Can I start tiling in a corner?

Asked By: Teotista Bockenholt | Last Updated: 14th January, 2020
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Theoretically, the tiles can be put down beginning at any area of the room, but beginning in corners, for instance, will often not lead to a balanced installation. The center of the room offers a logical area to begin some tile installations, such as diagonal tile patterns.

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Likewise, how do you tile into a corner?

Place your first tile into the corner, pressing its edges against the corners and the whole tile firmly against the wall. Then add a tile above it and one next to the original tile pushing them firmly into the adhesive using a twisting action.

Similarly, do you start tiling from the top or bottom? Don't start with a cut tile on the bottom, start on the next row up with a full tile. If one of your tile is slightly undersize it will throw everything out of line. Always start at the bottom and not at the top because they are heavy.

Then, can you start and stop a tile job?

It's more difficult to stop and restart tiling then to pause and restart grouting. Grouting is usually a much faster process then laying down tile, and can often be done in one day (especially if you're working in a team like us!), but there still times when you want to pause grouting and continue the next day.

Should tile overlap in corners?

When you tile the other side of the corner, the tiles should overlap, but make sure you leave a clearance gap between them (place a spacer). Next, use caulk to fill the corner gap, as a regular grout isn't flexible and would crack in a few months.

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Do you grout or silicone shower corners?

Use silicone caulk instead of grout to get crack-free shower corners and address tile movement joints. When it comes to tiling a shower, many choose to hire a tile professional to make sure it's done correctly.

How do you tile a shower corner?

Don't start on the edge of the tub or shower
Leave a 1/8-in. space between the tub and the tile to allow installation of a flexible bead of caulk. This tip also allows you to wrap tile around tub corners as shown in the photo below. Don't start the first row of tile by resting it against the tub or shower.

Is tiling easy?

Laying tile is easy but laying tile and doing it well is difficult. From that angle, it may make more sense to hire a professional tiler than to do it yourself. If you're trying to save money, one way to approach it is to hire the pro for the most visible areas.

How do you install backsplash tile in the corner?

How to Install Tile in a Corner Backsplash
  1. Use your tape measure, level and pencil to mark out the area for your backsplash.
  2. Use your adhesive trowel to spread adhesive over the entire section, starting on one side of the corner.
  3. Press your tiles into place, starting at the bottom outside edge of the section.

How far up should you tile a bathroom wall?


The classic design feature is usually between 34 and 54" high, with 36" being the average height. A classic offset or straight set pattern in a standard field size tile works best for this wall height. For a truly classic look, finish the top with a decorative trim or a bullnosed edge.

Can I tile a whole wall at once?

depending upon layout with a cut tile as your first row set on a ledger and any borders, you can tile all the walls one day and then the pan and 1st course of wall tiles if they are cut after you remove the ledger.

Where do you start when tiling a room?

Find the midpoint of each wall and snap a chalk lines on the floor. The line crossing at the room's center are the starting point of the tile. Lay a row of tiles along a straightedge more than halfway across the room.

How do you tile an uneven wall?

Spread thinset mortar on the bottom center of the wall. Spread the mortar with the flat edge of the trowel, then groove the mortar with the toothed edge until it is uniform in depth. Press the tiles into the mortar in the same layout you determined on the ground.

Should I tile the ceiling in my shower?

If your bathroom tends to get humid or you are installing a steam shower, you should tile the ceiling to help protect it from moisture. Otherwise, the best time to install tile on the ceiling is if you are doing an accent wall in the shower, and want to extend the tile overhead.

How long does it take to tile a wall?


According to experts, it takes a beginner about 16 hours to lay ceramic or stone tiles in an average room.

Can you tile over drywall?

Sheetrock, or drywall, is no different for tiling over than wood, plaster, cement, or other wall materials. If you are tiling an area that is not in a bathroom, tiles can be applied directly to the sheetrock simply and easily. The wall has to simply be prepared in order to complete this task properly.

Can you tile half a room at a time?

Yes, you can lay your tile one day and save the rest of the job for tomorrow or another day! The key is to make sure you are laying the tiles so they have enough time to dry and that you aren't walking over them during the drying process. Once all the tiles are completely dry, then you are ready for grouting.

How do you know a good tile job?

You should be on the lookout for the following warning signs that your tile installation was subpar.
  1. Obvious mistakes such as crooked lines, corners not aligned, or uneven grout line spacing.
  2. Excessive lippage, overhangs, jutting, or popping up of corners.
  3. Tiles are loose or corners have lifted upward.

Can you walk on Ungrouted tile?

If you walk barefoot, you'll feel everyone of those ungrouted edges as well. And the prospect of fixing a few cracked tiles, even before the floor is grouted, creates further delay when you are ready to install the grout. Use plywood if you have to move the heavy stuff back in. Cardboard is good for foot traffic.

Can I lay tile and grout the same day?


If the installer uses a rapid set thinset which is appropriate for the specific tile being installed, then grouting the same day is possible.

Can I wait a week to grout tile?

You should wait at least 24 hours before grouting the tiles. You may notice that the edges of the thinset or the thinset showing through the grout lines looks dry. The thinset under the tiles isn't receiving as much air as the edges and is therefor not fully cured.

How soon after laying tile can you walk on it?

Allow the newly installed ceramic tiles to rest for at least 24 hours before walking on them to ensure they don't shift in the wet mortar or grout. Take your shoes off before walking on the tiles to protect them from dirt or scuff marks.