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How to Find Square Footage for Backsplash OR

# How to Find Square Footage for Backsplash

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Small kitchens usually don’t have much space to spare and come with a host of challenges. Lacking space to cook, they can also feel cramped. Space constraints may also make it difficult to locate a wet bar that both works in existing outlets and maximizes the use of countertops.

### Square

Dad, “how do you figure out square footage?” I am going to confess, prior to installing our removable kitchen backsplash, I was not sure how many tiles I needed and how to calculate square footage was making my brain hurt. Would you believe me if I told you that I had my painters tape out and was mapping it out on the wall and trying to determine how much tile I needed? Oh yes, my dad came home from lunch one afternoon to find me taping off our backsplash in the kitchen. Needless to say, I learned fairly quickly how to calculate square footage.

If you are anything like me, math makes my brain hurt and that’s why I hang my pictures and shelves with painters tape. Be sure to check out that painters tape post if you struggle with measurements. ha. How to calculate square footage really isn’t that difficult once you do it a couple times. Hopefully for those of you with simple math brains like me, this helps you move forward with your backsplash project and how to calculate square footage. (Source: www.fourgenerationsoneroof.com)

### Wall

Figuring out how much tile you're going to need for your project can be difficult (especially for Do It Yourself home improvement fans). Whether you’re retiling your walls or floors, a large or small space, it’s important to have enough tiles on hand before you begin a tiling project. The last thing you want to do is realize part of the way into your tile job that you didn’t order enough! Accurate measurements are the best way to ensure your job is completed on time, and you receive tiles from the same lot to ensure the closest match.

- For round areas, stretch your tape measure through the center of the circle. The tape measure must start at one wall and run through the center of the area until you reach the other side. This total length through the center of your circle is called the diameter. Half of the space’s diameter from the center to each wall is called the radius, which is the number you’ll need in your calculations. (remember in middle school when you thought you’d never use the geometry homework? Now’s your chance!) Obviously, with 12.75 square footage needed for the area, 13 square feet of kitchen backsplash tile would be enough to cover the area. When adding this wall to others, it may be wise to add a square foot of tile or two to allow for oddly cut pieces. Many designers recommend adding 10% to any purchase to be absolutely sure you have enough and to account for any extra space or uses you may choose that tile for in the future. Examples may include applying your backsplash tile to the side of a refrigerator or in a shower soap dish. (Source: transworldtile.com)

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