A Simple Measuring Method

If you haven’t installed much tile , well than just thinking about  how to measure for tile cuts can seem to be a difficult and frustrating task. But it doesn’t have to be.

There are a few ways to do this, let me show in the video below just how easy this actually is using my method.

Once you decide how big of a grout joint you want, then the formula for measuring is as simple as this – one tile + the grout joint + 1/8 of an inch = ?

That’s it ! It’s really that simple when use a grid system.

Just check out this video on how to measure for tile cuts.

 The key to all of this, is the Grid that I marked on the floor.( More on how to design a tile layout below).

With a few simple measurements and a chalk line,  I was able to create the grid. Once the grid is done and I put it to use, it’s almost like I’m cheating.

There are so many benefits to using a grid and this is just the icing on the cake. Let me show you another video, where you will see  how to measure for tile cuts around a door jamb


You see, when I show you how to measure for tile cuts, it doesn’t have to be hard.  As you seen in the last two videos, it really is simple. I like to use this method when I am measuring for tile cuts for a few reasons, here they are-

It’s Error Proof- 

When using my method on how to measure for tile cuts, you will not have miss-cuts. It really takes the stress away of  trying to figure out the tile cuts.

You get the exact measurement you need!

There’s only one measurement –

Once I figured out how big my tile was plus the grout joint, then I just added the 1/8 of an inch for the gap between the tile and the wall. That’s it!

I did have one area at the door where I didn’t need the 1/8 of an inch gap, so I eliminated it.

If you want to really keep it simple , then don’t eliminate it. Just use the same number all throughout the installation.

It’s just plain FASTER-

When I first started installing tile I didn’t use this method. Well the truth is, I didn’t know it. After many times of  failing, when I tried to measure for a cut and then transfer it onto a tile, I tried this method.

It was really a struggle for me before I used this method. I would miss-cut tile all the time. Take a look at look at a tape measure and try to figure out what the measurement should be after subtracting 3/8 of an inch.

OK,  so think about this – If the measurement is 11 11/32 of an inch and you need to subtract 3/8 of inch from that.

You see what I mean- what a pain in the butt!

The Final result is a better looking tile installation!

If you are not sure how to make the grid system on the the floor, that’s okay. I can show you how to design a tile layout,  just click on the button below to check out my post – How to Install Floor Tile the Easy Way.


How to Make the Grid System

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