Measuring Tips

Graphic Layouts for conventional configurations for measurement guidance

 Brisbane Wall Tile and Floor Tile Measuring Tips 

Illustration 1:

Tiling to full height walls (with or without cornice) and floor area.

Measure all walls length x width then take out any door/window areas.

Measure all floor area length x width including shower floor.

Allow at least 10% extra for cuts/waste and spares.


Illustration 2:

All floor area in floor tile, and skirting, shower walls and vanity splashback in wall tile.

Measure both shower walls length x width and add together. Measure vanity splashback length x height. Measure skirting length around all walls x height. Allow 1 m2 extra for shower hob. Add all measurements.

Measure all floor area length x width including shower floor.

Allow at least 10% extra for cuts/waste and spares.

Illustration 3:

Floor and skirting in same tile, vanity splashback in different tile (no shower).

Measure all floor area length x width, then take out shower area. Measure skirting length around all walls x height. Add all measurements.

Measure vanity splashback length x height.

Allow at least 10% extra for cuts/waste and spares.


For other areas, tile measurement will be length x width. Try to square off areas for easier measurement.  Area to be tiled and size of tiles used will determine allowance for cuts and waste, inevitable losses in any tiling job. It is generally accepted that a 10% allowance should be made but this could be as low as 5% or as high as 20% for stone product or unusual areas. Ensure that you have spares left at the end of the job for future renovations, breakages or modifications.

If shower area has a hob then generally shower floor will have >= 330 x 330mm tile matching the overall floor tile.


Using Decorators

Decorators or feature tiles are used to provide a point of difference in the room, to break up the starkness or to provide a highlight or focal point. Decorators are completely personal and their use, color, design and placement should be based more on personal preference than on convention or current trend. However, some types of features can help to give a visual illusion that may help to make the room size look different, eg. vertical strips can make the ceiling look higher.

Common placement of decorators are:

-          vertical strip in shower, centered or offset,

-          vertical strip up front of bath and on tiled wall behind bath,

-          as vanity splashback,

-          in shower niche,

-          horizontal strip around shower, or whole room if tiled,

-          random short strips offset and at different heights, etc.

-          panels of feature tile/ or whole wall areas in a feature tile.


Decorators as mosaics generally come as 300mm x 300mm sheets which can be cut up into various widths to reduce the size of the feature strip. We have noted potential strip widths on each mosaic to assist with ordering. Too thin a decorator strip will prove insignificant and wasted, too thick a decorator strip could overpower the area.

Divide your chosen decorator into the width you require and calculate how many strips you will get out of each sheet, each strip will then be 300mm long and multiplied by the amount of strips will give you the length of coverage for each sheet. Divide into the total length required will give you the amount of sheets required.

If the room space allows, it is also possible to run the floor tile up one wall as a feature wall, negating the need for a decorator tile. In a long narrow room, this is best doen on one of the longer walls as it tends to diminish the long narrow appearance.