Installing a peel and stick backsplash is an easy and affordable way to update the look of your kitchen. But before you start sticking those tiles, it’s important to determine how much peel and stick backsplash you’ll need for your project. Here are some tips on calculating the amount of backsplash you’ll need.
Measure the Area to Be Covered
The first step is to carefully measure the space where you plan to install the backsplash. This includes:
- The wall area behind the countertop
- The wall area behind the stove
- Any other vertical surfaces you want to cover
Make sure to write down the length and height measurements for each section. It’s better to overestimate a bit to allow for mistakes and waste.
To calculate the total area, multiply the length by the height for each section. Then add up the square footage for all sections to determine the total area to be covered.
Most kitchen walls are not perfectly straight or smooth. There may be corners, windows, outlets or other irregularities that require small filler pieces.
Add an extra 10% to your total square footage calculation to account for these irregular shapes and alignments.
Choose Your Tile Size
Peel and stick backsplash tiles come in a variety of sizes such as:
- 4 x 12 inch subway tile style
- 3 x 6 inch bricks
- Large format tiles 12 x 24 inches
The size you choose impacts how much you’ll need. For example, small tiles require more pieces to cover the same area compared to larger tiles.
Review the options and costs to determine the best size for your project and budget. Measure a sample tile to confirm its true dimensions too.
Calculate Tiles Needed
To determine how many whole tiles you’ll need:
- Take the total square footage of your space
- Add 10% more for irregular shapes
- Divide by the square footage of your tile size.
For example, if you have 25 sq ft to cover and 3″ x 6″ tiles (0.5 sq ft per tile), you would need approximately 50 tiles (25 sq ft + 2.5 extra = 27.5 sq ft. Then 27.5 sq ft / 0.5 sq ft per tile = 55 tiles).
Round up to account for any partial tiles and waste.
Order Extra Tiles
It’s always smart to order 5-10% more tiles than your calculations suggest. This covers any mistakes, damaged tiles that need replacement or future repairs.
You can return unused tiles, but it’s better to have a few extra than to run short during your project.
In addition to the backsplash tiles, you’ll need:
- Adhesive or mastic for most installations
- Spacers for uniform grout lines
- Grout for filling in seams
- Grout sealer to protect finished grout
- Caulk for perimeter edges
Measure the perimeter to determine how much adhesive, grout and caulk you’ll require.
Get all your supplies before starting for a smooth install.
Plan Your Layout
A final consideration is planning the tile layout – how the tiles fit together on the wall.
Measure to find the center point and level line as a guide. Draw a layout with proposed tile placements before installing.
This avoids surprises or misaligned end tiles. Having a plan makes the work go faster too.
With some careful calculations and planning, installing peel and stick backsplash is an easy DIY upgrade. Accurately determining how much you need takes the guesswork out of the process. Carefully measure, add extra for waste, and lay out your tiles before sticking them up. Soon you’ll be enjoying a beautiful new backsplash!
Frequently Asked Questions About Peel and Stick Backsplash
How do I prepare the wall for peel and stick backsplash?
Proper wall preparation is key for a successful application. Thoroughly clean and dry the surface. Remove any sealing, grease or old adhesive. Lightly sand glossy areas. Fill any holes or imperfections with spackle. Wipe with denatured alcohol just before installing.
Can I use peel and stick backsplash in my bathroom?
Yes, it can work well around sinks, mirrors, showers and bathtubs. Be sure to use a mold resistant adhesive and grout suitable for humid environments. Avoid direct water contact on the tiles.
Should I use spacers between the tiles?
Spacers are recommended to create uniform grout lines. Place them in the corners when applying each tile. Pull them out after adhesive sets before grouting.
How long does peel and stick backsplash last?
With proper installation and care, it will last 3-5 years or longer. Use it as a temporary option or permanent upgrade. Avoid excessive moisture and heat which can loosen adhesive over time.
What’s the easiest way to cut peel and stick tiles?
Use a utility knife and metal straight edge as a guide. Score the tile face several times before snapping. Also works for outlets, corners and other odd shapes. Use sharp scissors for small final cuts.
Can I change my mind and removetiles later?
Yes, peel and stick tiles can be removed but it takes some effort. Use a hairdryer or heat gun to soften the adhesive. Peel off slowly with plastic scraper. Any remaining adhesive can be scraped off.