Figuring Out Square Footage

Purchasing materials for your tile job does not have to be stressful. Taking the proper measurements can eliminate over buying and running short. The last thing you want to happen halfway through a project is to realize you do not have enough tile to finish the job! Running to the store for more tile can ruin your timeline and set you back on your project. 

Rectangular Areas Can Be Measured Quickly

Even if you have the dimensions of your room firmly in hand, ensuring that you have enough material to complete your project might send you into a tailspin. Fortunately, there are a few steps that will steer you in the right direction in no time! Underestimating or overestimating the number of tiles needed for a specific area can dramatically impact your budget, causing you to bypass some options that might otherwise be cost-effective. If measuring in feet, simply multiply the length with the width to get your square footage. A room 7’x9’ is 63 square feet. You can also measure in inches. If the room is 53”x78”  the total square inches is 4,134. You would then divide that number by 144 (square inches in a square foot) coming up with 28.7 square feet. Depending on the tile and pattern we would typically recommend you add 10%-15% extra to account for waste when cutting the tile.

Irregular Shapes

Most rooms are not going to be as straight forward. Maybe it is an irregular shape or if the room has a shower that does not need tile you would need to deduct that area out. The best way to do this is to break up the room into smaller segments and then add those numbers together to get your total square feet. 

Need to know more about measuring your room and ensuring you have enough kitchen floor tiles or bathroom tiles? Contact the pros at Standard Tile at 800-648-TILE or visit one of our 6 showrooms in the New York and New Jersey area. You can always schedule an appointment online to get started!