Ready to jump in and get your hands dirty with a bit of DIY tiling? Before you start sticking down any tiles, make sure you spend a little time reading through these simple instructions and planning how you want to lay your tiles out. Check out our 15 golden rules of tiling before you begin to make sure you're well prepared for a job you'll be able to admire and enjoy for many years to come.
Measure out a full tile from your wall (or the edge of your surface for laying tiles on) to establish a straight, square line and a starting point for tiling.
Mark the area where you'll start tiling.
Once you've got your guideline ready, it's time to do a "dry lay" of your tiles to make sure you have your layout and the amount of tiles you need right. This helps plan and work out any cuts you should make before you start laying tiles.
Dry laying is also important to ensure that you get a chance to see how all your tiles look together and whether there are any issues you should check out before they're permanently stuck down!
The fun part of dry laying, however, is getting to play around with your tile layout - how you arrange your tiles to bring out your style and the best aspects of your space. Check out our guide to the most popular tile laying patterns.
Mix your tile adhesive following the manufacturer's instructions. An electric glue mixer may come in handy for larger jobs.
Once mixed, your adhesive should be about the same consistency as toothpaste.
Spread about one square metre of adhesive where you will start laying tiles. Starting along the straight line you've drawn is always a good idea.
For floor tiles use a 12mm notched trowel to spread adhesive. By using a notched trowel, the adhesive is applied leaving little tracks on the floor. Once the tiles are "bedded" into place these notches will flatten out to leave a bed of adhesive 6mm thick.
Place each tile in position with a firm push and bed it into place with a slight up and down wiggle across the notches of the adhesive.
Every now and then, lift a tile to check that it has complete coverage of the adhesive.
As you lay the tiles, use spacers to set the grout joints and to make small adjustments to the tile placement. This keeps all grout joints level and even.
Using a tile leveling system - good ones also double as grout spacers - will make getting a professional finish much easier. Position at the corner of each tile, and screw down the caps. This will give you a more professional finish.
Clean off any excess glue as you go, using a damp sponge.
Once the tiles are laid and the glue is dry, knock out the caps. It is important to knock them out in the same direction of the grout line.
You may see some excess glue residue between the grout lines. Don't forget to keep tidy as you work and ensure that the space between tiles is free for grout.
The next step will be grouting your tiles. Read our next guide to learn more.