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Tile School: How to Measure For Your Tile Backsplash

Posted by: Kali • Feb 1

Tile School: How to Measure For Your Tile Backsplash

Tile shown: Paseo in White Gloss; Image: Malcolm Fearon, Bliss Images

Figuring out how much tile you're going to need for your backsplash project can be confusing.  It is important to make sure you're ordering the right amount, and a little bit extra just to be safe.  This is especially true with handmade tile because there will always be natural color variation from one batch to the next.  Figuring out the amount of tile you'll need for your kitchen backsplash requires just a few simple calculations, and we're here to guide you through the process step-by-step.  However if you have a complicated backsplash project, it is always best to hire a professional.

Let's start measuring!

What you'll need:

- Measuring Tape

- Pen or Pencil and paper

- Calculator

First, you'll need to figure out the total area of your backsplash in square inches. To find this number you'll need to grab your measuring tape and measure the height and width of your backsplash.  Be sure to write this down and always round up.  To calculate the square inches simply multiply the height times the width.  If there are multiple walls or sections, you can find the area of each separately and add them together for your final number.  For our example in the video below we've measured a backsplash area that is 48" W x 24" H.  When multiplied you get a total of 1,152 square inches.

48" x 24" = 1,152 square inches

Tile is sold by the square foot, so next you'll need to figure out the total square footage of your backsplash based on the square inches you just calculated.  To get this number simply divide your total square inches by 144.

48" x 24" = 1,152"/144 = 8 square feet.

Now because we always recommend ordering overage, we suggest ordering at least 10% extra.  10% of 8 square feet is .8, so you should round up and order at least 9 square feet of tile total.  That's it!  You're ready to start ordering your tile!  Be sure to check out the video below for an overview of these instructions and a look at how to order trim for your backsplash.

Need some help measuring your backsplash?  Simply call, chat, or fill out our Design Assistance Form and one of our talented Design Consultants will get back to you shortly.

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