Paver Calculator and Price Estimator

Calculate how many pavers are needed for your patio project by entering your patio dimensions and paver size. Estimate the cost of your project by entering a price per paver below.

Patio Size
Paver Size
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yds3 Crushed Stone Base (4" thick)
yds3 Sand Base (1" thick)
50lb Bags Polymeric Sand
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Sand Base
Polymeric Sand
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Using the Paver Material Calculator

This calculator is great for determining the amount of material needed for any paver or patio project.

Simply enter the patio’s size and the paver’s dimensions, and the calculator will find the number of pavers needed.

Enter the price per paver to get a material cost estimate. Learn more about how to install a paver patio to prepare for your installation.

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How to Find the Number of Pavers Needed

You might be wondering how many pavers you need. Follow the three simple steps below to easily estimate your materials.

Step One: Calculate Patio Size

The first step to estimate how many pavers you need for a patio project is to measure the area of the project; you’ll need to measure the length and width of your patio.

Find the square footage by multiplying the width by the length. The square footage calculator can help find the square footage of an area if you need assistance.

Patio Square Footage Formula:

patio sq ft = length × width

Step Two: Calculate Paver Size

The next step is to find the square footage of the paver you want to use. Use the following formula to find it.

Paver Square Footage Formula:

paver sq ft = 144 / length × width

So, assuming your paver size is 12″ x 12″, multiply 12×12 and then divide 144 by the answer. You’ll find that 144 ÷ (12×12) = 1.0. That means you need one paver per square foot, which makes sense since a 12″ x 12″ paver is 1 square foot.

Step Three: Calculate Pavers Needed

After you have found the square footage of both the project and the paver, determining the number of pavers needed is as simple as dividing the patio’s square footage by the paver’s square footage.

Formula to Estimate Pavers:

pavers needed = patio sq ft / paver sq ft

Most experts suggest ordering 5%-10% more pavers to account for broken pavers or cuts.

How to Estimate the Cost of a Paver Patio

The average cost to have a professional install a paver patio is $8 – $20 per square foot. When installing one yourself, you need to find how much material you’ll need to find the price.

To estimate how much your pavers will cost, multiply each paver’s cost by the number required for your patio. In addition, you will also need to estimate how much gravel and sand are needed to install your patio, which we’ll cover below.

Once you know how much material is required, you can multiply that by the cost per cubic yard. You may also want to account for material delivery and tool rental in your price estimate.

How to Estimate Pavers When Using a Pattern

Pavers are often installed in a pattern using different sized tiles. The trick to figuring paver quantities necessary for these patterns is to assemble the repeating pattern, estimate the square footage of the pattern itself, and then calculate how many repeating patterns are needed.

Concrete pavers installed in a pattern with different size bricks

For instance, if your pattern requires two 4″ x 8″ pavers for every one 8″ x 8″ unit, you can calculate the square footage of all three pavers together (0.89 sq ft) and then find how many sets of pavers are needed: patio sq ft ÷ 0.89 sq ft.

Graphic showing a patio pattern and the pavers needed to create it, along with how to calculate the square footage of the pattern.

In addition to repeating patterns using different sized pavers, different layout patterns can influence how much material you should order.

For instance, a herringbone pattern requires more cuts than a linear grid, resulting in more waste material. We recommend ordering 20% more material when using patterns laid out at an angle as they result in more cuts and waste material.

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How to Estimate Sand and Gravel for Paver Patio

When installing a paver patio, you must have a solid base to support the patio and prevent settling over time. We recommend starting with a base of 4″ of gravel topped with 1″ of sand, which is an industry-standard for most patio installations.

To estimate the amount of gravel and sand required, you must find the sq ft of your patio and then find the volume necessary for a 4″ layer of gravel and a 1″ layer of sand. Use our paver base calculator to estimate the amount of gravel and sand you need for the base of your paver project.

Polymeric Sand

In most patio and driveway installations, you’ll want to add polymeric sand to fill in the joints between the pavers. Adding polymeric sand locks them together, so they don’t move and also prevents weeds and plants from growing in the joints.

A 50lb bag of polymeric sand typically covers 25-50 square feet. Use our polymeric sand calculator to estimate how much you need for your installation.

Common Paver Sizes

Common paver sizes and dimensions in inches and centimeters and the quantity needed to cover a 10′ x 10′ patio (100 square feet).
Paver Size in Inches Paver Size in Centimeters Pavers per 100 sq ft
4″ x 8″ 10cm x 20cm 450
6″ x 6″ 15cm x 15cm 400
6″ x 9″ 15cm x 23cm 267
8″ x 8″ 20cm x 20cm 225
12″ x 12″ 30cm x 30cm 100
14″ x 14″ 36cm x 36cm 74
12″ x 18″ 30cm x 46cm 67
Infographic showing the number of pavers, yards of sand and gravel, and bags of polymeric sand are needed per 100 sq ft of paver patio
Next Step – Once you’re done laying out the patio or driveway, it’s time to begin the installation. Learn more about how to install a paver patio or driveway before you start.
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