Planning a bathroom makeover, and want to figure out your budget for the bathroom tiles? You’re in luck! If you want to know how to estimate tile for a shower in your bathroom, this blog will help you simplify the measurements and calculations for the tile area.  

Whether you’re installing a new tiled shower floor or calculating the total material costs — you can determine how many tiles you will need with these expert tips.

So, don’t let tiling your shower become a daunting task. It doesn’t take as much effort and skill as you may imagine. Once you know exactly what tile and how much of it you’ll require — you can go about planning your home improvement project in a more organized way. 

How to measure your shower area

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Begin your measurements from one shower wall first. Make use of a measuring tape and measure the length and the width of the wall that needs tiling. To determine the square footage, simply multiply the length with width and divide by 144. Measure all the other walls similarly and add the square footage of all the walls. This will give you the total square footage of the shower area. Do remember to add an extra 10 percent for waste and future repairs. 

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Multiply the total square feet by the number of tiles per square foot. Keep in mind that 1 square foot requires four 6-by-6-inch tiles or one 12-by-12-inch tile. For example, a 50-square-foot area would require 50 tiles if using 12-by-12-inch tiles or 200 tiles if using 6-by-6-inch tiles.

Using this formula, you can translate the square footage to the number of tiles you’ll need. Keep in mind that tiles typically come in boxes, and you have to buy the entire box. Therefore, doing the right calculation will help you manage your home remodeling better, and save money. 

Having said that, you should buy slightly over and above the exact amount of tile you need. Keep a little extra for cuts, wastage, tile breakages, or any tile installation mistakes.

If you’re still unsure of how much material you’ll need for your tile project, you can use a tile calculator.

How much extra tile should you buy?

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To account for wastes or breakages, it’s a good idea to buy between 10% and 20% more tile than required. If you’re planning to use multiple-size designs, mosaic tiles, or large tiles, you may even require up to 30% more. That’s because breaking a 2-foot by 2-foot (2’x2’) large tile happens far more than breaking a 2-inch by 2-inch (2”x2”) small tile piece. 

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Which tile size is best for a bathroom shower?

The tile size you choose for your bathroom depends a lot on the area you want tiled. You shouldn’t install one tile size for all the installations. For example, large-format tiles often look awkward, ungainly in small bathrooms. The tile’s size should visually and structurally work for specific applications.

A general rule of thumb is to fit at least three full tiles across the wall of the shower. If you’re using a 13-inch tile, this means that most of your shower walls should be at least 39 inches wide. 

Another tiling rule of thumb is that the tiles — whether square or rectangular or any unique shape — should preferably not be cut into pieces to fit during the tile installation.

Here’s a table to give you a good idea of which tile size should be used where. 

Bathroom area Size recommendation
Shower floor (small)1-inch square
Shower walls (small)1-inch square to 4-inch square
Shower walls (moderate/large )4-inch to 15×30-inch
Bathroom floor1-inch square to 12-inch square
Bathroom walls4-inch square to 12×24-inch

What type of tile is recommended for showers?

There are different types of tiles available on the market. You can choose the best tiles for your bathroom, depending on whether they’re for the floor or wall. Here’s a list of some of the most popular tiles, with their material cost. This pricing does not include the tile installation. 

  • Ceramic tiles: 50 cents up to $15 per square foot
  • Porcelain tiles: $3 to $12 per square foot
  • Travertine tiles: $2 to $3 per square foot
  • Slate tiles or natural stone tiles: $3 to $4 per square foot
  • Limestone tiles: $5 per square foot
  • Granite tiles: $3 to $7 per square foot
  • Marble tiles: $8 to $10 per square foot
  • Herringbone tiles: $15 to $17 per square foot
  • Glass mosaic tiles: $6 to $30 per square foot

Most homeowners prefer ceramic and porcelain tiles for their shower walls as they are water and stain-resistant. For shower floor tiles, they prefer mosaic tiles as these small tiles conform to the slope and shape of the shower floor better than a larger tile. Moreover, the grout lines present between mosaic tiles offer much-needed slip resistance in the shower area.

Read more: How to choose the right shower wall tiles for your bathroom

How can you use Kukun’s bathroom estimator to estimate your bathroom remodel cost?

When you want to estimate the cost of the tiles for your shower or the complete bathroom remodel, the best way is to use a reliable estimator such as the Kukun Bathroom Renovation Cost Estimator

The free estimator tool will help you simplify the process of calculating the tiling costs. What’s more, it will help you estimate the total bathroom renovation cost with the click of a button — within minutes!

With the convenience it offers, you can go ahead and plan your home remodel budget — making your bathroom makeover stress-free, easier and better. 

Read more: 9 Things your bathroom renovation checklist must have

Helpful expert tips on how to estimate tile for shower was last modified: October 27th, 2021 by Ramona Sinha
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