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Diagonal Tile Layout

Bhakti Satalkar Oct 12, 2018
Choosing a diagonal tile layout can certainly give your home a different look altogether. Let's see step-by-step instructions to install diagonal tiles.
Often, people who want a diagonal layout for their floor tiling, start laying the tiles at the straightest wall. This trick can work for some, but might not work always. If the right method is not followed, you might end up wasting your time and money. Using the following strategy can help you to avoid this common mistake.


Before you start laying the tiles, make sure that the tile pattern is square.
  • The standard procedure is to divide the room into four quarters. These quarters will help you in sequencing the tiles.
  • Now, mark the center of the room's floor. The center should be equidistant from the foot of all the four walls.
  • Draw corresponding lines from the center of the walls to the center of the room. These four lines will meet in the center of the floor in the form of a '+' sign. This would be the center point of the room.
  • Now, draw four lines from the floor-center, which run to the diagonal corners of the room. This will look like an 'X' sign.
  • Use the formula for the Pythagorean triplet of 3-4-5 to check if the lines form a right angle.
  • Mark a point at 4 feet away from the center, along one of the cross lines. Mark a point 3 feet away from the center on the intersecting lines. Join the two points to create a diagonal line. This line has to measure 5 feet if the lines drawn are 90 degrees.
  • If the diagonal line does not measure five feet, then you will have to readjust the lines. Now, repeat the process till you cover the entire house with lines. After the lines have been drawn, start laying the tiles.
  • They should be laid along each of the four lines of the cross. Work from the center towards the walls.
  • If you notice some unevenness, use a plastic spacer. DO NOT USE MORTAR. This completes the dry run.
  • After the required adjustments, start laying the other tiles. You can make changes in terms of design and harmony, after all of them have been laid. You will, however, need a method which will help you remember how you had placed them during the dry run.
  • Now, cover the floor with the cement. Cement mostly takes 20-25 minutes to dry.
  • After the time has elapsed, start laying the tiles in the pre-decided pattern. Once laid, press them down firmly to ensure that they are locked.
  • Finally, spread the grout once everything has dried up. Wait till the grout dries and then use a seal to prevent any stains, in the future.
Since everything is now complete, position your furniture the way you like. Your new floor is ready, looking clean and beautiful!