Tape Measuring

A Quick Guide to

Calculating How Much Tile You Will Need

What You Will Need 

Measuring tape, pencil and paper and a calculator


Take area measurements

Walls: Measure the length of the wall up and down and the width left to right

 Floor: Measure the length of one side of the room and then the width of another side of the room


Multiply your measurements

To work out the total square meterage of the wall and/ or floor area, simply multiply the length and width measurements you obtained. Do this for each wall or floor are you need tiled then add all the numbers together.


Work out the amount of tiles

Divide the total square meterage you’ve just calculated in step 2 by the total square meterage of the tiles in the box – Tiles usually come in boxes with their amount labelled


Don’t forget to account for wastage and spares

It is important to buy more tiles than you need to cover the space as you should factor in cuts, waste and breaks. Having extra tiles will also help if the supplier runs out of stock mid-project, or where tile replacement is required at a later date. 

For Straight/ Brick Pattern : Allow 10% Wastage

For Diamond/ Herringbone Pattern / Large Format tiles: Allow 15% Wastage

If you are unsure, It's always great to check with our tiles experts!