How Do Measurements Help When Purchasing Supplies?
When it comes to measuring to plan for product use, such as flooring, tile, or other materials, accurate dimensions are extremely helpful. Whether planning for new cabinets or to ensure you get enough flooring, having room measurements are helpful for purchasing enough product for your project's scope.
Using the L x W = A formula above, take the measurements of the space to find the square footage of what you want to update, for both the floor or the walls. Flooring and tile come in a few different sizes and shapes, so select an appropriately sized set to match the space you’re updating.
When it comes to tile and flooring in particular, always order extra so you don’t run out of supplies. For flooring, tile, or backsplash, add 10 percent more to the total amount of square footage needed (rounded up to the nearest size based on how the flooring tiles/planks are packaged.) This ensures you have enough material in case any adjustments are needed or if any tiles break in the process. A later purchase might have alterations to what you originally bought or that material could be out of distribution. There's nothing wrong with having extra tiles or flooring planks on hand in case of damage.
To see this in action, say you are planning on updating your bathroom floor with tile, and also extending that same tile halfway up the wall on all sides of the room. The bathroom floor is 4x6 ft (or 24 sq.ft.), and the bathroom wall measures 6x10 ft (or 60 sq. ft.). Since you’re only updating half the wall, divide 60 sq. ft. in half to 30 sq. ft. Now your total square footage to be updated with tile, using the L x W = A formula, is 24 x 30 = 720 sq. ft.
To calculate 10 percent of 720 sq. ft., move the decimal spot one numeral to the left (or multiply the total by 0.1). In this case, 10 percent of 720 sq. ft. is 72 sq. ft.
720 (total sq. ft.) + 72 (10 percent of total) = 792 sq. ft. (the total amount of tile you need)
As 12x12 in. is a popular size, let’s use that example. Divided by 12, 792 reduces to 66. You need approximately 66 tiles for this project. Single tiles usually come in boxes of 10-15, you can plan to buy between 6 and 7 boxes of tile for this flooring update.