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The secret to tiling a wall perfectly is all in the edges: the bottom row of tiles and the “column” of tiles in the corner need to be perfectly level.

Follow the steps below to learn how to tile a wall.

How to Tile a Wall: Step 1

Wall heights don’t always divide nice and neatly into the exact measurements of your tiles – in fact they often don’t. Because of this, one row of tiles will need to be cut down to fit. You want this row to be the very bottom row of tiles.

To make sure you can do this – and that you know the right size to cut your bottom row, you need to find where the straight, level line for the bottom of your second row of tiles will go.

The easiest way to do this is to measure down from the top of your wall. From the top, measure down the height of one tile and make a mark. Keep repeating until you reach less than one tile’s height from the floor.

At this point, use a spirit level to draw a horizontal line. This will be the bottom of your second row of tiles – and the top of the very bottom row.

Step 2

Measure along the floor where it meets the wall and mark the wall where each tile will begin. Then, line up your tiles for the bottom row and cut them to fit below the line.

Step 3

Prepare your tiles by “back-buttering” them with adhesive and push them onto the wall. The key to success is to make sure that you have full coverage of the adhesive on the back of the tile. You want to avoid any hollow spaces behind the tiles.

Step 4

As you add tiles, use a tile levelling system to ensure there is no lippage on the surface. A good levelling system can also double as a tile spacer.

Don’t screw down your first row of wall tiles until you’re completely happy with where the tiles are. If there are any gaps under the tiles, use wedges to hold them up. It’s important to make sure the first row is completely level.

Step 5

Continue adding tiles to the wall, row by row, checking that they’re level as you go. With pre-mixed adhesive use a 6mm notched trowel (check the instructions on the pack) to apply the adhesive.

When applying adhesive for wall tiles we always recommend that the notches run horizontally across the wall.

Step 6

Once the glue has dried, knock out the clips. It’s essential that you knock them out in the same direction as the grout lines.

With the wall tiles securely laid, the next step is grouting. Click the link below to learn how.