Estimating Brick - Quantity and Mortar Consumption

Bricks - quantity and mortar required

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Brick Size

TypeNominal Size (in)Actual Size (in)No. per Square Foot
Standard 4 x 2 2?3 x 8 3 5/8 x 2 1/4 x 8 6.3
Modular 4 x 2 2/3 x 8 3 5/8 x 2 1/4 x 7 5/8 6.9
King 3 3/8 x 3 x 10 3 x 2 5/8 x 9 5/8 4.8
Queen 2 3/4 x 3 x 10 3 1/8 x 2 3/4 x 9 5/8 4.6
Engineer 4 x 3 1/5 x 8 3 5/8 x 2 13/16 x 7 5/8 5.7
Economy 4 x 4 x 8 3 5/8 x 3 5/8 x 7 5/8 4.5
Utility 4 x 4 x 12 3 5/8 x 3 5/8 x 11 1/2 3.1
Jumbo 4 x 3 x 8 3 5/8 x 2 3/4 x 8 5.5
Norman 4 x 2 2/3 x 12 3 5/8 x 2 1/4 x 11 5/8 4.6
Jumbo Norman 4 x 3 x 12 3 5/8 x 2 3/4 x 11 5/8
Norwegian 3 1/2 x 3 x 12 3 1/2 x 2 3/4 x 11 5/8 3.9

Mortar Required for Common Bricks

Common bricks - 2 1/4 x 8 x 3 3/4 inches:

Joint Thickness
(inches)
Mortar Required (ft3)
per 1000 bricks per ft3 brick
1/4 9 0.2
3/8 14 0.3
1/2 20 0.4
  • 1 ft3 = 0.02832 m3
  • 1 in (inch) = 25.4 mm

BS EN 771-3: 2003

BrickLength (mm)Width (mm)Height (mm)
Standard 215 102.5 65
Modular 290 90 90
190 90 90
190 90 65

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