In one of my social media networks, someone posted the following:
When it comes to numbers I am basically illiterate… well I can add up and all that but doing calculations is really beyond me and when you go from inches to metres and all that I am totally screwed so can someone help out here? Room is 16 feet 7 inches by 10 feet 3 inches, the tiles I want to get are 305 mm by 305 mm so – how many do I need to buy???
Can you figure it out? What a thing to make the head explode first thing in the morning!! 🙂
You have what’s needed in feet and inches, which must be converted to inches so you are using the same unit. Then you have to multiply the length in inches by the width in inches to get the number of squared inches to be tiled.
Next you have the size of the tiles, given in millimeters. And you have to multiply length by width to get squared millimeters. Now you have to convert squared inches to squared millimeters or vice versa so you are working with the same units. And once you have the same units to work with, you have to divide the size of the area to be covered by the size of the tiles, which will give you the number of tiles to be purchased.
What answer did you get? Did you bother? It took some mental gymnastics, but I recommended 164 tiles minimum, with extra for mistakes. If your head is foggy, as mine often is, give it a go and tell me if I’m right!
I wish life was so cut-and-dried. A good lesson for calculating the immeasurables, like love and friendship and honesty and integrity and trust and kindness and keeping promises and vows, and when to say, “I’m sorry.” Thank you to my friend who writes some awesome ditties that make me smile, and who has unexpectedly given me another life lesson!!
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