Tiles are the perfect decorative addition to any building, providing an array of colours, patterns, and textures to pick from. [Continue Reading…]

However, buying the required number of tiles can be tricky, as the amount will vary depending on the size of the area and the dimensions of the tiles. Thankfully, there are a few easy steps you can take to calculate how many tiles you will need to complete your project. 

Step 1 – Measure the Room

The first step is to measure the room in question. To do this, use a tape measure to obtain the room’s length and width, save the measurements to a piece of paper. You will need to calculate the square footage of the area, so ensure you know these measurements in feet.

Step 2 – Calculate the Area

Next, you will need to calculate the area of the room. To do this, multiply the length and width measurements of the room. Add the paper length and width figures together, then multiples the two together. For example, if the long side of the room is 19.2 feet and the short side is 15.8 feet, you would need to multiply 19.2 x 15.8. This gives you a total of 304.16 square feet. [Continue Reading…]

Step 3 – Calculate the Tile Size

When it comes to tile size, there are several options to choose from, such as 8×8 inch tiles, 16×16 inch tiles, and so forth. Measure the length and width, in inches, of the chosen tile. For example, a 16×16 inch tile would be 16 inches long and 16 inches wide.

Step 4 – Calculate the Number of Tiles Needed

Once you know the square footage and the tile size, you can divide the square footage by the tile size. This will give you the total number of tiles needed. Using the figures from earlier, 304.16 / 16 = 19 tiles. This means that you will need 19 16×16 inch tiles to cover an area of 304.16 square feet. 

Step 5 – Account for Waste

When buying tiles, it is important to account for waste. This is because when you cut and install the tiles, some may be lost or damaged. To account for waste, you will need to add an additional 10 to 15 percent to the total number of tiles. For our example, this would be 19 x 1.15 which is 22 tiles. 


By following these five steps, you can calculate the number of tiles you will need for a building. With the right measurements and calculations, you can easily find out how many tiles you need and purchase them accordingly. 

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