Discover The Best Way to Layout Bathroom Wall Tiles
Sticking tile adhesive on the back of a tile and fixing it to the wall is a relatively easy task if you have prepared the surface properly and chosen the right adhesive but there’s more to tiling a wall than simply sticking the bathroom wall tiles on and then filling the gaps with grout. To get a really professional look in your bathroom you need to make sure that you fix the tiles in the right position and that you make the cuts in the right place – you don’t want to end up with a narrow strip of tile at the ceiling level, or worse, just above the bath where you will notice it every day.
So just what do you need to do to decide on the best position for your bathroom wall tiles?
It’s not difficult – just start by marking a horizontal line all around the middle of the room with a pencil and spirit level an equal distance from the floor and ceiling. Now check where that line lies in relation to the sink, bath, window and any other obstructions that will break the tiling line. There are no hard and fast rules about which level is best because tiles come in so many different sizes – you simply want to avoid ending up with very narrow strips of tile anywhere in the room if possible but especially where they will be noticeable.
Measure downwards from your central line until you reach the bath and work out how many tile heights that will be not forgetting to allow 2-3mm for the grout joints. If it leaves less than half a tile immediately above the bath then move your central line up until at least half a tile sites just above the bath. Now measure in tile heights above the new central line up to the ceiling – depending on the height of the tile section left at ceiling height you may have to play around with your central line until a good compromise is achieved – just remember that narrow sections are less noticeable at ceiling height so if you do have to compromise do so away from direct sightlines.
In the same way mark your vertical guideline in the centre of the largest wall and adjust through trial-and-error to ensure that the corner you see as you first come into the room has full tiles either side, if possible, and that all other corners have at least half a tile width on each side. This is not always as easy as it sounds but take the time and trouble to get the layout right before you start tiling and the end result will be perfect.
If you have any tips and tricks that you have used to get a prefect finish with your bathroom wall tiles why not let us know in the comments section below, or better still send us some photos.