How to Tile a Bathroom

August 31st, 2021

When refurbishing a bathroom, getting the tiling right is one of the most important parts of the process. Hiring a professional, like our team at Boro Bathrooms, to come and do the job for you would certainly make the process easier, but it won’t satisfy your inner DIYer.

Learning how to tile a bathroom sounds daunting, but as long as you properly prepare and practice before completing the job, learning to tile can be easy. The team at Boro Bathrooms have put together a simple guide to keep you on the right track.

How do I choose my tiles when I want to tile a bathroom?

Choosing the right tiles is the most important part of the bathroom installation process. If your room is on the smaller side, it’s important to choose smaller tiles, to make sure your room does not end up looking smaller.

Browse the range of tiles we stock at Boro Bathrooms. Our collection comes in a wide range of sizes and materials, so we have something to suit every room size and style.

Where should I start?

First things first, a bathroom wall needs to be properly prepared before you can tile on it. A smooth, waterproof wall is vital, otherwise you won’t get the professional results you desire. 

To prepare the wall underneath, start by removing old paint or wallpaper. After this, apply a TSP solution to remove any dirt and grease. Check out this video by essortment for even more tips and tricks.

After you’ve prepared the room, it’s time to install a backer board. You can purchase a backer board at most good DIY stores, including Boro Bathrooms.

How do I start tiling?

When it’s time to start tiling, one of the cheapest and easiest ways to properly lay your tiles is to create your own gauge stick. Simply, the gauge stick is a length of wood you mark the size of your tiles along. You can then use the stick to space the tiles out correctly.

All you need to do is mark the end of a tile at the end of the stick. Keep doing this along the stick, being sure to leave room for a tile spacer between each tile. Repeat this process with the tile turned vertically for a gauge stick that measures the length and width of your tiles.

Now it’s time to map out your guidelines. Firstly, find the centre point of your wall. Using the gauge stick, draw the guidelines from the stick directly onto the wall, creating a map for your tiling. You will likely have to trim down larger tiles when it comes to the end of a wall.

Applying tiles and grout

Always tile from the bottom of the wall to the top. Just place a tile to the wall and add a spacer in between, repeating the process all the way along the width of the wall. Then you can add your adhesive and begin the second row.

Mastering the adhesive is one of the most important tiling steps. It is crucial that the adhesive is waterproof, so you don’t run into any issues with mould. Most come pre-mixed, so all you need to do is grab a notched trowel and spread the adhesive evenly across the area.

Once your tile adhesive has dried, it’s time to mix your grout. Mixing grout is very similar to mixing plaster. When the mixture becomes thick and creamy, it is ready to use. Use a trowel and sponge to apply the grout into the exposed gaps between each tile. If you overfill an area, simply wipe off the excess with a sponge.

Leave the grout to settle for about 15 minutes, then wipe the area over with a sponge before repeating the process.
If you would like a free, professional consultation on your space, please don’t hesitate to contact the team here. We are more than happy to take on your installations from start to finish.