Your Guide To Tile Sizes: From 1 Inch to 2 Feet

It is impossible to list all tile sizes.   Eleganza lists 45 different sizes of tile--and that's just one company.  But as gorgeous as the stuff is, Eleganza's 8" by 80" (yes, that's over six and half feet long!) SlimTech Wood-Stock floor tile will not be installed in most homes.

Instead, most tile will fall into a few common size categories.  Because sizes are dependent on materials and uses, I have also listed these (for example, 1" x 1" glass wall tile is common,...MORE but you will never find 16" square glass floor tile).

  • 01 of 09

    1" x 1":  Standard Mosaic

    Kitchen Tile Backsplash Red and Orange 1-Inch Tile 173927007
    Kitchen Tile Backsplash Red and Orange 1-Inch Tile. © Getty / herkisi

    What Is It?  Individual tessarae in 1" by 1" squares.  Typically, 144 mosaic tiles are joined together with mesh to form a 12" x 12" sheet.

    Common Uses:  Wall tile, most often kitchen or bathroom backsplashes.

    Materials:  Ceramic, porcelain, glass, stone, metal.

  • 02 of 09

    2" x 2":  Mosaic, Supersized

    2" x 2" Tumbled Copper Mosaic Kitchen Backsplash
    2" x 2" Tumbled Copper Mosaic Kitchen Backsplash. © Bedrosian's

    \What Is It?  Mosaic tile loose or attached by mesh, each tile 2" square.  Unlike 1" square tile, whose look is achieved "as a whole," these 2" tiles are large enough that individual tiles' texture and colors are discernible.

    Common Uses:  Backsplash, walls.

    Materials:  Ceramic, porcelain, glass, stone, metal.

    Product shown is Tumbled Copper from Bedrosian's.

  • 03 of 09

    1" x 2":  Mosaic/Subway Blend

    Tile Counter Ideas - 2 x 1 Inch Mosaic for Bathroom Counter
    © Dal-Tile

    What Is It?  This tile is in a 1:2 aspect ratio, where width is twice that of the height.  It's not large enough to be true subway tile (see 3" x 6" for that) and still has more of a mosaic tile appearance.

    Common Uses:  Wall tile, most often kitchen or bathroom backsplashes.

    Materials:  Ceramic, porcelain, glass, stone, metal.

    Product shown is from Dal-Tile.

  • 04 of 09

    4" x 4":  Crossover Tile

    4x4 Tile Backsplash Behind Stove 188074787
    4x4 Tile Backsplash Behind Stove. © Getty / Spaces Images

    What Is It?  Square, 4" x 4" tile has long been the workhorse of tiled kitchens and baths.  It's the one product that has the most crossover potential, finding its way onto countertops as well as floors.

    Common Uses:  Tiled countertops, backsplashes, showers, tub surrounds.  It's also the smallest tile you will often find used for floors.

    Materials:  Ceramic, porcelain, glass, stone, metal.

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  • 05 of 09

    3" x 6":  Classic Subway

    White Subway and Unique Accent Bathroom Tile
    White Subway and Unique Accent Bathroom Tile. © Ann Sacks

    What Is It?  3 x 6-sized tile is the size most often used for subway tiles.

    Common Uses:  Bathroom walls, kitchen or bathroom backsplashes. Showers and tub surrounds.

    Materials:  Ceramic, porcelain, glass.

    Product shown is White Subway tile from Ann Sacks.

  • 06 of 09

    12" x 12":  Middle of the Road, But Less Expensive

    12" x 12" Stone Floor Tile
    12" x 12" Stone Floor Tile. Getty / Zero Creatives

    What Is It?  12" x 12" is the true workhorse of flooring tile.  It's the smallest tile found in great abundance on floors (smaller sizes can be found, but in far fewer numbers).  

    Common Uses:  Floors and sometimes on walls.

    Materials:  Ceramic, porcelain, stone.

  • 07 of 09

    4" x 24":  Plank Flooring

    Tile Plank That Looks Like Generic Wood
    Tile Plank That Looks Like Generic Wood. Vitromex

    What Is It?  Long, narrow ceramic or porcelain tiles meant to mimic natural wood plank flooring.  4" x 24" is the bare minimum sizing for tile-plank.  Widths reach up to 12".

    Common Uses:  Flooring only

    Materials:  Ceramic or porcelain

    Shown here is plank flooring from Vitromex.

  • 08 of 09

    12" x 24":  Trendy, Chic

    12 x 24 Infinite Brown Tile In a Bedroom
    12 x 24 Tile In a Bedroom. © Bedrosian's

    What Is It?  These big, rectangular tiles are now one of the most popular and fast-selling floor tiles on the market, as they have a more sophisticated look than 12" tiles.  Often found in linen-look textures.

    Common Uses:  Flooring

    Materials:  Ceramic, porcelain, stone.

    Product shown is Infinite Brown, from Bedrosian's.

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  • 09 of 09

    24" x 24":  For Your Grand Estate

    Eleganza Basaltina 24" Square Floor Tile
    Eleganza Basaltina 24" Square Floor Tile. © Eleganza

    What Is It?  24" square is the biggest tile you will find on the residential consumer market.  These tiles are so jumbo--4 square foot!--that they lend a grand, stately look that does not match with many residences.  If you've got a mansion, though, the "twenty-fours" might be the way to go.

    Common Uses:  Flooring.  Rarely used for walls.

    Materials:  Ceramic, porcelain, stone.

    Product shown is Basaltina, from Eleganza Tiles.