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How to Figure Out Tile Needed

# How to Figure Out Tile Needed

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A key to any successful project is determination--or the drive to find a solution. People with determination are able to figure out what is the best way to approach a problem. In this post, we will focus on finding tile needed for a project of your own.

### Need

A: You’re wise to mull over your tile needs before you go shopping for materials. Whether you’re installing tile on your foyer floor or on your kitchen or bathroom walls, determining how much tile you need is an essential first step. This calculation will help you ensure adequate tile coverage, budget accordingly for the project, and avoid return trips to your local home center. Conveniently, the steps for determining your tile needs are the same regardless of surface, so grab a measuring tape and a calculator and get started!

When buying individual tiles, you need to learn the square footage (or fraction of) that each one covers. Tiles sold individually will note the dimensions of the tile in inches on the packaging. Multiply the tile length by the width to figure the area that one tile will cover in square inches. Divide the result by 144 to convert it to square feet. Then, divide the area you’re tiling by the square footage of one tile to determine how many tiles you need. Again, round up to the nearest whole number

### Help

Tile size can range anywhere from smaller mosaics that are 3/8", to 24" × 48" slab tiles and everything in between. Square sizes (same width and length) are the most popular, accessible, and easiest to install. While straight edge tiles (rectangular, square, parallelogram) are the most common, unique tile shapes also exist, though installation is not as easy. Large tile sizes can make smaller rooms appear bigger, as well as more open and clean because there are fewer grout lines. However, installing larger tiles results in more wastage, while using smaller tiles can help add texture to a room.

Showers can easily be three rectangular sections, but if you have a niche, that's a few extra sections to keep track of. While it's more to calculate, our labeling system will help your calculations stay organized and simple. This is sort of the "expert level" of calculating your tile space. If it gets too confusing, simply send the measurements to our team and we'll help find the right amount of tile to purchase! (Source: mercurymosaics.com)

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