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How to tile a wall


Develop a stunning wall with attractive, useful and long lasting wall tiles

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Tiling is a proficient task however we’re here to assist you get the best surface to your wall tiles. Whether you’re tiling an entire bathroom, a shower cubicle, a splashback in a kitchen area or a small area around a fireplace, our suggestions will help you achieve a great result.
Prior to you start, it’s important to prepare your tiling. Computing the number of tiles & adhesive you need, preparing the wall and preparing out the position of the tiles are all essential factors. Our guide to preparing your wall tiles covers all you need to understand prior to tiling.
This guide will stroll you through how to lay the tiles. In our example we’re tiling a whole wall with square tiles in a direct tiling style. We’ll explain how to:

  • Fix entire tiles to a wall
  • Cut tiles for obstacles and corners and apply corner tile trim
  • Grout and surface wall tiles
  • Seal around the edges of tiling


Tools & Products




  • Wall tiles
  • Filler – if you have any holes in the wall that need filling. We recommend getting an expert to make the repair if the hole in the wall is larger than the size of your fist.
  • Tile adhesive – we suggest ready-mixed tile adhesive to conserve time
  • Tile spacers
  • Sanitary sealant – we suggest anti-mould sealant for a surface that lasts
  • Grout – we recommend ready-mixed grout
  • Multi-purpose fabrics
  • Tile trim – as needed.




  • Rule
  • Tape measure
  • Chinagraph pencil or felt-tip pen – if required, to mark tiles for cutting
  • Trowel
  • Notched trowel (likewise called a notched spreader).
  • Tile cutter.
  • Tile file – if needed.
  • Hacksaw – if needed, to cut the tile trim.
  • Grout spreader (likewise referred to as a grout float).
  • Grout finisher (also called a grout shaper).
  • Claw hammer.
  • Sponge.
  • Bucket.
  • Spirit level.
  • Cartridge weapon – if required. Some sealant comes as a trigger weapon and doesn’t require a cartridge gun. Check the product guidelines for the sealant.
  • Sealant smoother.


Safety set.


  • Security gloves.
  • Dust mask.



Security initially.


  • Wear security goggles and a dust mask to safeguard you from flying pieces and sharp edges when cutting tiles.


How to tile an entire wall.

When you have actually prepared the tiles, prepared the wall and fixed your lumber battens, lay whole tiles initially by following these steps.

wall tiling step 1


Step 1.

Scoop up some tile adhesive with the trowel and press it onto the wall, starting in the corner formed by the lumber battens. Spread it with the notched trowel, working away from the corner with horizontal strokes. Hold the edge of the notched trowel at an angle of about 45 °. The ridges in the adhesive will guarantee there’s an equal amount behind each tile, making it easier to get them all level. Attempt not to work on more than one square metre at a time, as the adhesive could start solidifying before you have actually put all the tiles in place.
Pick an appropriate tile adhesive for your tiles: for ceramic tiles utilize a ready-mixed tile adhesive or powder adhesive and a powder tile adhesive for porcelain tiles.
If your tiles are larger than 20 x 20, use adhesive to the wall and likewise on the back of the tiles.


Step 2.

Put your very first tile into the corner, pushing its edges versus the corners and the entire tile securely against the wall. Then add a tile above it and one next to the initial tile pressing them firmly into the adhesive using a twisting action.
If you let it dry it’ll be extremely hard to take off, clean off any adhesive from the tiles with a wet sponge as you go–.
Top suggestion – using mosaic tiles.
When using mosaic tiles to the wall, hold a piece of board over the tiles while the adhesive is wet and tap the board gently with a rubber mallet. This will give the tiles a flat, even end up.
Some mosaics are set at different heights, in which case you must use your hand to ensure they’re all separately bedded into the adhesive.

Step 3.

Put tile spacers into the corners in between the tiles and change the tile positions as and when required. Press them in strongly and position them flush against the wall so you can grout over them.

Step 4.

Include another tile above the last one you applied, and another beside it. Continue applying the whole tiles in this way till you’ve tiled the location covered with tile adhesive.
Apply another square metre of adhesive and tiles till you have fixed all the whole tiles.
At the edges of the wall, put one leg of the spacer between the tiles so the rest is sticking out– we’ll remove this later before grouting.

Step 5.

Delegate dry for the length of time directed on the tile adhesive guidelines.

Step 6.

Get rid of the vertical lumber batten by prising out it’s nails with the claw of a hammer.

Action 7.

Fix whole tiles to the other section of the wall, beginning with the corner beside the tiles you have actually currently repaired.

Step 8.

Once all the entire tiles have actually been repaired and are dry, eliminate the horizontal timber batten.
Now you’ve fixed all of the entire tiles, you’re ready to fill the edges and corners of the wall. Head to ‘How to tile corners’ to discover how to do this.

How to tile corners.

In this area, we’ll talk you through tiling corners. There are two types of corner– external and internal. These could be corners produced by corners or walls created by obstructions:.

Internal corner.

The corner join in between two walls, for instance the corner of a space, or the corner created by a door frame.

External corner.

Outward-facing corner that extends into the room, for instance the corner of a feature wall or the edge of a window recess.
There’s a various method for tiling depending upon the kind of corner, and we’ll describe both methods in this area.
In some cases you might find that you can fit whole tiles throughout the wall without requiring to cut a tile for the corner. If no cuts are essential, jump to the area ‘How to end up and grout wall tiles’.
For the most part, you’ll require to cut a tile to suit the corner.

How to measure and mark tiles for cutting.

There are two methods to mark a tile and measure for cutting:.

Choice 1.

Hold the tile you’ll be cutting over the last whole tile in the row. Fit another versus the wall and mark where it overlaps the one listed below with a tile scribe, chinagraph pencil or felt-tip pen.

Choice 2.

Take different measurements at the top and bottom of the space you’re going to fill using a measuring tape. Mark the measurements at the top and bottom of the tile. Line up the square with the two marks and draw a line in between them with a pencil or felt-tip pen, offering you a vertical line to cut along.
With the marks made, it’s time to cut the tiles. Head to our How to cut tiles post for recommendations on this.

Action 1.

After you’ve cut the tile, check to see that it fits. If you need to make any small modifications use a tile file.
If you’re likewise going to tile the surrounding wall, you don’t need to be totally accurate as the edges will be hidden by the tiles on the other wall.

How to tile internal corners.


Step 1.

After you’ve cut the tile, check to see that it fits. If you require to make any little modifications use a tile file. You don’t have to be absolutely precise as the edges will be hidden by the tiles on the other wall if you’re likewise going to tile the surrounding wall.

Action 2.

Use the narrow end of a notched spreader to put adhesive on the back of the cut tile. Then press it into place so it’s level with the surrounding tile. Use spacers if you need to.

Step 3.

If you’re tiling more than one wall, move on to the next wall. If not, you’re ready to begin grouting and completing the tiles. For guidance on this, jump to our section ‘How to grout and finish wall tiles’.

How to tile external corners.

Use tile trims to get a cool surface on external corners. It likewise helps to safeguard the edges of the tiles from knocks, which might chip them. The trim is available in a variety of materials, sizes, colours and shapes. Here we’re using white 1/4 inch external edge tile trim.

Action 1.

End up tiling your very first wall.

Step 2.

Use a measuring tape to measure the length of the edge that you’ll be repairing the tile trim to.

Action 3.

Procedure the tile trim to the same size and make a mark on it to indicate where to cut. Use a hacksaw to cut the tile trim to the length you require.

Step 4.

Add a narrow strip of tile adhesive to the untiled wall using the notched trowel and press the trim into it.

Step 5.

Line the trim up with the tiles of your first wall. Put 2 spacers between the trim and each tile (one near the top of the tile and one near the bottom) to make certain there’s a gap for grout.

Action 6.

Put more tile adhesive on the untitled wall with the notched trowel. Add the adhesive vertically from top to bottom to avoid knocking the tile trim out of place with the teeth of the notched trowel.

Step 7.

Start tiling your 2nd wall, working far from the corner trim. As you set the tiles in place, remember to allow a narrow grouting space in between them and the trim. Insert spacers and change the tiles as you go, so the gap remains the same and the trim stays in location.

How to complete and grout wall tiles.

Once the tiles are repaired in place and the adhesive has dried, it’s time to use the grout.

Step 1.

Remove the extending tile spacers at the edges of the wall and at corners.

Action 2.

Beginning in the bottom left corner, press a small amount of grout onto the face of the tiles with a trowel.
Utilize a grout spreader, likewise known as a grout float, to spread it, making long, diagonal strokes and working it into the joints in between tiles. Continue till you have actually grouted all the joints. The grout will quickly start to harden, so do this as quick as you can.
If you’re grouting a big location, divided it into sections and grout a section at a time. This is to avoid the grout solidifying too much whilst you complete grouting the whole location.

Step 3.

Right away after you complete using the grout, go over the tiles with a moist sponge (but not too wet as this may trigger discolouration) to get rid of any excess. Take care not to drag any grout from the joints.

Step 4.

Leave the grout to dry. As it does, you’ll observe a grainy movie appear on the tiles from all the sponging. Clean this off with a soft, tidy cloth.

How to seal around the edge of tiling.

Sealing around the edge of tiling is necessary to stop water supporting the tiles, especially around worktops, basins and kitchen sinks. Water behind tiles can cause damage to the wall, fittings and components. We’ll talk you through sealing the edge of tiling with sanitary sealant.

Step 1.

Connect the nozzle to the sealant and cut off the pointer, as directed by the product directions. Put the sealant into the cartridge weapon if needed.

Step 2.

Run a continuous bead of sealant, working from one end of the tiled location to the other, from left to right. When you’re doing this, attempt to keep a consistent pressure on the trigger of the weapon and a constant speed.

Action 3.

Smooth any abnormalities in the shape of the bead with a sealant smoother (or a damp finger), but take care not to pull the sealant from the surface area.

Step 4.


Leave the sealant to dry.

Computing the number of tiles & adhesive you require, preparing and preparing the wall out the position of the tiles are all necessary aspects. Our guide to planning your wall tiles covers all you require to understand prior to tiling.

In our example we’re tiling a whole wall with square tiles in a direct tiling design. If you’re likewise going to tile the nearby wall, you do not have to be completely accurate as the edges will be hidden by the tiles on the other wall.
Start tiling your second wall, working away from the corner trim.

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