How to tile a Wall

When it comes to tiling a wall, such as in a bathroom or kitchen, it’s tempting to jump straight in. But by giving yourself some time to plan, you can make sure that you have enough tiles and materials to complete the project in one attempt.

It’s important to plan your tiling. Calculating the number of tiles you need, preparing the wall and planning out the position of the tiles are all essential factors Planning gives you the best finish by making sure that the tiles are positioned so that you’re not left with small, awkward gaps at the edges to cut tiles for. It also means that your tiles are fixed straight and level.

Tools & materials required

You will need

Materials

  • Wall tiles
  • Filler – if you have any holes in the wall that need filling. If the hole in the wall is larger than the size of your fist, it is better to hire a professional to make the repair.
  • Tile adhesive – Use ready-mixed tile adhesive to save time. Use Davco tile adhesives for you tiles.
  • Tile spacers
  • Sanitary sealant
  • Grout – Use Davco ready mixed grout to save your time
  • Multi-purpose cloths
  • Tile trim – as needed.

Tools

  • Rule
  • Tape measure
  • China graph pencil or felt-tip pen – if required, to mark tiles for cutting
  • Trowel
  • Notched trowel (also known as a notched spreader)
  • Tile file – if needed
  • Hacksaw – if needed, to cut the tile trim
  • Grout spreader (also known as a grout float)
  • Grout finisher (also known as a grout shaper)
  • Claw hammer
  • Sponge
  • Bucket
  • Spirit level
  • Cartridge gun – if required. Some sealant comes as a trigger gun and doesn’t require a cartridge gun. Check the product instructions for the sealant.
  • Sealant smoother

Safety kit

    • Safety gloves
    • Dust mask

Safety first

  • Wear safety goggles and a dust mask to protect you from flying fragments and sharp edges when cutting tiles.

Here are some handy tiling tips to help you master a perfectly tiled wall.

  • Before you start your surface should be dry, clean and smooth. If you’re tiling in a wet area (bathroom or around the kitchen sink), the area must be waterproofed and the area straight and flush (no protruding nails).
  • Choose the right adhesive for the space. There are many brands of adhesive and they’re all designed for specific types of tiles and tile surfaces. Cheap adhesives may decay and cause tiles to crack, so a good quality Davco adhesive is worth spending money on.
  • Size matters for the novice DIY. Tiling with big tiles is tough, even for seasoned pros. large tillers are heavy and are expensive to replace if mistakes are made, so DIY novices should stick to tiles no bigger than 300 x 300mm.
  • Draw up a plan of your floor/wall/splash back and map out where your tiles will go. Spending the time to mark out square lines, and doing a dry lay will pay dividends on the entire job.
  • Tiles that are placed unevenly may create an uneven joint or ‘lip’ which could be a trip hazard.
  • Wait at least 24 hours after laying before grouting and protect the tiles from any water or weather by covering them with old clean sheets. Don’t grout where walls meet floors or where two walls meet, instead apply silicone when the surrounding grouted area is dry.