How to Tile a Wall Perfectly

How to Tile a Wall Perfectly

Tiling has existed for many centuries and still to this day, most houses have some instance of tiling work. Tiles can turn a bland and boring wall into a beautiful work of art. Tiling a wall is a lot simpler than it may seem and this tutorial will explain in just 7 easy steps how to add tiles right to your wall.

How to tile a wall

Tools and Materials Needed:
-Tile cutter
-Box of tile spacers
-Notch trowel
-Container of tile adhesive
-Spirit level
-Bucket with water
-Sponge
-Tiles
-Selection of screws
-Drill driver
-Tape measure
-Pen or pencil

How to tile a wall

Step 1 – Measuring the centre

Starting the project off, the centre of the wall must be found. Doing this will give even cuts on either side.

To do this, measure across and find the length of the wall and divide the number in half. Mark the halfway point with your pen or pencil on the wall.

How to tile a wall

Step 2 – Creating the tile layout

Here is where the tile layout will be started.

Place the side of the spirit level upright on the wall equal to where you marked the centre of the wall. Ensure your spirit level is even by checking to see if the bubbles in the green tubes are in the centre of the two lines.
Draw a straight line up and down the wall with your pen or pencil. This will mark the vertical line beginning your tile layout.

How to tile a wall

For the horizontal line, take your tape measure and mark 420mm off the ground. 420mm is an excellent marking point because the wall may not always be perfectly straight to the floor and bath and the bottom layer of tiles may require additional trimming. Starting at 420mm is the best way to start the project without having to cut tiles immediately.

Hold the spirit level horizontally against the 420mm mark. Again, ensure the level is completely even by checking the bubbles and draw a horizontal mark on the wall across the length of the level.

How to tile a wall

This will result in a cross and the top-left area of the cross will be where the first tile will go.

How to tile a wall

Step 3 – Applying the adhesive

Take the notch trowel and load it with tile adhesive. From the lines you drew marking the tile layout, in the upper-left section of the cross, begin to spread the tile adhesive over a small area.

Spreading adhesive over just a small area will ensure the adhesive will not harden before you get the chance to tile them. Try not to spread the adhesive over the marked lines as you will need to see these lines when the tiles are added.

How to tile a wall

Step 4 – Adding the tiles

Here is where the tiles will be added to the adhesive. Place the first tile in the bottom-right corner of where you applied the adhesive, equal to the horizontal line and the vertical line. Push it in and ensure it sticks properly. Begin adding tiles to the left of the first one, along the horizontal line, such as the image below.

How to tile a wall

With each new tile being added, place tile spacers in the top and bottom sections between two tiles as shown in the image below. This spaces each tile equally away from each other to ensure they are not too far and not too close from the others.

How to tile a wall

Upon properly spacing the tiles, you may remove the tile spacers.

Should you have larger tiles and there is a chance of them slipping off the adhesive, drill a small piece of timber to your wall evenly along the bottom level. This will prevent the tiles from slipping and keeps them in the proper positions.

How to tile a wall

When a few tiles are added, begin to add the next layer of tiles. Upon adding the first of the second level of tiles, add a tile spacer between the tile in the lower level and new one you just added. Keep these tile spacers in to prevent any sliding.

Once you have covered the section you added the adhesive to in tiles, begin covering a new small section of wall with tile adhesive. Continue the tile and tile spacer procedure until you have covered this small section and continue adding new sections of adhesive and adding tiles with tile spacers until you have covered the entire wall.

How to tile a wallHow to tile a wall

Step 5 – Cutting the tiles

Should you reach an area where there is not enough space for a tile, such as a corner or the lower sections, you will need to cut the tile to get it to fit. Take a tile and find where you will need to cut it, mark the section that needs to be cut with your pen or pencil and take it to the tile cutter.

How to tile a wall

Make sure to account for there to be enough room for a tile spacer. Lightly score the tile with the cutter and pull the handle down firmly. This will cut the tile where you scored it. From here you may then fix the tile onto the wall. Do this for each tile that needs to be cut to fit the section of the wall.

How to tile a wall

Step 6 – Finishing up

Once you have applied the entire area in tiles, leave the tiles to set for about 10 to 15 minutes and pull out the end tile spacers. After the time has passed, take your sponge and water and clean the tiles.

How to tile a wall

Set the tiles for about a day, and from here you are ready to begin grouting.

How to tile a wall

In this tutorial, we learned how to tile a wall. Starting with finding the centre of a wall, applying some adhesive across a wall and adding in the tiles themselves, these easy steps can turn a simple wall into a tiled masterpiece.

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