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FutureStarrTiles Measurement Unit
The Tiles Measurement Unit (TMIU) is a square tile that measures 10 millimeters on a side. It has border tiling, the layout of which is in contrast to the layout of the tiles that go into it. Each corner of the tile has one large and two small tiles, leaving three tiles in the center.
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.
Let’s say you’re dealing with an L-shaped area. Break it down into smaller sections of squares or rectangles and label each one with a letter. Continue measuring the width and height of each section and then calculating the area for them as individual units as explained in Step 3. Finally, add them together for the total square footage. The more individual spaces you’re measuring to add together, the more overage you’ll want to add to ensure full coverage. (Source: www.tileclub.com)
To find how many tiles you need. The first step is to find out the area of the wall or floor on which you want to install the tiles. You can use a measuring tape to measure the area. Make sure you measure area in common unit such as foot, meter, inches, yards, millimeters or centimeters. All of these units are supported by our calculator.
If the space you want to tile is an unusual shape, draw a picture of the floor plan on a piece of paper, then separate the room into squares or rectangles (like I did in the diagrams on this page). Then measure each squared-off section separately, convert inches to feet (divide by 12; you'll probably end up with a decimal), multiply the length and width of each space, then add all these numbers together to find the total square footage. (Source: dengarden.com)