Buying Guide – Choose the right size for floor tiles

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When purchasing tiles for your own floor, the choice of size creates many doubts. Because maybe you have already chosen the color of the tile that best suits your home, but you don’t know whether to choose a small or large size tile. In our focus we will try to answer your questions regarding the sizes to choose for the floor.

Bathroom Floor: Large Tile Size?

The answer is yes! The larger the size the less joints will be seen. Less escapes lead to make the bathroom appear as a larger and more important place, especially in the case of small bathrooms.

In the last century, the trend was to use small sizes for small rooms (such as the bathroom), recently this trend is changing and many companies start to present tiles with large sizes: to the classic 33x33 is attached an 80x80.

In the photo, a Mutina Primavera large format tile (120x240) was installed on the floor

Square or rectangular sizes?

The answer to this question varies depending on the choice of the tile motif. For concrete or marble tiles the choice will fall on the square format. In the nineties the best-selling square format was 20x20. With the passing of the years the choice has gone up to 33x33 until arriving to 60x60, which has become statistically the most requested format from the consumers.

Cement effect square format

The rectangular sizes have had a sharp spike in recent years due to the exploit of wood-effect tiles. The new technologies in production processes have made the finishes and colours of the tiles more and more similar and faithful to the parquet. The formats, in this case, are usually long and narrow. The parquet is usually 20-25 cm wide, but thanks to the versatility of porcelain stoneware on the market there are even 30-35 cm wide tiles, widths that cannot be realized with real wood. Lengths range from 120 to 250 cm, very similar to the lengths used by parquet manufacturers.

Fake parquet with long and narrow format

Rectangular sizes are not limited to the wood effect. For the rest of the effects the most common rectangular sizes are 40x80 and 60x120. There is also the 30x60, but used more as a covering than as a floor: rarely the floor is smaller than 60x60. The formats 120x240 and 160x320 are instead recommended for coating, where it is easier even to process.


In conclusion the trends of recent years are moving towards the choice of tiles of ever larger size to decrease the leaks giving the room a more homogeneous look.

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