All About Tiles
Tile Sizes & Thickness Explained
Like tile styles, sizes have also evolved over the years and there is now so much choice it can be overwhelming. Our experts will run through all your beautiful options.
When considering the size you also need to understand tile thickness and what that means to your reno.
Tiles come in an amazing variety of sizes and shapes to suit every style and purpose, but which is the ideal size for your space? You might be surprised to hear that your room size doesn’t necessarily determine your tile size. Smaller spaces can really benefit from larger tiles, where fewer grout lines visually expand the room. Or if you are looking to inject depth and dimension to a space, small size wall tiles create interest through unique laying patterns.
All sizes are noted in millimetres (1000mm = 1 metre)
Our Hot Tip: Can't quite visualise the difference between a 100x300 subway and a 1000x3000 slab? Check out our tile sizes poster, shown in scale, right here!
Subways, Squares, Slabs and everything in between - our range of tile sizes is HUGE!
When it comes to choosing the size of your tiles, there's a limitless array of options from tiny penny rounds to subway tiles to 600x600mm floor tiles right through to slab tiles as big as three metres long. But there's another dimension to these incredibly diverse floors and wall coverings that often gets overlooked and that’s Tile Thickness.
Our porcelain tiles extend from as thin as 6mm like our slim yet ultra-large slab tiles through to a hefty 20mm thick for the toughest porcelain tile pavers. The vast majority of porcelain tiles are 6mm to 10mm thick and a tile in this range will serve most purposes. Wall tiles typically range from 6 to 10mm thick. Mosaics and decorative wall products also range from 6 to 10mm thick to make combining them easier.
Tile thickness may not be something you'd notice in a finished job, but knowing how thick tiles are can be very useful when planning a renovation, especially for understanding how high your floor may end up. Remember to also allow for any underlay, levelling compound and adhesive bed when calculating the finished height.
There's no single standard thickness for wall and floor tiles - different types of tiles for different purposes are likely to be different thicknesses. That said, any tiles that are the same and from the same batch will be the same thickness. The exception is with some naturally quarried stone products. These are split from larger slabs and there is sometimes a range of natural variation in thickness. Any good tiler who is experienced with natural stone products will be able to account for any thickness variations when laying the tiles.
We recommend asking our expert staff about the thicknesses of your tiles before laying. Dry laying before you fix your tiles in place is also a great way to ensure the thickness is even and the tiles will be level.
Floor Tile: Serie Loft Tawny Satin
Our Hot Tip: Using a tile levelling system will ensure the top surface of your tiles will be flat and level.
Our Hot Tip: If you’re tiling over tiles, it’s important to know the tile thickness before you start, as that may impact your doors and where the new floor meets other floors.