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# How many 16 x 16 square feet tiles will it take to cover 100 square feet?

Updated: 9/18/2023

Wiki User

14y ago

How do I figure a room for 16X16 tiles?

The concept is confusing but the math is pretty simple...

· Tiles are sold by the square foot not by the tile..

· Measure the room & round up to the next foot, ie.. 11' 6" just write it down as 12'

· If the room has offsets or halls, just remember to treat it like another room & do the length X width of each area. Then add them all up.

· Box will tell you how many sq feet is in a box, so you are paying by the foot, but buying by the box........

· Each 16X16 tile is 1.778 sq feet

· 16X16 tile will likely be packaged in a box with 9-11 pieces per box..

· Usually about 14- 18 sq feet per box depending on the makers preferences...

· By way of example if your room is 12X12 that's 144 sq feet,

· Divide the sq feet by how many sq feet in the box & you know how many boxes..

· 12"X12" is DUH 144 sq inches & 1 sq foot

· so multiply any tile size by its 2 dimensions ie 12X12 or 16X16 & that = the sq ft per tile.

· 13"X13" is 169 sq inches divided by 144 sq inches in a sq foot =1.174 per tile

· 18"X18" is 324 sq inches per tile divided by 144 sq inches per sq ft= 2.25 sq ft per tile

· 20"x20" tiles are 2.778 per tile

· 24X24 tiles are 4 sq ft per tile

Soooo once you know the sq feet you need, add a little for waste & breakage & ooops cuts & you will have enough..

The fact that a good tile setter starts in the middle of the room & works out also means you may have a fair bit of cutting one all the walls but a centered look is much better and likely allows you to use the pieces up.

Wiki User

14y ago