Tile is the mainstay of most bathroom and many kitchens. Whether it’s used as flooring, wall coverings or just a simple accent for your backsplash, tile needs have the proper layout to look sharp. Without a proper tile layout, tile gets crooked, unaligned after a few rows or just plain looks bad. Use these tile layout basics on your next tile project to ensure your tile is correctly set and looks sharp for years to come.
One of the simplest methods to ensure that your tile always looks good on any wall or floor is to keep it in the center. When tile is divided evenly amongst the cuts, it gives it a professional look and quality.
Finding the center of any wall is just a simple matter of pulling a measurement from wall to wall, ceiling to floor or from the outside starts and ends of your tile. Measure both horizontally and vertically to achieve a uniformed center.
Once you have found the center, you can now snap a few lines to create an even and uniform tile layout. Transfer the center measurement to the top and bottom of the center. Then using a chalk box and a helper, snap a vertical line onto the surface.
You can now use these lines to begin tile setting. Butt the thin set right up to the line, but don’t go over it so you can still see it as you set tile.
Bigger tile projects like floor tile can be a bit trickier to deal with. Using the four quarters method is one way to achieve a good tile layout. Begin by dividing the room into four quarters by measuring from wall to wall to find the center. Chalk lines are snapped and the room is divided into four quarters. Use the 3-4-5 method of squaring a line to get a square set.
The 3-4-5 method is very simple. Just measure up one line three feet and make a mark. Now go in the opposite direction and make a mark at four feet. Measure diagonally between the two marks. If you have five feet, you’re square. Adjust the lines as needed to get an even five feet.