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Standard floor tile size

Updated April 17, 2017

A sparkling new tile job brightens up and modernises a home, offering more bang for the do-it-yourselfer's buck than many other remodelling options. Floor tile today encompasses myriad material options, including porcelain, ceramic and natural stone. Design, maintenance and the overall size of a space will help determine the type of floor tile you'll use. Standard floor tile sizes range from just two inches wide to a foot and a half.

Smaller Tiles

Standard tile sizes for bathroom floor areas include 8-, 6-, 4- and 2-inch. There are numerous lines of 8 and 6-inch ceramic and porcelain floor tile. Tumbled stone--installed primarily on shower floors--is available in 4-inch tiles. Lastly, 2-inch sheet-mounted floor tile is also a standard for shower and bathroom floors.

Medium-size Tiles

For kitchen floors, general flooring and bathroom floors, 12-inch tile is standard and is available in ceramic, porcelain and natural stone. Twelve-inch floor tiles, however, do have a downside when installed in larger rooms (more than 100 square feet): the smaller tile size creates more grout lines that require maintenance and cleaning.

Larger Tiles

Eighteen-inch tile is a standard tile size that helps build the illusion of a larger space. Using tiles of this size creates far fewer grout lines, projecting a less-busy look. Eighteen-inch tiles have more surface are thus fewer grout joints. Fewer grout lines make 18-inch floors easier to maintain, especially if large grout joints are used, but there is a downside to this size of tile: The larger size and weight of 18-inch tile--especially porcelain and dense natural-stone varieties--make pieces difficult to handle, cut and install for the do-it-yourselfer.

Nonstandard (24-inch and Larger) Tiles

Floors made of two-foot tiles project a massive, monolithic look, but this size of tile flooring isn't traditional. In fact, installing two-foot or larger tile flooring requires special tools, equipment and expertise.

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About the Author

Residing in San Diego, Calif., Tim Daniel is a professional writer specializing in politics. His work has appeared at both the Daily Caller and Pajamas Media. With more than 20 years of experience in the field of construction, Daniel also specializes in writing about tile, stone and construction management. He is pursuing a bachelor's degree in communications.