Simple steps to measuring your floor for tiles
While undoubtedly the easiest way to ensure your floor is tiled correctly is to leave it in the hands of professionals, adding floor tiles to your house can also be a fairly simple DIY task. You can do away with having to worry about failing to measure the tiles correctly and the end result being completely off – with the right tools, patience and precision you can master measuring floor tiles yourself easily.
Aside from your choice of floor tiles, you’re going to need a tile cutter or tile scorer, tape measure, string and pencil. Before you get started with moving the furniture and making the measurements, you want to make sure that you have worked out your floor plan.
For a traditionally shaped square or rectangular room, all you’d need to do is measure the width and length of the area using the tape measure and then multiply the two. However, if the room you’re tiling is an awkward shape, you’re going to have to break it down into rectangular areas and separate them using the string.
It’s usually also useful to have a rough sketch of your floor plan with the measurements of each wall (in meters); this would make it easier to work out the total floor area of the room you’re tiling, especially if you are breaking it down into sections.
Get the numbers right
Once you have your total floor area calculated (the multiplied length and width) and picked out the floor tiles you’d like to use, you can work out the total number of tiles you are going to need by dividing the total floor area by the tile area. You can use our tile calculator tool – which can be found on all of our tile range pages - to accurately estimate the number of tiles you are going to need.
It’s always advisable to add extra for wastage and to allow for any mistakes – the recommended allowance is between 10 and 15 percent for regular size tiles, and up to 20% for large format tiles.
On your marks
Regardless of whether you are planning to tile a simple shaped room or a more complex layout, chances are you are going to come across areas which are more troublesome to measure, such as alcoves and the edges of the space. These kinds of areas require more patience – use a pencil to mark the tiles dedicated for use in the area and cut the materials into the correct shape using the tile scorer or tile cutter.
Set the floor up
Once you’ve made all your measurements and have the tiles marked, you should also check that your floor is ready before you commence the tiling work. Sometimes additional preparations might be required – for instance, you may need to add a primer to some adhesives before applying them.
Go ahead and tile
With the right measurements taken and the materials prepared, you have the ideal foundations and are all set to begin tiling!
If you have any queries about how to measure for floor tiles correctly, get in touch with our team and they would be happy to offer their assistance. Haven’t found the perfect tiles yet? Browse the Direct Tile Warehouse floor tiles range for inspiration.
*We do not take responsibility for any extra delivery chargers which may be incurred if top up quantities are needed as a result of incorrect measurements.