Tiling a Bathroom Wall – A Guide

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Tiling a bathroom wall can seem like a long complicated process upon first glance, but with a little patience and the right equipment it’s a job that can be done by pretty much anyone. Here we talk you through what you need to do the job, and then the steps you need to take to make sure it’s done properly.

The materials that you will need for the tiling process:

  • Tile Grout
  • Tile Adhesive
  • Tile Spacers
  • Rubber Float
  • Tiles
  • Level
  • Measurement Tape
  • Sponge
  • Notched Trowel

The Steps:

1.Selecting the Tiles

Choose the tiles such that they complement the bathroom interior. There is:

  • Ceramic Tiles: These are the most popular bathroom wall tiles. They come in several patterns and colors and therefore are the most favored bathroom tiles.
  • Mosaic Tiles: These tiles can give your bathroom a new look.
  • Glass Tiles: These tiles are an excellent option when you want a design on the bathroom wall. But, working with glass tiles involves skills and is challenging. They come in several shapes, sizes and colors.
  • Stone Tiles: These tiles are naturally resistant to water and give your bathroom a beautiful natural look. They are expensive and heavy and are difficult to work with. Granite tiles, marble tiles, and travertine tiles are several types of popular stone tiles.

2. Preparation

Measure the wall area that is to be covered with tiles. Check an interior decoration store, so that they can tell you the number of tiles and the size of the backer board you will require. Look for any holes in the wall and patch them up and use a cement backer board, installing it by using a drilling machine and screws.

3. Working on the Layout

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Find out where the center of the wall is with the help of the measurements taken before. Begin at the center of the wall and end at the edges because walls are never perfectly square. Starting from the center of the wall, chalk the outlines of the tiles to form a layout of all the tiles to be installed. Mark the areas for any plumbing fixtures and adjust the layout accordingly.

4. Installation of Tiles
Start from the center line and apply coat of adhesive with the help of the smooth side of a notched trowel. To spread the adhesive, use the notched side of the trowel. Work in sectors while applying the adhesive to the backer board. Put the first tile at the center of the layout in a twisted motion to ensure that it has adhered correctly. Similarly place remaining tiles on the backer board.

After installing each tile, put the tile spacers so that the width of the grout line between the tiles will be constant. When you reach the edge of the walls when two walls connect at a corner, you may have to cut the tiles so that they fit into the layout with a tile cutter and higher grit sandpaper to smooth the edges that may be sharp. Leave the adhesive for an overnight so that it can dry.

5. Grouting

Once you are done with installation of bathroom tiles, start with the grouting. Select a grout that is suitable for the grout width of the tiles. Prepare the grout according to the direction and take out all the tile spacers. Make sure that the grout is waterproof. Apply the grout between the tiles using a diagonal motion to the grout lines with the help of a rubber float. See that you apply the grout so that it has reached the base of the spaces. Get your cleaning equipment out and rub out the excess grout with a wet sponge. Let the grout dry and clean the surface with a wet cloth gently, to remove any grout that remains on the tile. You can also apply a grout sealer if you want to about seven days after installation.

Your tiling should now look at the top of its game and your bathroom should now really stand out as a truly attractive room.

Guest contributor: Cormac Reynolds is a lover of great bathroom design and has written about if for a number of years. He loves working on his home.

2 comments on “Tiling a Bathroom Wall – A Guide

  1. Nice article and easy to follow for any novice tiler, I actually find the tiling the best part of a renovation to do...
  2. Agree with the last comment, good advice from start to finish, helping people to get started on those projects

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