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Planning the layout for wall tiles


 

Ceramic tile is a great wall finish for damp or wet areas like kitchens and bathrooms. And itís a frequent choice for laundry rooms and mudrooms. When properly installed, itís impervious to water and provides another design texture that livens up just about any room. Even though tiling a wall can be time consuming, itís not difficult work. One big reason: adhesives that are formulated to hold the tiles in place while the adhesives are still wet. This means the tiles can be installed without sagging or coming loose while the adhesive dries.


 

Step 1. Prepare a layout board by marking lines on the face and edge that match the size of your tiles plus the grout joint. Then hold the board against the center of the wall, and transfer the layout marks to the wall.

 

Step 2. When the layout reaches the ceiling, check the distance between the last mark and the ceiling to find out what size tile will fit in this space. A piece thatís at least as big as half a tile will look best. If you wind up with a small piece, split the difference with the bottom row of tile at the floor.

 

Step 3. Once you have established the final tile layout between the floor and ceiling, determine the layout from side to side. To do this, use a 4-ft level to carry one of the layout lines to both ends of the wall. Do this in several steps, or just hold the level on top of a long straight board that spans the whole wall.

 

 

 

 

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