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Square Footage for Backsplash

# Square Footage for Backsplash

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Square footage is plenty of room for a backsplash in your kitchen, but there’s a lot to be said for the practicality of a small design. What are some key factors to consider when designing a small backsplash?

Simple right? However, most areas are not perfect rectangles. For irregular shaped rooms and spaces such as kitchen backsplashes, measure the square footage by breaking it into smaller measurable rectangles. You’ll then calculate the square footage for each section and add them together. Here’s an example of a backsplash where the wall tile goes around a window.

Find the total backsplash area in square inches. To find this number, multiply the height times the width of each section and add all wall totals together. For our example, we’ll use one wall that is 8 feet long by 22 inches high and a second wall that is 6 feet long by 22 inches high. Because we’re estimating, we’ll always round up to the next whole number: 8 feet X 12 inches = 96 inches. 96 inches X 22 inches = 2112 square inches. 6 feet X 12 inches = 72 inches. 72 inches X 22 inches = 1584 square inches. 2112 + 1584 = 3696 square inches total area to be covered. (Source: homeguides.sfgate.com)

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You’ve reached a dilemma in your remodeling project: You want to estimate the material costs but can’t figure out how to calculate the amount of tile needed for the backsplash. Unlike flooring, which is calculated in square feet or square yards, tiles used for backsplashes are often less than a foot square. Calculating the amount of tile you'll need requires that you first determine the backsplash area and then figure how many tiles you will need for the job.

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