To tile your bathroom, follow these key steps:
- Work out how many tiles you need and add a 10% margin for error.
- Start tiling from the centre of the wall or floor and work symmetrically outwards.
- Be careful when cutting tiles if you need smaller pieces and curved edges.
- Always make sure the grouting is dry before using the bathroom again.
Tiles are an attractive and very practical approach for bathroom walls. They're waterproof, easy to clean, and can be used to create different colour and pattern effects. Even better, they're easy to install through DIY. To help you do just that we’ve got a step-by-step guide to laying tiles in all areas of the bathroom – read on for tips on how to tile a shower, how to tile around a bath, and even how to tile around a toilet.
How to tile a bathroom: instructions for showers, baths, and toilets
The process you follow when tiling your bathroom will vary a little based on what you’re tiling (wall, floor) and any features you need to work around (shower, bath, toilet). We’ve given instructions for each below but before you begin there’s some basic prep to do first:
- Prepare the surface. Remove any existing tiles and clean and dry the area thoroughly. Read our article on removing wall tiles and wallpaper for more tips.
- Wear protective clothing. Always protect your hands when tiling as the friction and grout can prove irritable to skin.
- Buy enough tiles. Measure the square footage of the surface you’re tiling and add 10% to allow for cutting tiles and any mistakes or breakages.
Now, let’s look at the tiling process itself.
Final tiling tips
Got a few more questions about tiling or looking for extra guidance on how to choose the right tiles? Here are our top lessons:
- Always clean the tiles once they’ve been fitted to ensure they look their best. Maintain regular bathroom cleaning so they always look great.
- Not sure what types of tiles to use for smaller bathrooms? You may be surprised to learn large tiles can still look good as their grout lines are less crowded and cleaner.
- Try different coloured or textured grouting for a different look if you’re nervous about choosing something too bold with the tiles themselves.