How to measure up a tiling job

In order to work out how many tiles you need for your tiling project, you need to work out the metre square of the space to be tiled and we are going to guide you through how to do just that. The correct planning is essential to achieve the perfect finish.

1] Measure the total area of the room / space to be tiled

Firstly measure the width of the area (a)
Secondly, measure the height (b)
Multiply the width with the height (a x b) to calculate the total area of the wall /floor = X

2] Measure the area of obstructions

You definitely don’t want wastage when doing a tiling job. In order for your business to be efficient, you need to order the perfect amount of tiles for your job with a few surplus thrown in for good measure. You do not, however, want to have too many tiles left over. For this reason, it is important to take out any obstructions from your X, such as a window or a door or any other fixed feature of a room or floor.

Calculate the area of the fixed features (door, window etc)

c x d = Y (area of door)
e x f = Z (area of window)

Y + Z = total area of obstructions

3] Work out the total area minus obstructions

X (total area) – (Y + Z) (total obstructions) = Total Area Metre Square

Remember to add 10% to allow for cutting waste, breakages and a few spares.

4] Adding markers

It is essential to set out a tiling job correctly to ensure that you have good cuts, remember if you end up with a thin piece of tile anywhere it will look terrible and be hard to do. Try and calculate where the tiles will end up, don’t start with a full tile on the floor or in the corner of a room as these are unlikely to be square or level.

If you are thinking about a change in career, and a move to tiling where you can be your own boss and create satisfying jobs for your customers, then our 13 day Ultimate Tiling Course will teach you everything you need to know. You will learn from Darren, the owner of the business, who will teach you all the tricks of the trade that he has learnt from his entire career in the tiling business. You will not only learn the skill of tiling great jobs but also the intricacies of business and marketing and generating customers. If you want to speak to Darren about the course first then he would be more than happy to discuss anything with you.

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