Ready to tile your kitchen or bathroom floor but you don’t know how to install tile? Tiling your kitchen or bathroom floor is a great do-it-yourself project that is very do-able and extremely affordable. Learning how to install tile does not have to be difficult if you follow a few easy steps and you can literally save thousands of dollars by doing it yourself.
You can probably install kitchen or bathroom tile over the weekend, at cost of between $500 and $1000, depending on the size of your room. Adding new tile flooring is an upgrade that adds value to your home and a stylish decorator touch.
If you have already bought your kitchen or bathroom tile, hopefully, you bought enough tiles to complete your project and some extra tiles to replace any broken or chipped tiles that may occur now or some time in the future. If you try to buy the same tile later, it may not match exactly.
How to install tile in your kitchen or bathroom
- Backer board
- Spacers and grout
Remember to wear protective eyewear and a face mask. Here are the basic steps:
1. Spread out the tile pattern on the floor and see if any tiles will need to be cut. If you are making a pattern design, this is your opportunity to make sure it’s perfect. Clear the floor of tiles to start applying the thinset.
2. Mix the thinset with water according to the directions, Make sure it is just the right thickness, which should be similar to peanut butter. Just mix enough thinset for an hour. Thinset dries out. Always keep a wet sponge, rag and towel handy to wipe up any excess mortar on the floor.
Use a notched trowel to apply a generous amount of thinset onto the bare floor. If you have linoleum, you can tile directly on top of it. Hold the trowel at a 45-degree angle and spread the thinset on the small area you are working on only. Smooth out any imperfections while it is still wet.
3. Place the backer board down on the section you are working on. You can make adjustments if you need to while the thinset is wet. Follow the grid on the backer board and screw it into the floor. Apply the thinset section by section until the entire floor is covered and secure the backer board.
4. Place one row of tiles completely across the floor using spacers to space each tile with the same gap. Make any corrections or cuts that need to be made. Lift each tile one by one and spread the thinset with the trowel. Replace the tile and spacer and make adjustments while the thinset is wet. Wipe up any mess. Finish the job with your choice of colorful grouts and you’re finished and now you know how to install tile. Well done!
For other do-it-yourself ideas, keep checking us out online and see what’s new and exciting for you to do in home upgrade projects. You’ll find lots of good concepts and ideas and we’re here to help guide you through each and every project.
Here’s a fast motion video that takes you through the steps of how to tile a floor, so you can visualize the job ahead:
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