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Tile School: Plan Ahead, Order Extras

By Shannon Malone

Tile School: Plan Ahead, Order Extras

When placing a tile order one of the most important things you can do is plan ahead.  Installing tile can be challenging, so the more prepared you are going into the process the better.  Along with hiring the right tile installer, you can make sure the process goes smoothly by determining the right amount of tile for your project, as well as how much extra tile you should order to prevent having to order more.

You can always order more, but because of the nature of handmade tile, the color variation from one batch to another may be different, resulting in tile that doesn't look exactly the same.  That is the beauty of handmade tile that is made to order, your tile will always be unique.  Made to order tile also has a lead time, so if you have to order more, your installation will have to wait for your new tile to be made, costing you more time and money.

Why you should order extra

Instead, we suggest ordering at least 15-20% extra.  This will cover any loss of material during cutting, job site jostling, and any mistakes that are made during installation.  Most often when a unique, handmade tile cut has been made, the remaining piece of tile cannot be used anywhere else, resulting in fewer tiles than expected.  Having a safety net of extra tile makes the installation process go much smoother, and is done right, the first time.  We especially recommend ordering extras when dealing with specialty shapes that will require special cuts, or when the area you are tiling has certain architectural details that will require more cutting.

How to determine how much tile to order

So let's say you are ordering our Ogee shape for your backsplash.  First, you will need to figure out how much tile you need to cover the area based on your dimensions.  Let's say your backsplash is 3 feet x 9 feet.  To calculate your square footage simply multiply the 2 dimensions. 3 ft x 9 ft = 27 square feet.  So now you know the minimum amount of tile you should order is 27 SF.  Now, 15% of 27 SF is 4 SF, so in this case, you should order 4 SF extra, 31 SF total.

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What about commercial and larger projects?

The rule doesn't always apply to larger jobs such as commercial applications. 10% of a large job will probably end up being too much, around 5% could do the trick. If you're unsure our design associates are happy to help figure out exactly how much extra you should order.

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Need some help figuring out how much extra to order?  Simple call, chat, or fill out our Design Assistance Form and one of our talented Design Consultants will get back to you shortly.