DIY Tiling in a nutshell

DIY Tiling in a nutshell

If you’re afraid to lay your own tiles – don’t be! Here are 4 easy steps, which will help to give you the starting points to tiling your own floors.

Start in the centre of the room

Once you’ve decided on the floor space you want to tile, identify the centre and mark it with pencil or chalk. Start by pouring out enough tile adhesive to cover a square metre of the floor you want to tile. Apply it evenly using a notched trowel or spreader to the floor surface, while making sure you can still see enough of the chalk line to position your key tile in the centre.

Use Tile Spacers

Tile spacers come in different sizes and are used to ensure that each tile is laid the same distance from its neighbour and that there is a uniform space for tile grout.  Place tile spacers at each corner of your tiles to keep the rows perfectly straight and aligned.

Place your first tile in position

By placing the key tile in the centre and then twisting it slightly, you bed it into the adhesive and remove any trapped air below it.   Work your way out towards one of the walls to complete a row of whole tiles. As you go, check the tiles are level by using a spirit level. Continue by laying the next row of tiles out from the key centre tile, working at right angles to the first row.

Repeat the process

When you've finished the first section, you'll need to repeat the process until all tiles at the edges are laid. Tip: Wipe the tiles with a damp sponge to remove any excess adhesive.

Finish off

Remember that you'll need to leave the tiles for 24 hours before cutting and laying the edge tiles at the walls. To cut hard floor tiles, you will need a heavy-duty tile cutter – this isn’t recommended for first time tile layers.

If you’re afraid to lay your own tiles – don’t be!