How to Tile a Bathroom Wall

Mayuri Kulkarni Dec 1, 2018
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If you have been thinking of renovating your bathroom, then what better way to do it than installing new tiles on the walls? Here is how to tile a bathroom wall all by yourself.
Installing bathroom wall tiles can be a great idea if you want to change the look of your bathroom. It is an easy job that you can do without hiring a contractor or a professional.
The materials and tools you will require for tiling your bathroom are:
  • Tile grout
  • Tiles
  • 4 ft level
  • Measurement tape
  • Sponge
  • Notched trowel
  • Tile adhesive
  • Tile spacers
  • Rubber float

Selecting the Tiles

Choose the tiles such that they complement the bathroom interior, like the bathtub and the sink. Before moving to the procedure tiling a bathroom wall, you need to first understand the various options that are available. Following is a list of different types of bathroom tiles, and you can select the one that will satisfy your needs and fit your budget.
Ceramic Tiles: These are the most popular bathroom tiles. They come in various patterns and colors, and hence are the most favored variety.
Mosaic Tiles: Using a mosaic tile can give your bathroom an innovative look. They have wide applications in interior designing.
Glass Tiles: These tiles are a very good option when you want a design on the bathroom wall. However, working with glass requires skill and is challenging. They come in various shapes, sizes, and colors.
Stone Tiles: These are resistant to water, and give your bathroom a beautiful natural look. They are expensive and heavy, so installation is different and also difficult. Marble tiles, granite tiles, and travertine tiles are various types of popular stone tiles.
The method which are mentioned here pertains to the installation of ceramic tiles, as these are the most widely used.


Measure the wall area that is to be covered with tiles. Consult a nearby interior decoration store so that they can guide you with the number of tiles and the size of the backer board you will require.
Check for any holes in the wall and patch them up. It is recommended that you use a cement backer boards. They are half inch thick and come in sizes of 5x8 feet. Choose the appropriate backer boards and install them using drilling machine and screws.

Working on the Layout

Find out the center of the wall with the help of the measurements taken before. Installation should always begin at the center of the wall and end at the edges, as the walls are never perfectly square.
Starting from the midpoint, chalk the outlines of the tiles to form a layout of all the tiles to be installed. Ensure symmetry, leveling, and proper right-angled squares while drawing the layout on the backer board. Mark the areas for any plumbing fixtures and modify the layout accordingly.

Installation of Tiles

Start from the center line and apply a coat of adhesive with the help of the smooth side of a notched trowel. Use the notched side of the trowel to spread the adhesive. Work in sections while applying the adhesive to the backer board.
Fix the first tile at the center of the layout in a twisted motion to ensure that it has adhered properly. Similarly, place the remaining tiles on the backer board. Place the spacers after installing each tile so that the width of the grout line between the tiles will be consistent.
At the ends of the walls, you may have to cut the tiles so that they fit into the layout. Use a tile cutter for the same and use a higher grit sandpaper to smoothen the edges. Leave the adhesive overnight to dry.


Once you are done with installation of bathroom tiles, start with the grouting. Choose a grout that is suitable for the grout width of the tiles. For grout width more than 1/8 inches, sanded grout is used, while unsanded grout is used in other cases.
Prepare the grout according to the manufacturer's directions and take out all the tile spacers. Ensure that the grout you are using is waterproof. With the help of a rubber float, apply the grout between the tiles using a diagonal motion to the lines. See that you apply grout thoroughly and that it has reached the base of the spaces.
Rub out the extra grout with the help of a wet sponge. Leave it to dry, and clean the surface with a wet cloth gently to remove any remains on the tile. You can also apply a grout sealer if you want to, after a week of installation.
Now that you know the procedure for tiling a bathroom wall, you can redecorate your bathroom and improve its decor. Accuracy and proper layout are the two basic needs when installing bathroom wall tiles.
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