a simple guide to calculating how many tiles you need for a renovation

The fact that you are renovating is irrelevant when calculating the number of tiles you need. Tile numbers are all about the space you have that needs to be filled with tiles. In essence, you need to find out the area that needs to be tiled and then work out how many tiles are needed to cover it.

Step 1 – Calculating The Area

If you have a wall that needs to be tiled you will find it straightforward to work out the area. Simply measure the length of the wall and the height. Then, multiply the height by the length.

For example, if your wall is 2m long and 2.5m high, then multiply these two numbers to get five meters squared. This is the area that needs to be covered by your tiles.

 However, if you have several areas and some are an unusual shape, you will need to measure each section separately, multiply to work out the area, and only then add the various areas together.

Step 2 – Consider The Tiles

Having established the area you now need to choose the tiles. Most reputable tiles supplier will sell their tiles per meter squared. This makes it easy to tell them what you need.

However, you should note that you may need half ties to finish the job properly. It is important to over calculate to ensure you have enough tiles for the job.

For example, if the tiles you choose are 40cm wide by 60cm long you can envision there being six-and-a-half tiles going up the wall and three-and-a-half along the wall, (according to the above example dimensions). You could work out the exact tiles based on the fact that one tile will cover all the ‘half’ sections at the top of the wall and two would cover the ‘half’ tiles on the length of the wall.

But, being this accurate may save you money but it won’t help if one tile is damaged during cutting. That is why it is always better to go by meter squared and choose slightly more than you actually need.

Choose You Tiles Carefully

Of course, there are many different types of tiles on the market. The ones you choose shouldn’t affect the way you calculate the number of tiles you need. But, choosing superior tiles, such as the ones supplied by International MTC means they are more likely to last and have a sleek, modern look even as the years go by. This is important in your home and especially important if you are looking to flip the property.

The aforementioned firm has an extensive array of products, including the Plaza which is a stunning wall tile for any space inside the home. It has an endless cluster of small chips in different tones, giving the image that it is constantly changing.

Another great example is PietraGrigia, a genuine Italian tile that is modern and authentic, creating clean and refined lines perfect for a bathroom. Check out the collection today and choose the perfect tile. At least you will know how many you need.

A third option is the stunning Ossido. This tile is also Italian and designed with bold and unique colours. It is especially good when you are looking to create three-dimensional details on your walls, regardless of what room you wish to use them in. It is very contemporary and allows you to experiment with new designs.

It is also worth looking at different options, such as the stunning penny round. These are available in a choice of colours, including solid and contrasting colors. But, they are circular and mounted onto a piece of netting. This means you can still calculate the number of tile sheets you will need in the same way as normal. But, when it comes to thinking about your grout, you are going to need a lot more.

Don’t Forget the Adhesive

Knowing the wall area isn’t just useful for calculating how many tiles you need. It is also essential to ensure you get enough tile adhesive and grout to finish the project properly. This is as important as the choice of tiles!

Grouting

Getting the number of tiles right is only part of the battle. When you work out the surface area that needs to be covered with tiles you are also calculating the amount of grout you will need. This is the substance that goes between the tiles and finishes the look. Naturally, the larger the tiles the less grout you will need and, dealing with small, circular tiles, will require considerably more.

In these instances, you will need to be guided by the grout instructions and the area you are covering with tiles.

Don’t forget, you can select the colour of your grout from an array of different options, ensuring you complement your tiles perfectly.