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Dad, “how do you calculate square footage for a backsplash?” I am going to confess, prior to installing our removable kitchen backsplash, I was not sure how many tiles I needed or how to measure backsplash square footage. Would you believe me if I told you that I had my painters tape out and was mapping it out on the wall and trying to determine how much tile I needed? Oh yes, my dad came home from lunch one afternoon to find me taping off our backsplash in the kitchen. Needless to say, I learned fairly quickly how to calculate square footage for a backsplash and how to measure for tile. This post contains affiliate links. See disclosure – here.
How to calculate square footage for backsplash
I knew I was in trouble when the tile guy said, “what is the backsplash square feet?” Umm, I’ll call you right back on that.
Whether you are measuring square feet for a tile backsplash or a countertop, this method will work. You can also find a backsplash measurement calculator on google as well.
How to calculate square feet
How to calculate square feet isn’t difficult as long as you know this tip.
Measure length x width (in inches) and take that total number and divide it by 144. That gives you the square footage of your area.
If you are interested in installing a backsplash that you can remove (great for a rental), click through this post, how to install a kitchen subway tile backsplash tutorial.
How to measure for backsplash tile
In my case, this particular backsplash wall was 13 feet (156″) in length and 1 foot (12 inches) in width for a total of 1872 inches (156×12). Divide total inches 1872 by 144 (total square inches in a foot) = 13 (square feet).
Math was not my strong suit in school and “144” threw me off!
My dad said, “all that money I spent on college and you can’t remember how many square inches in a foot?”.
Nope, I think I skipped that day.
I am happy to say, I know how to calculate square feet now.
If you google, “how to measure for backsplash tile, ” a lot of tutorials will come up as well.
UPDATE: This kitchen has been fully gutted, walls torn down and an additional 400 square feet added. See new DIY kitchen renovation reveal (click link) or click image below to see the amazing new kitchen.
We updated this kitchen two times, once where we painted the old cabinets and then a big overhaul, tearing down a wall, adding new kitchen cabinets and an island. Here is a peek below at the new island. You can see the entire new DIY kitchen reveal here.
If you are anything like me, math makes my brain hurt and that’s why I hang my pictures and shelves with painters tape. Be sure to check out that painters tape post if you struggle with measurements. ha. Measuring for a kitchen backsplash is very simple and how to calculate square feet really isn’t that difficult once you do it a couple times. Hopefully for those of you with simple math brains like me, this helps you move forward with your backsplash project and how to calculate square footage.