How to Measure for Brick Slips

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How to Measure for Brick Slips

Deciding to install brick slips is an exciting prospect and one that will change the look of your home. While brick slips are easy to install, you’ll need to work out how many you will need. As a result, you will need to work out how much you need in square metres, as that will enable you to work out how many boxes you require.


So, how many brick slips will you need?

The first thing you need to do is work out the size of the area where you will be installing your brick slips. This is relatively straightforward although you will want to get it right otherwise you risk ordering too many or too few brick slips.

For the area you are covering, you will need to measure the:

  • Height of the wall which might be from the floor if there is no skirting board or from the top of the skirting board to the ceiling.
  • Width of the wall


Once you have both of these measurements, you then multiply them together to give you the square metres.

If you are only covering one wall then this is all you need but if you are covering multiple walls, you’ll need to add the final measurements for each wall together.

We also recommend that you order up to 10% more than you need as this will enable you to allow for waste or breakages.

If you have a door, fireplace or window, you don’t want to spend money on tiles that won’t be used for this area. So, measure the height of the door, window or fireplace as well as the width and then multiply them together. You can then deduct this figure from the total of the full wall.


Here is an example to help:

  • Full wall - 3 metres high by 4 metres high. This equates to 12 sq. metres
  • Doorway - 2 metres high and 0.8m wide. This equates to 1.6 sq metres.
  • Take the measurement of the door away from the measurement of the wall - 12-1.6 which will give you 10.4 sq,
  • You now need to add 10% for breakages which means you should order an additional 1sq metre which brings the overall order total up to 11.4 sq metres.


You will also need to make sure that you use spacers in between the brick slips when installing them, so make sure you order enough for the area

What about corner slips?

If you are going to cover an external corner then you will need corner slips. These are an L shape and can be fitted on an external corner to help keep the design of brick slips flowing.

You can measure for this by measuring the height of your wall or the width and then dividing the figure by the height of the brick slips (the shorter number when measuring both ways). This will then enable you to order the right amount of brick slips for your job.