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Laying Tiles - Step 1

These steps focus on laying floor tiles. If you're planning to lay wall tiles, we recommend that you also read our guide on how to lay wall tiles.

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.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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.

Step 4

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.

Step 5

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.

Step 6

Clean off any excess glue as you go, using a damp sponge.

Step 7

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.

Step 8

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.