Guide to how to Measure for Wall Tiling

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Although tiling is a popular DIY job, some aspects can be more difficult than they seem. One such aspect is measuring for wall tiling. When you measure for wall tiling, there are a number of steps you need to take to make sure you get it right. Here at Tiles 2 Go in Preston, we are tiling experts. As a result, we have produced a range of how to guides. This is our guide to how to measure for wall tiling.


First of all, you will need to make sure that you have the right equipment for the job. This includes:

  • The wall tiles
  • Tape measure or rule

Choosing the tiles

Before you begin to measure for wall tiling, you should already know which tiles you want to apply. This is because you will need to know the tile size to calculate the amount needed.

Before measuring

You will need to make sure that the wall area is flat and prepared before you measure for wall tiling. This is because if it is not, the calculations will not be exact and you could make mistakes. This will cost you both time and possibly money.

How to measure for wall tiling

Step 1: Vertical and Horizontal

To establish just how many tiles you need to cover the wall area, you will need to measure the whole size. Begin by measuring vertically, from the floor to the ceiling if applicable, and then measure the width.

Once you know the full size you can use the size of the tiles to establish how many you will need. If you will need half or part tiles, you should count these as a whole tile.

Now you can multiply together the number of tiles needed for the height, and the number of tiles needed for the width, to provide the total number of tiles needed.

Step 2: Obstacles

guide to how to measure for wall tiling

Step 3: Scale Drawing

This is an optional step, but one that is well worth taking. At this stage you should create a diagram or a scale drawing of your wall. This will help you plan a tiling layout and show how the tiles will fit into place. In addition, you will be able to see how many tiles will need to be cut.

Tiling can begin

At this point you are ready to purchase tiles and begin tiling. Make sure you have over-calculated for tiles before you begin. Otherwise you could be left short of tiles and this can ruin your tiling.

If you are ready to being tiling, visit Preston’s leading tiling specialists online or in store today, here at Tiles 2 Go.