How To Tile A Kitchen
October 31, 2013.
As with any kind of tiling the key is preparation to your kitchen tiling area. Your kitchen tiling job should be pretty simple if you take your time and make sure all the ground work is done properly. For more information on how to prepare your kitchen tile area please see our page Ceramic Kitchen Tile Installation.
The right kitchen tiles
Before you even start to get your kitchen tiling area ready to tile you will need to decide what kitchen tiles you want for your chosen tiling area. To help with this you can get kitchen tile samples from any of our tile stores which you will find under our Tile Store Finder, the reason for tile samples is so you can hold a number of different tiles on your kitchen wall to see which you like the most.
Once you know what tile you want to get and its size, you will need to work out how many times you need for your kitchen tiling project. It's always best to round up by 1 - 2 metres to be safe and allow for breaking a few tiles.
What kitchen tiling equipment
You will need to buy some kitchen tiling tools to do your tiling job including Tile adhesive, Tile grout, Tile edging strip, Tile adhesive spatula, a tiling chisel, Putty spatula, Spirit level and Tile spacers.
Preparation for kitchen tiling
You may want to remove any old kitchen tiles but if you do not mind the extra tile space its OK to tile on top of your existing kitchen tiles.
If you do remove your old kitchen tiles it’s tempting to jump straight into putting up your new kitchen tiles, but you need to finish your wall before you can tile it!
You need to clean the kitchen tiling area first, remove any dust and dirt etc. that’s in the kitchen area, and once clean you will have to fill in any holes and gouges in your kitchen wall.
How to set out kitchen tiles
Yet again you could just jump in and slap your kitchen tiles down, but first of all you should think about where your kitchen tiles are going, how many will fit on the tiling area and where you will need to cut the kitchen tiles.
One thing to remember above all when you come to do this is that its almost impossible to cut a tile smaller the 1cm, this is why it’s a good idea to check how many kitchen tiles will fit your tiling area, as you don't want to get to the end and have a small gap you can't tile.
As long as you measure up correctly to start with you should spot if you will have a gap at the end, and adjust your starting point for tiling. If you notice that you will have a gap at one end the easiest and best way to get around this would be to start your kitchen tiling with half a tile or similar.
How to lay kitchen tiles
You will now need to get your adhesive and spatula and start laying your tile adhesive down on the walls nicely. It is worth you getting good quality tools for tiling as for that little extra spend you could save a lot of time and money in the long run as your kitchen tiles will look much better done correctly.
The easiest way to apply kitchen tiles is to apply the adhesive to each tile one at a time and stick it into place. Put the tile adhesive onto the back of the tile and evenly spread it about 1/2cm thick across the whole tile. It’s also best to roughen the tile adhesive rather than make it smooth as it will allow for a little more movement once your tile is placed in position. You will find this gets easier as you go along and your technique improves.
How to tile around kitchen appliances
How to grout kitchen tiles
Please see our "How to Grout Tiles" guide