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Planning your Tiling Project: Steps to Success

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When planning your tiling project, there are a few steps you can take to ensure the very best outcome that will not only meet your design requirements but also allow you to ensure your project stays on budget and is well organised. After you have selected your perfect tiles, it’s time to calculate how many tiles you will need to order, create your ideal tile layout and then finally, find the perfect Tiler for your project.

Planning your Tiling Project: How to Calculate Tile Quantities

Calculating how many tiles you will need is the first step to ensure a well organised project. Although most tiles are sold by the square meter, some tiles are sold in box lots. Other options (such as high end handmade tiles or certain mosaic tiles for example) are sold per tile or per sheet. This is crucial information to take note of when calculating how many tiles your project will require in order to ensure you are not only calculating the correct tile quantities but also the correct pricing of your tile selection.

When shopping for tiles by the square meter, start off with working out the area of the space being tiled. This is a simple formula: Length x Width = Area.

Note down the length and width of the space and multiply these two figures to get the area of the space. Make sure to calculate the area of each individual wall and floor being tiled. This can be a little more complicated when working out the area of different shapes; in more unique layouts, draw up a simple floor plan and note down the length of each wall. Divide the shape of the space into sections which you can then use to simplify the process of working out the room’s total area. In an ‘L’ shaped room for example, the space can be divided into two separate rectangles. You would then work out the area of each rectangle and add these figures together to achieve a total area.

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Different types of tiles are available in a variety of pricing formats. Mosaic tiles for example, are often priced per sheet rather than per square meter while certain high-end feature tiles can be priced per tile. This information is important to keep in mind when calculating how many tiles you will need for your project. Our Ditto terrazzo mosaic tiles for example, are priced per sheet. Each elegant option will add luxurious elements of pattern, colour, texture and shape to your design scheme.

The process is simpler when you are purchasing tiles that are sold individually (as is the case with certain high end tile options or mosaic tile sheets). In these situations, you would simply use the size of your selected tile or sheet of tiles and calculate how many times this figure can be repeated in the length or width of the space being tiled.

When calculating tile quantities, it is always recommended that some excess be allowed for. Extra tiles in your tile order can be used in many different ways; your tile may feature a varying pattern or colour for example, and you may use more of your excess tiles to create a perfectly blended look. If you have spare tiles stored away in your home, you can always use these to replace broken tiles should any damage occur later on down the track or if you are renovating and moving built-in cabinetry for example, you can use excess tiles to tile over any gaps left behind in the flooring. As a general rule of thumb, allowing yourself 10% excess in your tile order is recommended however, this may vary depending on your selected tile type. Our team will advise on the most suitable amount of excess tiles to allow for specific to your tile selection.

Create a Tile Layout

In order to ensure the most satisfactory outcome when tiling your home, it is always recommended that you effectively communicate your preferred tile layout to your Tiler. If possible, this information should be presented in writing or in a drawing (Interior Designers will create a tile layout drawing for your project for example) during the quotation stage of your tiling project. This is because certain tile types and tile layouts can affect the cost of labour in your tiling project so having this information available early on will ensure you are able to receive the most accurate quotes possible and avoid any unpleasant surprises later on!

Bala Laundry Tiles_Planning your Tiling Project

When selecting your new tiles, it is important to plan out your ideal layout pattern. Subway tiles for example, can be laid in a wide range of different layouts, allowing you to create a unique look in your home. This information should be conveyed to your Tiler, ideally during the quoting stage, to ensure all parties involved in your project are on the same page. Featured in this rustic themed laundry room, our Bala collection combines subway tiles and square tiles to create a tactile look.

Different types of tiles will allow for different layouts to be achieved. Subway tiles for example, can be laid in a large variety of patterns from the classic brick bond layout to a herringbone tile layout. Rectangular tiles can be specified to run horizontally across a wall or running vertically up a wall. Fishscale tiles can be laid with their pointed ends facing downwards on a wall, upwards or sideways! As you can see, there is plenty of room for interpretation when it comes to finalising a tile layout so it is crucial that this information be effectively communicated to your Tiler in order to ensure a smooth and simple project.

Planning your Tiling Project: Choosing a Tiler

Finally, it’s time to select a Tiler! As noted above, letting your Tiler know your selected tiles and preferred layout during the quoting stage is an important step. This information may affect their quote, ensuring you have no unexpected surprises later on during the course of your project. Seek out a few different quotes to ensure you find the best fit for your project. You may also want to consider asking your Tiler for references, allowing you the opportunity to speak with a couple of past clients, once again ensuring they are the best fit for your needs. Our Checklist for Selecting a Tiler can be downloaded here and includes more tips and information that will help you find the very best Tiler for your next project!

Wynston Terrazzo Look Tikles_Planning your Tiling Project

A luxurious large format tile, our Wynston collection offers a realistic representation of terrazzo stone. Made of durable porcelain, these contemporary tiles can be used as both a floor and wall tile throughout your home’s interior spaces.

When planning your tiling project, there are a few steps you can take to ensure a successful outcome. After you’ve chosen your perfect tiles, you will need to then calculate how may tiles you will actually need to complete your project while also specifying your preferred tile layout. This information should then be passed on to your Tiler to ensure all parties involved in your project are on the same page. Our team at Perini Tiles can assist you through the process of selecting the perfect tiles for your project while also offering expert advice on tile layouts and curating your ideal colour scheme; Visit our showroom or shop for tiles online here.