Tiling is Fun, Math is Not: How to Calculate the Number of Tiles You Need

So, you’ve decided to take the plunge and tile your space. Congratulations, you’re on your way to having a gorgeous new floor, backsplash or shower! But before you get to the fun part of choosing the perfect tile, you need to do some math. And let’s be real, math is not fun.

But don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. Here’s a simple way to calculate the number of tiles you need without losing your mind.

First, measure the length and width of the space you want to tile. Multiply these two numbers together to get the total square footage. For example, if your room is 10 feet by 10 feet, you’ll need 100 square feet of tile.

Next, you’ll need to factor in the size of your tiles. Let’s say you’ve fallen in love with some beautiful 12-inch by 12-inch tiles. To calculate the number of tiles you’ll need, divide the total square footage of the space by the area of one tile. The area of a 12-inch by 12-inch tile is 144 square inches, which is equal to 1 square foot. So, if you need 100 square feet of tile, you’ll need to buy 100 tiles.

But wait, there’s more! You’ll also need to factor in the wastage. It’s always a good idea to buy extra tiles in case some of them get damaged during installation or you need to make any cuts. A good rule of thumb is to add an extra 10% to your total square footage. So, if you need 100 square feet of tile, add an extra 10 square feet to your order.

And there you have it, folks. A simple way to calculate the number of tiles you need without pulling your hair out. Remember, tiling can be fun, but math is not. So, grab a calculator, a cup of coffee and maybe a funny movie to make it through the process. Happy tiling!

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