Math in Your Home

With some simple measuring and calculating, you can determine how many tiles you need for your flooring project. If you are shopping for tile, this will help you get a handle on much the materials will cost you. If you are hiring an installer to do the project for you, you can provide the room measurements as well, to obtain an installation price quote-although the installer typically comes out to take their measurements.

Pen or Pencil
Measuring Tape
Calculator (optional)

Step 1
Measure the length of the room or the floor area where you are tiling.

Step 2
Measure the width of the room or the floor area where you are tiling.

Step 3
Multiply the length of the floor by the width of the floor to determine the square footage of the room. For example, if the room is 12 feet wide by 12 feet long, then you would multiply 12 by 12 to get 144 square feet.

Step 4
Add 15% to the square footage. You should also add 15% to the amount of tile you need to accommodate for cuts, waste, and breaks during installation. Also, you want to have extra tile after the project is finished in case you have future problems such as cracks or broken tiles. Also, the tile may go out of the stock, so if you do not have extra tile, you may not be able to replace the broken or cracked tiles.

Step 5
Calculate how many boxes of tile you need. Divide the square footage of the room by the total square footage of tile in the box. For example, if the box has 10 square feet of tile, then you would need 15 boxes of tile.


A good rule of thumb: If you do not have at least one box of tiles left when your floor is in then buy one additional box to keep in storage.

If you are installing a diagonal or diamond pattern, then you should buy at least 20% in extra tile than if you are laying a square or straight tile floor pattern.

Just a room and nothing more than a room – a 20 square feet room. A neat humble one. The room was over even before I got in and took my 3rd step (was it 2.5 steps). I walked out to come in once again to ensure that it was not a bad dream. Utter dismay! I still couldn’t come to terms with the size of it. Is this all the broker could find for me in all these three weeks. The bit more of the terrace area outside the room was good enough to make for a decent studio apartment.

What was going through the owner’s mind when he had built it? Was he planning it to be a storeroom? And now, to fuel the flame, I found something more interesting. There was a twin room adjacent to this room and a vacant one at that. There was a single common toilet for both the twins outside.

Versatile Flooring Inc. brings over 30 years of combined experience in providing quality floor installation and kitchen and bathroom remodeling to South Florida. We are dedicated to providing skilled work and superior customer service to each client we have the privilege of serving. Your house is your home, and we enjoy creating floors, kitchens and bathrooms you’re proud to share with your friends and family.


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