DIY Project Calculators

| Last Updated: August 23, 2021

These calculators help you estimate how much material to buy for building, remodeling, decorating and heating and cooling projects.

Ceramic Tile

Use this calculator as an estimating tool for 4 ¼-in., 6-in., 8 in., 12-in. and 18-in. tile and find how many tiles to buy for your project.

Ceiling Tile

Use this calculator as an estimating tool to learn how many ceiling tiles you need for a room. Choose 12-in. or 24-in. square tiles or 24-by-48-in. tiles and enter the room dimensions. Then click the “Calculate” button to estimate how many tiles to buy.

Vinyl Floor

Use this calculator as an estimating tool for vinyl flooring. Enter the room dimensions, select the type of flooring then click the “Calculate” button to estimate how much flooring to buy.

Wood Floor

Use this calculator to estimate hardwood flooring. Enter the room dimensions, select the type of flooring then click the “Calculate” button to estimate how much flooring to buy.

Carpet

Use this calculator as an estimating tool to learn how much carpet you need for a room. Enter the dimensions of your room and click the “Calculate” button to estimate how much carpet to buy.

Carpet Tile

Use this calculator as an estimating tool to learn how many carpet tiles you need for a room. Choose 12-in. or 18-in. or 24-in. square tiles and enter the room dimensions. Then click the “Calculate” button to estimate how many tiles to buy.

Paint

Use this paint calculator as an estimating tool to know how much paint to buy to paint the ceiling and walls in a room.

Mulch

Estimate the amount of mulch needed with this material calculator and learn how much mulch to buy for your garden project.

Grass Seed

Use this calculator to get an estimate on how much grass seed you need for your yard.

Sod

Use this calculator to get an estimate on how much sod you need for your yard.

Welcome! We hope you’ll find the job costs of home improvement projects useful when you’re deciding whether to do a job yourself vs. hire a contractor. We’re the authors of 20 home improvement books, most notably Home Improvement for Dummies©, Bathroom Remodeling for Dummies©, Carpentry for Dummies©, Plumbing for Dummies©, and Painting and Wallpapering for Dummies©. Our most recent book Fix It and Flip It is in its second edition. We’ve appeared as home improvement experts on television programs such as CNN, Dateline, the Today Show, HGTV and many others.