Square Footage of Backsplash

Square Footage of Backsplash

Square Footage of Backsplash

Backsplash is 60 percent of the total square footage of the kitchen. That is the good news. The bad news is that it is also a 50% increase in the kitchen's square footage compared to the kitchen's total square footage. This means that the kitchen's square footage will be double the cabinet square footage, without any cabinet upgrades, instead of needing a significant remodel to max out the kitchen's square footage while accommodating the new cabinets.



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.Luckily, unless you live on an angle somehow, your cabinets and countertop create a level, or “square” surface. This means that the imaginary “box” between your upper cabinet and countertop will form a square or rectangular space that can be easily measured for width and height. By doing this with each of your upper cabinets and countertop differences, you will have the subsections necessary to find the total square area of the space. If you are lucky enough to have a totally flat line on a wall of your upper cabinets, then you can get away with doing only one measurement for length and one for height.

- 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!) - Measuring a Shower – Showers can be divided into rectangular sections (which is the easy part), but if you have a niche or a bench, that’s a few extra measurements to keep track of. Separate each section by the tiles you plan to use, grouping by material to calculate the square footage needed for all surfaces. Don’t forget to include the depth of the sides of niches and windows too! If you plan to have border tiles, calculate them the same way you measured for trim above, by measuring the perimeter of the shower area and dividing the number by 12 to determine the total linear feet of border tiles needed for your design! (Source: www.tileclub.com)



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