Working Out Floor Tile Quantities
Let our experts help you with an easy way to calculate floor tile quantities. To get started, you will need a measuring tape, a pencil and paper, and a calculator.
Unless you are measuring one large single area, it is not a good idea to work in square metres as it may be inaccurate for the number of tiles required. We recommend measuring in meters (see the video above).
Here's how to calculate the number of tiles required:
Use the example below and change out your tile sizes and you’ll be spot on.
Assume we are tiling the passageway in the drawing below with 250mm x 250mm tiles. The length is 6000mm which works out to 24 tiles and the width is 900mm which is 4 tiles (actually 3.6 but 4 tiles across will be needed). The total number of tiles needed will be 24 x 4 tiles = 96 tiles. If we worked out the area simply by multiplying the length by the width, the answer would be 5.4 square metres which are 86 tiles. As you can see, this would have been quite wrong being 10 tiles short! So remember – work in tiles, not square metres.
If you are still not certain about quantities, just draw out your measurements on some paper and one of our friendly tile consultants will be only too pleased to work it out for you.
Do not forget you may need an edging of “step treads” (very tough anti-slip tiles) to go on any steps down. You will probably also need brass angles to put along the edge of any unfinished tiling where it butts up against another type of flooring.
Our Hot Tip: Find our Tile Quantity Calculator on every tile product page, right where you select the product quantity - it's super easy!