Lay out wall and floor tiles
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You will need:
- Chalk or Pencil
- Tape Measure
- 3mm Tile Spacers
- Tile Staff (if you are using one)
- Tile Cutter
- Timber Baton
In order to ensure your tiles are laid out properly, it’s essential that you first work out your layout before permanently affixing any tiles. Here’s how to do this for floors and walls:
Step 1 – With chalk or a pencil measure a centre mark in between opposite walls and draw a straight line down (don’t assume that the opposite walls are equal in size, a lot of rooms aren’t perfectly square
Step 2 – Repeat this again by measuring the centre of the line you draw
Step 3 – Lay the square onto the centre line and centre mark and draw a line 90° to the first line
Step 4 – Starting from the middle point, dry lay a row of tiles in both directions up to the wall. Make sure you include 3mm tile spacers so that the joints are even. You can also use your tile staff to work out where the tiles will fall.
Note: If there is only a thin piece of tile left at the wall, you can rearrange the centre tile so there is a larger section of tile. Leave about half a tile or more as it can be difficult to fit smaller sections of tile. You may need to re-mark your lines on the floor.
Step 1 – Find the centre of your window or wall and mark a pencil line
Step 2 – Using your tile staff, measure from the halfway point or centre of the window up and down so that you can see where each tile will fall.
Step 3 – Where the bottom tile is less than half a tile, rearrange slightly by raising the tile staff to half a tile and re-mark once you’re happy.
Step 4 – On the mark near the floor, use your spirit level to draw a straight line across the wall. Get a piece of timber baton and hammer it into the wall, but not fully as you will have to take it out later. Use this piece of timber as your starting point to tile up from.
Step 5 – Mark out again with the tile staff, this time horizontally and hammer in another piece of timber up the wall. This should make a right angle with the timber pieces. Alternatively you can work with a pencil line.