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How Many Tiles Will You Need?

Adding tiles to a wall is a great way to introduce a splash of color into a room, creating new and interesting contrasts of styles or patterns that can make a wall draw the eye of anyone who walks into the room. They also have a functional appeal, as they are much easier to clean than a typical wall — making them an ideal addition to a kitchen or bathroom.

But how many titles do you need? It depends. How big is the space that you are trying to fill? How big are the tiles that you are intending to use? Determining how many tiles it will take to create the style and functionality you’re looking for is a math equation — and it’s made much easier with this tile calculator. 

Simply enter the width and the length of the area to be covered. Then, using the drop-down menu, select the size of the tile you're using and click "calculate." Your results will show the number of square feet of tile you'll need and the actual number of tiles in the size you specified.

Allow for 5% more material for waste. This is an estimate only.

Types of tiles

When you decide that a room needs tiles, it necessitates some follow-up questions: namely, what kind of tiles? Tiles come in various types, from different sizes and shapes to materials that can accomplish different looks and effects. You’ll also need to consider the cost of these tiles when you have a specific budget for your home improvement project.


Tiles can come in several sizes, which can accomplish different looks. Small tiles, which can be as small as ¼” by ¼”, can include patterns and mosaic-like effects, while large tiles, as big as 5" or more in height or width, can make a space feel bigger. 


Square tiles are among the most common shapes for tiles, but they can come in any number of shapes. Rectangles can provide a subway-style aesthetic, while hexagons and octagons can be used to create interesting patterns. You can even get custom-cut tiles to get the shape you want.


Ceramic tiles are the most common variety because they are easy to clean and cut into different shapes, but they are far from the only material. There is the more durable porcelain tile, reflective and colorful glass, durable stone, wood, stainless steel, and a variety of others that you can choose from. 

How to install tiles

Installing tiles is a classic project for the do-it-yourself, even if you are just getting your start on these projects. 

While it will vary depending on the type of tile you choose, the process is generally the same: decide the layout of your tile, put down adhesive material that will hold the tile in place, and start to place the tile on the adhesive in the way that you want it laid out, grout the tile to fill in the areas between each piece and seal the grout.


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