You would think that measuring a floor in order to buy the right number of floor tiles would be easy. In most cases, it is. Simply measure the length by the breadth and you have your square footage (or square meters). That makes ordering in floor tiles easy. However, what if your floor space is oddly shaped – for example, “L”, “+” or even “0”?
For “L” shaped rooms, the answer is fairly straightforward. Measure the room as two rectangles (taking the square measure for each rectangle) and add the two measurements together. For “+” shaped areas, measure each arm separately and add them together. For rooms that include any round areas, the best approach is to convert the curve into a straight line – you will have several tiles left over, however, you will need to cut tiles to fit so a few spares won’t go astray. For rooms with triangles, work on the complete square then halve the result. You can also apply these principles to walls and benchtops.
It’s important to have the right measurements for your floor space. If you order too few tiles, there is a risk of not finding the exact same tiles when you come looking for extras. Of course, there is also the risk of over-ordering – this can be costly if you order far too many.
If you are having difficulty determining your floor area, talk to a tile expert. Draw your floor plan on paper and take as many measurements as possible. Bring them into one of the tile experts at Éco Dépôt Céramique. We will work out your exact floor space and how many tiles you need to complete your project. We have many design ideas as well that you may be interested in discussing with us. Don’t leave it to chance. Get expert help when considering a floor tile project.