How to measure your space for tile installation

by | Mar 23, 2024

Sprucing up your space with peel and stick tiles is one of the quickest ways to dramatically change the vibe – and because it’s non-permanent, it’s also easy to change back! Whether you’ve installed peel and stick tiles a million times or this is your first attempt, taking accurate measurements is the first, and most critical, step. This avoids costly mistakes and helps ensure a smooth installation process. Once you’ve ensured your flooring material is suitable for peel and stick and chosen the tile size option you’d like, the next step before ordering is to measure your space. 

You can never measure too many times. 

You’ve heard the phrase ‘measure twice, cut once’, right? This is a critical approach to all DIY projects, and floor tiles are no exception. Make sure to double-check your measurements before ordering.

When it comes to measuring your space for tile installation, there are two common methods: measuring by square footage or by calculating the width and height of the space. Let’s delve into each method to help you determine which one suits your needs best.

Method 1: Measuring by Square Footage

Measuring by square footage is a straightforward method commonly used for larger areas. Here’s how you can do it:

Prepare Your Tools: Grab a measuring tape, a pencil, and a notepad to jot down your measurements.

Divide Your Space: If your floor space has irregular shapes or multiple rooms, divide it into smaller, manageable sections.

Measure the Length and Width: Start by measuring the length and width of each section in feet. For instance, if a room measures 10 feet in length and 8 feet in width, multiply these two dimensions to get the square footage (10 ft x 8 ft = 80 sq ft).

Account for Wastage: It’s advisable to add a 10% buffer to your total square footage to accommodate cuts, mistakes, and future repairs.

Convert to Inches: We offer 12×12” tiles. For one sq ft, you will need one 12×12” tile. So if your space is 80 sq ft, you will need 80 tiles in the size of 12×12” to install in your space.

Method 2: Measuring by Width and Height

If you prefer a more detailed approach, especially for smaller areas or rooms with irregular shapes, measuring by width and height might be your preferred method. Here’s how to do it:

Section Your Space: Similar to the first method, divide your floor space into manageable sections.

Measure Width and Height: Using a measuring tape, measure the width and height of each section in inches. For example, if a section measures 60 inches in width and 72 inches in height, multiply these two dimensions to get the total square inches (60 in x 72 in = 4,320 sq in).

Determine Tile Quantity: Divide the total square inches of each section by the area of one tile. For instance, if you’re using 12×12″ tiles (144 sq ft in per tile), divide the total square inches of the section by 144 to get the number of tiles needed. So, if your space is 4,320 sq inches, you will need 30, 12×12” tiles to install in your space.

Repeat for Each Section: Repeat the process for all sections, then sum up the total number of tiles required for your entire floor space.

By following these simple steps, you can accurately measure your space and determine the number of tiles needed for your project. Whether you opt for the convenience of square footage or the precision of width and height measurements, proper planning ensures a smooth and successful tile installation process. So, grab your measuring tape, roll up your sleeves, and get ready to transform your space with beautiful new tiles!