A guide to floor tile calculation for your space


Tiles are a popular choice for flooring projects. They are durable, easy to clean, and offer an amazing variety of colours and styles. The first step to laying tile is measuring the area that needs tiling. The calculation of tiles required to cover a floor depends on the size of the room, the type of floor, and the pattern and style chosen.

Steps to calculate the number of tiles

Step 1 : Measure the area of your tile

Measure the area of your tile to make sure that you are purchasing enough tiles. For example, if you need to cover a bathroom floor and it is 12' x 20', multiply 12 x 20 to get 240 square feet. If you want to purchase tiles in boxes of 24 square feet, then you will need 12 boxes of 24 square feet.

Step 2 : Calculate the number of tile boxes you need

Multiply the number of boxes by the number of square feet per box that you will need. For example, if your bathroom floor is 240 square feet and you want 12 boxes (24 square feet per box), then you will need 3120 square feet of tile. Your project will require 3120/24 = 144 boxes. It is less expensive to buy larger quantities than smaller ones because the cost per box is reduced with each additional box purchased.

Different tile shapes

There are many kinds of tile shapes to choose from. Some of the common ones include:

Square tiles are one of the easiest shapes to install because they have 90-degree corners. They are also easy to cut and shape with a tile saw. Square tiles are best used on walls where they can be installed vertically or horizontally without making seams like you would on a floor.

Rectangle tiles are another popular choice because they look good in both horizontal and vertical applications. They do require more cutting than square tiles, but they’re still relatively easy to work with as long as you have a good saw blade for your tile saw. Rectangle tiles can also be cut into triangles or diamonds for an interesting effect!

Oblong tiles come in all sorts of shapes from squares that have been stretched into oblongs to trapezoids that are sort of like a rectangle that has been stretched sideways! Oblongs are usually used horizontally but can be installed vertically if necessary.

Does the shape of the tile affect the total number of tiles required?

The answer to this question is yes. The shape of the tile does affect the total number of tiles required and there is an easy way to find out how many tiles you need.

Let’s start by looking at a square tile. This can be used as a basis for calculating the number of tiles required for any shape. A square tile has four sides, each side being exactly the same length as any other side. So if we divide the length of each side by 4 then we get the following:

A square tile made up of 4 identical sides will have a length of 1 unit, which means that it will measure 4 x 1 = 4 units along one edge and 4 x 1 = 4 units along another edge (or across its diagonal). In other words it has no width at all. If we divide these measurements by 2 then we get 2 + 2 = 4, which means that there are four tiles in total needed to cover our area.

Now let’s move on to a rectangular tiled floor where our tiles are longer than they are wide – this means that instead of having no width whatsoever like with a square tile, they have some width but not much – maybe just 5% or so (i.e. the length is 5% longer). If we assume that each row has an average length of 15cm and that there are 3 rows in total (so 45cm), then the total width of all three rows combined would be around 9.5cm.

However, if we were to add another row in order to fill up the gap between two walls then we would need another 4% of width (i.e. 1cm) which means that now our total width would be 10cm. As you can see, adding just one extra row makes a big difference!

What are the different sizes of floor tiles Exxaro provides?

Exxaro’s floor tile collection includes a wide range of finishes such as gloss, matt, polished and textured finishes suitable for residential and commercial properties. The gloss finish gives a shiny look, while the matt finish gives a matte look with less reflection. Textured finishes have a rough surface texture or patterned design, giving an elegant look to the flooring. You can choose from these different finishes according to your preferences or requirements.

Our tile sizes range from 600mm x 600mm to 800mm x 1600mm. 

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Summing Up

When planning your space, take into account all the things you’ll want to factor in: requirements, size, individual tastes, etc. And when it comes to figuring out the right number of tiles for your flooring project, you’ll be faced with the task of calculating the perfect number.

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