How Many Floor Tiles Do I Need?
It’s the time of year where most families decide to take control of their homes and take care of some much neglected DIY. The bathroom and kitchen are the rooms that most of us hate to redecorate, not only because of the expense but also the complexity.
Many people are choosing to tile their kitchen and bathroom floor rather than laying laminate, lino or carpet. The main reason being that a tiled floor comes with many benefits; tiles are incredibly durable and will certainly withstand the test of time compared to other home flooring materials. Laminate tends to warp with water and carpet can get dirty easily whereas floor tiles will remain in place for years to come and are considerable easy to clean – which is great for hectic families.
Floor tiles come in many different shapes and sizes so you can be certain to find the ideal tile to suit your interior décor, whether that’s current style or intended.
It is relatively easy to lay tiles and if it is something that you have never done before then there are loads of great videos all over the internet that will show you how. However, the right tools are core in ensuring that your tiles are laid out and fixed in place correctly. The aim is to ensure the colour is even, the level is correct and that there surface is watertight otherwise water will seep through the cracks and create a build-up of mould.
If you are hiring a professional or roping in a friend then there’s no doubt that you will still need to determine for yourself how many tiles will be needed to cover the whole floor, allowing for breakage.
It is important to measure the floor tiles out correctly on the floor before applying adhesive to ensure that the end result is what is expected.
Before heading out in search of your ideal floor tile it is worthwhile calculating the floor area of the room to estimate the number of floor tiles that are required. To do this you will need a tape measure and a calculator.
The first stage to determine how many floor tiles you will need is to calculate the square footage of the room, Here’s how:
Step 1: First measure the length and the width of the room.
Step 2: Multiply the width by the length.
[Length of Floor] X [Width of Floor] = Total Area
If you have a room that varies in size break it up into squares and calculate the square foot of each one and add these together.
[Total Area 1] X [Total Area 2] x [Total Area 3] = Overall Total Area
If you have fireplaces or kitchen cupboards then work out the square foot of floor they are taking up and subtract this from the overall result.
[Total Area 1] – [Total Area 2] = Overall Total Area
Note: Many tiles will need to be cut and some may break, therefore to ensure you have enough tiles add 10% on to the final calculation. What’s more is that if tiles break in the future you will have spare tiles to replace them.
Ok, so we now know our square footage and so now need to figure out how many tiles to buy…
Tiles generally come in 4 inch, 6 inch, 9 inch, and 18 inch squares. Use the following equations depending on the size of your floor tile:
4 inch tiles:
Total Area ÷ 0.1089 = Number of 4″ tiles required
6 inch tiles:
Total Area ÷ 0.25 = Number of 6″ tiles required
9 inch tiles:
Total Area ÷ 0.5625 = Number of 9″ tiles required
12 inch tiles:
Total Area = Number of 12″ tiles required (Confused? You have measured your room in square feet, and a 12 inch tile equals 1 square foot)
18 inch tiles:
Total Area ÷ 2.25 = Number of 18″ tiles needed
If you are laying the floor tiles yourself you will need to purchase the specialist tools that are required such as: Notched trowel, Tile cutter, Grout float, Tile spacers, Floor tiles, Floor tile adhesive, Floor tile grout and a Stanley knife.
For a wide variety of floor tiles for use all around the home that are made from a range of quality materials take a look at www.fitcreative.co.ukAdd to Flipboard Magazine.