When taking on any tiling project it’s important to first calculate how many tiles you’re going to need to complete the job. Whether it’s for walls or floors, large or small spaces, it’s a quick and easy way to determine the cost and help you stay within your budget. Jamie, National Flooring Buyer at Bunnings, shares a few hints and tips on how to do this.
Before you start
You should have a clear idea of the size and shape of the area you want to tile and how it’s going to be used. It’s helpful to first draw your area on paper. For example, two walls and one floor. Then, determine if the tiles are to cover the whole area or part of the area and mark the area to be covered.
Make sure you settle on a tiling pattern early like straight, pin wheel or herringbone, and your grout width. Remember to take out the spaces for windows but add in any sills or skirting you plan to tile. Also think about the fixed accessories you want incorporated with your tiling. Plus, you should always order an extra 10 to 15% because even if you don’t use them for the project, they may come in handy at a later date.
Check out the full range of tiles available at your local Bunnings or see the D.I.Y. Advice section for more hints and tips.