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If your home improvement plan involves a new ceramic tile floor, how do you determine the amount of ceramic tiles you need? Simply calculate the area you plan to cover and divide that number by the size of one ceramic tile.

Total Area (Floor, Wall, Countertop):

Length (ft.) × Width (ft.) = Total Area (sq. ft.)

Tile to Order:

  • For 4" Tiles: Total Area ÷ 0.1089 = Number of 4" Tiles Needed

  • For 6" Tiles: Total Area ÷ 0.25 = Number of 6" Tiles Needed

  • For 9" Tiles: Total Area ÷ 0.5625 = Number of 9" Tiles Needed

  • For 12" Tiles: Total Area = Number of 12" Tiles Needed

  • For 18" Tiles: Total Area ÷ 2.25 = Number of 18" Tiles Needed

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Katharine Kaye McMillan is a writer whose work appears regularly in magazines and newspapers. She is a contributing writer to Florida Design Magazine and the co-author of several books on decorating and design, including Sun Country Style, which is the basis for licensed signature collections of furniture and accessories by three leading American manufacturers and importers. Patricia Hart McMillan is a nationally known interior designer whose work for private clients, designer showcases, and corporations has appeared in publications worldwide, including the New York Times and USA Today. A prolific writer, McMillan is coauthor and author of seven books on interior design and decoration. She is decorating editor for Christian Woman Magazine and reports on design trends for The Sun-Sentinel in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

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