Determining the Layout For Your Bathroom Wall Tiles
If you are competent at DIY then there is no reason why you can’t tile your own bathroom. It is essential for a professional finish that youhave prepared the surfaces thoroughly and you can read more about how to do that in the article “Achieve Perfectly Tiled Walls by Preparing Your Surface Properly”.If you are tiling your own bathroom it is essential that you planexactly where the tiles will be positioned on the walls before you start if you want the finish to look professional.
Assuming that all the wall surfaces are ready for tiling then the nextstep is to determine how exactly the tiles will be positioned on thewalls. Just like preparing the walls this is an essential step if you wantthe finish to look professional. It is crucial to get the layout rightbecause you want to see the tiles at their best from the main viewingangles of the room i.e. when you enter the door, are lazing in thebath or even sitting on the loo! Narrow sections of tiles that are cutawkwardly in a corner will be an annoying eyesore if you notice themevery day. You need to start by marking horizontal and vertical lines on eachwall or wall section which will act as a guide when fixing the wall tiles. The best place for the horizontal starting line is just above the sinkand toilet cistern so they do not break the continuous line around theroom. But it also important that this line does not then leave a smallsection of tile above the bath – this will depend very much on the sizeof the tiles you have chosen.A good way to get the right height for this line is to divide the heightof the bathroom in half, then use that line to mark the position of each tile below the line until you reach the bath. If less than half a tileheight is left just above the bath then adjust the starting line up ordown until either exactly half a tile or a whole tile will be positionedabove the bath edge – don’t forget to take into account the width of the grouting. Once you are happy with the line for the bath you thenhave to check it for all the other major elements of your bathroomsuch as the window, sink, toilet etc. to make sure no narrow stripsare left in obvious areas. If there is no option but to have somenarrow strips somewhere (which is often the case) then try to arrangethe layout so that they appear above doors or windows or near thefloor i.e. away from normal sightlines. With a bit of trial and error youshould be able to establish a good horizontal guide line – now mark itclearly on the wall using a spirit level to make sure it is perfectlystraight.