Learn how to tile a bathroom from floor to ceiling - plus learn a few tips to help with other home tiling projects. Doing-it-yourself for your next bathroom renovation will be a breeze when you follow the steps and tricks in our how to tile a bathroom video series.
Watch the DIY bathroom tiling videos below and read through our guides before tackling your project.
Before you start tiling your bathroom, there's a few things (besides the tiles!) you'll need. First of all, you'll need to gear up with the right tools and equipment,
Besides the tools, you also need the right glues, grouts, sealers and waterproofers and levelling systems for the job. Use the link below to download the full list of products we recommend for a DIY bathroom. Feel free to ask the tiling experts at your local Beaumonts store if you have any questions.
The quality of your bathroom tiling is strongly influenced by the state of the surface you tile over, so it's important to ensure that your bathroom walls and floor are sound, level and clean of dust and debris before you start tiling.
Most bathroom floor surfaces are likely to be concrete or timber. Plasterboard is common for walls.
If the concrete is new, it must be allowed to cure for at least 28 days before it's tiled over. If the concrete is steel-trowelled, it will need to be mechanically roughened (and then thoroughly cleaned) prior to tiling. Otherwise, you will not get enough adhesion.
Any concrete release agents and curing compounds should be removed by mechanical means. If the concrete has cracks larger than 1.5mm, consult your local suppliers for advice before proceeding.
Because timber naturally expands and contracts, we don't recommend adhering tiles directly onto timber floors. Untreated floors should be primed and allowed to dry before tiling.
Plasterboard is a very common indoor wall surface, but it needs to be waterproofed before being tiled over. Tiling over plasterboard involved adhering tiles to a paper surface. Although this will cause no issues in dry areas, without waterproofing moisture can cause it to deteriorate.
See our guide on wall and floor surfaces for information about tiling over different surfaces.
Prime the Surface for Tiling
Before you start tiling, prepare the surfaces to be tiled by applying a primer using a roller or sponge. We recommend using a water-based primer like Ardex MultiPrime.
If you're planning to build a new shower hob for your bathroom, after you prime but before you waterproof is the best time to do it. While 900x900mm is standard size for a shower hob, many people are opting for bigger or even double showers. Follow the steps below to create your shower hob.
Waterproofing is a vital step before you tile a bathroom, so it can pay to have a professional do it. But if you want to take a crack and do it yourself, just follow the steps below.
Tiling a bathroom is no more difficult than any other room. Whether you're tiling a sprawling family bathroom or working within the tighter confines of an ensuite or smaller bathroom, the steps to tile your floor and walls are straightforward.
Unlike floors in other rooms, your bathroom floor may include some "falls" - very slight slopes that allow water to flow towards drains and prevent your bathroom from flooding. These may already be built into the surface you're tiling over, but if you need to create a fall (like in a shower hob), jump back up to the section on creating a shower hob for the steps.
Follow the link below to learn how to tile your bathroom floor.
Tiling your bathroom walls is also a straightforward affair. The only difference between a bathroom and most other rooms is that you'll probably need to make a few extra cuts to your tiles to make holes for your tapware and plumbing. If you do it yourself rather than getting some help, cutting tiles like this can take a little practice - one of the reasons we recommend getting a few spares when you order your tiles.
Follow the link below to learn how to tile a bathroom wall. To learn how to cut tiles for your bathroom, read on.
Almost every tiling job will involve cutting tiles at some point: it's very rare that any wall or floor is just the right size that tiles fit perfectly without the tiles at some edges being cut to fit.
You can learn how to cut tiles to fit a surface here, but when you're tiling a bathroom you also need to make some extra cuts for your bathroom fittings like taps and plumbing.
Cutting Holes for Taps
There's two important things you need to know about cutting holes in tiles for taps. The first is that you'll need to use a tradesman or handyman hole cutter. The second is that you must cut the tiles before you lay the tiles.
Drilling Holes for Fittings
Unlike taps, you only need to drill a hole for fittings. You can also do this after the tiles have been laid.
Grout - those thin lines that fill in the space between tiles - plays an important role in bathrooms. While tiles themselves are impervious to water, grouting them is a vital part of waterproofing and finishing the tiling job. To learn how to grout the tiles on your bathroom floor and walls, check out our guide by following the link below.
Tiling a Bathroom
Any tiling job will only be as good as the surface it's laid on. It's important to ensure that, no matter what surface you're tiling on, the surface is sound, level and clean of dust a debris. This guide shows how to clean and prepare a bathroom for tiling.Click here to download helpful hints
When tiling a wet area like a bathroom, waterproofing before you tile is absolutely essential. Unless you are experienced in waterproofing it can pay to have a licenced waterproofer do it for you. But if you would like to try it yourself our helpful pdf's will give you all the information you need.Click here to download helpful hints
Cutting tiles is not difficult with access to decent equipment and with a little practice. If you’re cutting your own tiles (and especially if you’re doing this for the very first time), it’s a good idea to allow a couple of extra tiles for practice or in case of any slight mishaps that may happen. In this fact sheet we show you how to make a straight cut, cut a shape, cut small shapes, and to cut away small pieces of tile.Click here to download helpful hints
Cutting holes in tiles is quite easy, and there are basically three options. You can either use a tradesman hole cutter, a handyman hole cutter, or you can drill and ‘nibble’ the hole to the required size. We'll show you the advantages of each method as we go through.Click here to download helpful hints
Our helpful pdf's guide you through 8 easy-to-follow steps to grout and tile a bathroom floor. We'll show you how to mix and spread adhesive and bed tiles to get complete coverage; plus we'll help you achieve clean, straight grout lines.Click here to download helpful hints