A Guide on How to Tile a Small Bathroom
Posted on October 12, 2021

The bathroom is one of the essential rooms in the house. After all, everyone spends a considerable relaxing time there, and it is only essential to have a setting that emits comfort. Tiles are important for the overall design and look of any space. If you’re wondering how to tile a small bathroom, take a look at our brief guide.

Tiling is a very effective solution for a bathroom space. It is not only cost-effective to apply but also makes it very easy to maintain the bathroom. As the bathroom surfaces are constantly exposed to moisture, porcelain tiles become an ideal choice. They offer water-resistance qualities and several options for the design aspect.

A small bathroom can look cramped. However, with the right kind of tiles, it can flourish into a breathable space. Many different tiling techniques can change the perception of the room. Let’s have a look at the complete guide!

Before we move on to the tools and the process of tiling a small bathroom, let’s take a look at a few do’s and don’ts.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Tiling a Small Bathroom

The Do’s of Tiling a Small Bathroom

The Do's of Tiling a Small Bathroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. It is essential to take an accurate measurement of the area. More so when the space is already cramped. If you want to avoid design issues and awkward layouts, make sure you take the right measurements.
  2. As we are talking specifically about small spaces, it is essential to visually expand the area. Making use of one-inch tiles on the surfaces, which will open the bathroom area to new possibilities. You can opt for several colours and styles, including glass.
  3. It is advised not to use many colours and bold patterns in a small area as it would make the space feel smaller. It is better to stick to shades or designs that open up the space.
  4. Some people suggest using diagonal patterns to induce the perception of a larger space. However, diagonal tile patterns require more precise planning, measuring, and cutting.

The Don’ts of Tiling a Small Bathroom

The Don'ts of Tiling a Small Bathroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Any part of the remodelling or DIY process involves gathering the material. When it comes to tiles, people often miscalculate or get only the required amount without any buffer space. It is a good idea to order 15-20% more tiles, to ensure you have something to fall back on in case of miscalculations, breakages, and cuttings. Spare tiles are always useful!
  2. If we advise you to get small tiles, we are also in favour of large tiles. Often people underestimate the large tiles, as they believe it closes the already small space. However, it is quite the opposite. Placing large tiles might prosper the small bathroom even further.
  3. The preparation stage is essential, so make sure you do not skip it. Once you have cleaned, inspected, and understood the space and its many properties, it becomes easier to work there.
  4. Make sure the tiles that you select are not slippery, especially if you have a knack for glossy and polished tiles. These may look luxurious, but may not be an ideal choice for the bathroom.

| Also Read: Wetroom Ideas: How to Choose Bathroom Tile Colours? |

Tools require to Tile a Small Bathroom

Tools require to Tile a Small Bathroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Tape Measurement
    Since time measurement is important, it is essential to invest in a good quality tape measure.
  2. Pencil
    This is an obvious one, but make sure you have a pencil in hand to mark the tiles, the surface, and anywhere else you might need.
  3. Tile Cutter
    Now comes the main tools of tiling. A Tile cutter makes use of a scribing wheel and a breaking arm, available in many different quantities. If you’re using quartz tile, it will be better to use a wet wheel cutter, as normal cutters are rendered useless with it.
  4. Tile nipper
    Tile nipper is an essential tool if the Bathroom tiles that you have in hand require difficult or small cuts. While tiling small bathrooms, it may be useful around the pipe area or any other fitting that requires tile adjustment. 
  5. Tile Spacers
    Tile spacers are as important as any other kind of equipment. It helps to equally space tiles as you are keeping them in place. It also helps you avoid going through a bad phase in the DIY project, as the wrong spacing can do a lot of damage.
  6. Mixing Bowl & Paddle
    You would need a place to mix the adhesive and grout as they are used for tilling the bathroom space. Make note that things get messy very quickly, and the mixing bowl size depends on how much you’re mixing. And of course, to mix it, you will need a paddle.

Here are a few other tools that you would need:

  • Notched trowel
  • Grout Float
  • Spirit Level
  • Sponge

How to Tile a Small Bathroom

We have already addressed the Dos and Don’ts of tiling a bathroom and the required tools. Before we move on to the question of ‘how many tiles for a small bathroom’, let’s first look at the process.

The Process of Tiling a Bathroom Wall

The Process of Tiling a Bathroom Wall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 1: The first step in tiling a bathroom wall is to understand how many tiles you need to cover the space. And then buy a little extra. As mentioned, it is essential to have at least 10-15% extra tiles to make the tiling process smooth.

Step 2: Make sure the tiles are sanded and cleaned, as you don’t want the adhesive to be rendered useless.

Step 3: To achieve a more proportional design and tiles, it is advised to use a stick just more than half the length of the wall. Lay the stick down on the floor and use it as a dummy to place the tiles along with the spaces. You can mark the stick and use it as a measurement guide. You can do this step in both ways.

Step 4: Measure your wall and mark a vertical line using a pencil and spirit level. Do the same for the horizontal way, ensuring these lines meet in the middle.

Step 5: Use the measuring stick to understand where each tile will be placed, marking the same with a pencil. This will ensure that you have a grid for the tiles. It helps to keep the first and the last tiles at all the corners in the same size.

Step 6: Place your tile, and see if it fits into the required grid. If you want to cut, use a tile cutter to bring it to the most accurate size.

Step 7: Make use of the notched trowel to apply the adhesive. Once done, place the tile in the required grid and press.

Step 8: Repeat Step 7 for all the tiles and leave them out to dry before starting the grouting process.

Step 9: Using a spreader of a grout float, apply the grout to the wall, especially in between the tiles. Make sure there are no air bubbles.

Step 10: Wipe the excess grout and leave it out to dry for at least 15 minutes.

Step 11: Wipe the tiles with a damp cloth before spraying the grout protector. This allows the grout to be protected from water penetration.

| Also Read: How to Clean Grout Between Floor and Wall Tiles? |

The Process of Tiling a Bathroom Floor

The Process of Tiling a Bathroom Floor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 1: The first step is to always clean the area where you are going to be tiling. If you’re wondering how to tile a small bathroom floor, the first thing is to clean, dry and level it. If you’re lucky to have a concrete floor, there are no issues. In the case of timber floors, there is a need for primed plywood covering.

Step 2: As we did with the wall, make a horizontal and vertical line to find the midpoint of the floor. Start dry laying the tiles from the middle, working in the direction of the wall or a bathroom object.

Step 3: Mark the finishing point of the last whole tile in front of the wall or object. Do the same steps in the perpendicular direction to the previous one. You will have two straight lines, which are to be filled with tiles.

Step 4: Use the adhesive to stick the tiles to their required area, ensuring they are flat and settled on the ground.

Step 5: For harder areas like around the toilet or the sink, use a paper/cardboard template to trace the area. Use a tile cutter or clipper to ensure the tile can fit the area accurately. Once done, sand the tiles before applying the adhesive.

Step 6: Apply the tiles around the edges, cutting & clipping as per the required size.

Step 7: Grout as you did for the wall, following the same process. And you’re done!

This brings us to the end of our guide on how to tile a small bathroom. Hoping this will be helpful in your little DIY project!