October 1, 2020 | Updated: June 1, 2023
The tile area calculator is designed to provide accurate information for anyone who wants to embark on home improvements. Read on to predict tiling project costs with a wall tile calculator and floor tile calculator.
Nowadays, before launching a refurbishment or decorating project, we want to know exactly what we are getting into. An important consideration for all construction works is the overall budget. In other words, the sum of the materials and labour involved in a specific job.
Nothing transforms a bathroom, kitchen or entrance hall as much as a change of tiles, either wall or floor (or both). That’s why we have organised a comprehensive guide to estimate tile quantities for your project.
With a tile calculator, you will be able to find out the required quantity of those tiles that you have always dreamed about. This makes life easier for interior design projects because we can be sure that we have all the required materials to complete the works.
Additionally, the materials calculations let us have an accurate handle on the cost before embarking on the works. This is key when setting out home improvements. Find out how to make precise calculations with our tile calculator.
We use a different tile calculator method for different types of tiles. The standard approach for calculating different tile quantities is listed below:
With a tile calculator, we can work out the exact quantity of tiles required to cover walls and floors. Once we pin down the number of tiles, then we can figure out the necessary adhesive and grouting. All together this gives us a very accurate idea of the overall cost of materials.
There are two different methods for tile calculator estimation: traditional pen and paper calculation using simple addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Alternatively, we can use an online calculator, like the Porcelanosa one that does all the maths for you.
Traditional tile calculator method. It has the advantage of being intuitive. Doesn’t require sophisticated maths skills. But mistakes can be made.
Online tile calculator method. It’s more straightforward. Just enter the measurements into the online calculator. Has the advantage of providing extra information such as the number of boxes of specific tiles.
Let’s calculate the tiles required for a test case, with a square metres tile calculator.
Our test project is a linear shape kitchen with an already installed island in the middle. There is a laundry space on the opposite wall. Additionally to the floor, we need to tile the backsplash area and the adjacent wall of the kitchen cabinets, where a large window is installed.
Follow these steps to calculate the total floor and wall tiles required. The online calculator will automatically include 10% extra for wastage.
In this example, we will tile the entire floor area. We will be using the Smart Tanzania Nut wood effect tiles. It measures 22 x 90 cm.
Rectangle 1 = L1 x H1
Rectangle 2 = L2 x H2
Tiling Area = Total Area – Island area
Our test case features a decorative backsplash tile (Antique Blue, measuring 33.3 x 100 cm) over the kitchen cooking area and a standard tile in the adjacent wall.
From the above example we now have three total quantities of tiles:
The beauty of the online tile calculator is that we have a cost for the total tiles. We will now be able to purchase the exact number of boxes of the specific tile, including an allowance for contingency.
Nevertheless, for all tiling jobs, we must ensure that the substrate can support the wall and floor tile weight. So, we always recommend consulting with an expert.
Finally, with the number of tiles, we can estimate the amount of adhesive and grout required for a tiling project. This is an extra cost and we should include it to avoid budget overruns.
With so many options available to fulfil your tiling dreams, we highly recommend spending some time on your project tile calculator.
Either the traditional or the online method, both are easy to use and work intuitively. However, no matter how careful and accurate your calculations are, you will probably have questions. Don’t worry, we have a team of professionals that will set your mind even more at ease.
Consult with your nearest showroom, where tiling experts will review your calculations and explain what to expect with the finished project.