How to Determine the Number of Ceramic Tiles You’ll Need

Ceramic tiles are a wonderful choice for improving a space. They are easy to clean, you can often find deals at a reclamation yard, they look nice, and they come in a variety of sizes, colours, and patterns.

While there are odd-shaped ceramic tiles available, most come in a standard square or rectangle shape. Sizes generally range from 100 mm x 100 mm to 330 mm x 445 mm. As for colour and texture, well what’s your desire? The plethora of colours and shades is as endless as your imagination.

Ceramic tiles also come in varying qualities and thickness. Your intended use will partially determine which you go for, but budget generally plays the biggest role in the decision.

To determine how many tiles you will need, measure the height and width of an area you’re planning to tile and multiply the two measurements. Repeat this process for each tiling area, subtracting any door or window space from your calculations. (But, remember to include window recesses, etc. if you’re planning to tile them.)

Once you’ve got all of your tiling area calculated, divide the total tiling space by the area of one of the tiles you’ve selected for your project and then add 10% to allow room for mistakes (broken tiles, wrong cuts, etc.) This number will be how many tiles you will need to buy.

Tiles come in boxes, designated by design, colour, etc. and batch number. Because dye batches vary, try to pick your tile sets from the same batch number to ensure a consistent look.

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