Getting your tiling project spot on can be difficult, and it all starts with measuring out and calculating the size of the area that you want to tile.
Whether it’s for the wall or the floor, once you have the area calculated, you can easily work out how many individual tiles you’ll need, or simply go to your tile provider and ask for the amount you need in square metres.
We spoke to London Tile Shop for their tips on how to measure your floors and walls for tiles.Measuring Walls
To measure your walls for tiles, you’ll need to measure the length and the height of each wall which needs to be tiled.
Once you have these values, simply multiply them together, to give yourself the area of the wall in square metres.
Example: 2.5m x 2m = 5m²
Then, you’ll just need to repeat this process for each wall, and add them all together for your total meterage.
Remember that you’ll have to take windows or any other spaces which aren’t going to be tiled into account.
In these situations, simply take the area of the window like you would with the wall, and remove it from your total.
When it comes to measuring the floor, you’ll need to measure the length and width together, just like with the walls.
Example: 1.5m x 2.5m = 3.75m²
However, floors aren’t always as straightforward as walls and are rarely in a normal rectangle shape.
Instead, they have all kinds of alcoves and areas which will be taken up by things such as the shower and bath.
To get around this, you need to break up the floor space into smaller, rectangular sections, which can then all be added together to give you a total.
We’ve shown this in the simple diagram below with a room which has a small space in the top right corner which won’t be tiled.
As you can see, the room has to be split into two rectangles, the main one on the left, and the smaller 1.1m² section on the right.
Once you have both of these values, you can just add them together for the total square meterage of your floor space.
It’s quite a straightforward process, but you can also use an online tiling calculator to make things a little bit easier for yourself.
Finally, it’s important to always order in about 10% more tiles than you’ve calculated that you’ll need.
There are a couple of reasons for this. Firstly, you want to account for any tiles which end up getting damaged or broken, or if there are any other unexpected problems.
They’re also useful to have around if you run into any problems further down the line because even if you go back to buy the same tiles from the same shop, because they’re from a different batch, they won’t match up correctly.