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Patio Pavers Calculator

This calculator will help you determine how many pavers you'll need to buy for a particular patio area.

Area to be paved, in square feet
Type of paver (check one)
4 1/4" x 8 1/2" rectangular paver
4 7/8" x 8 15/16" "wavy" interlocking paver
"Keystone" paver, 5 1/2 x 9"
6" x 6" square paver
Number of
pavers needed:

Please note: For your convenience, this calculation has been rounded up slightly.

Important reminder: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this calculation. But before purchasing materials for any project, please check amounts with your suppliers or contractors.

A few tips: Use concrete or natural-brick pavers to build a patio or walkway. Pavers are commonly installed over a substrate of gravel and sand. Excavate to a uniform depth, and tamp the soil firm. Spread 4 to 6 inches of gravel over the area, tamp it firm, then add 1 to 2 inches of sand and tamp it again.

For a uniformly well-packed substrate, use a rented vibrating power tamper; for small areas, a hand tamper will suffice. Install the edging of your choice: upright bricks, landscaping timbers, 4x4s, and flexible edging made of steel or plastic are common choices (see our Patio Edgers estimator). Of the many types and sizes of pavers available, this calculator presents four of the most common.

Patio Edgers Estimator

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