Getting Bathroom Tiles Right the First Time Around

Laying down bathroom tiles is dead easy. Not quite as easy as painting, but nevertheless anyone can do it with the right tools and a free Sunday afternoon. However well tiles are definitely easy to do, they’re hard to do well. Getting them down correctly will require a fair bit of foresight and a fair bit of planning.

After all, once your tiles are laid down, it’s going to be a task to replace them if you spot an error that you did not foresee.

Getting Bathroom Tiles Right the First Time Around

Step One - Planning

Before you start doing any home improvement, it is essential that you have a clear-cut plan on exactly what you want to do with your bathroom. How do you want it to look? Which bathroom tiles do you want to use? Which areas are they going to be placed in?

To that end, spend plenty of time just trying to envision the final product before you start to do anything. Consider carefully the places where the tiles are going to go. If they’re placed by a window, for example, are your tiles going to withstand the heat and moisture variances well? If you’re placing them around a facility, like a sink or a toilet, will you need to reshape them to get them to fit into place? You should also take careful pains to make sure you have the right number of tiles, with a half dozen left over as spares.

One very important step you should take before making any kind of start is to take measurements. Measure the wall, and measure your bathroom tiles. Use the measurements to make a rough guestimate on how many tiles you’ll need and whether any tiles will need cutting down to make them fit in.

Step Two - Dry Fitting

Dry fitting essentially means placing down bathroom tiles without any adhesive or sealant. This is actually a very important technique, as it allows you to see for yourself how the tiles will look before you actually commit them. Ideally you should commit this step for every layer or two you finish, so that you can make adjustments to your design if you notice they’re going askew or won’t fit entirely into the wall.

While this is ongoing, you should also take the opportunity to make any last minutes revisions to your overall design. Once you’ve applied your first tile properly to the wall, that’s it. You’re committed.

Step Three - When in Doubt, Step Back

If ever you’re laying down bathroom tiles and you feel as though something isn’t going quite according to plan, take a step back. If necessary, stop where you are and get a cup of tea, or any particular beverage of preference. Then have a look at your pattern. Whatever is nagging you should stick out. If you caught it early enough, you should be able to reverse it without too much hassle.

You may find it helpful to stop and look at your design at regular intervals. Doing so will allow you to catch mistakes as they occur, leaving you plenty of opportunity to revise your progress.

For further information about bathroom tiles, visit the website of Tile Choice. You can also contact them directly by phoning 0800 1560 560.

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