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Full tile at the top or bottom

Discussion in 'Tiling' started by kieranw7261, 2 Dec 2019.

  1. kieranw7261

    kieranw7261

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    Hi there,

    I have seen lots of videos about planning out where to start with tiling.
    I am planning on doing floor to ceiling tiles in a bathroom. I once had a tiler who said to me that its best to have a full tile at the top/bottom because it looks better - except I cant remember if he said its best at the top or the bottom?

    Does anyone have any advice?
     
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    You always look at the top, rarely the bottom!.
     
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    Thank you both, much appreciated.
     
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    the idea is that you set out the tiles in any panel of tiles - not just floor to ceiling - before fixing a single tile.
    you work out the left hand to right hand tiles in a horizontal course, and typically end up with equal cut tiles at either end.
    the same goes for the vertical stack of courses - typically cut tiles in the bottom and top courses. this way the panel is balanced, & you avoid short cuts or slivers which will shout out at first glance.

    there's far more to setting out, aka layout, than the above but thats my answer to your question.
     
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    I use a batton the length from floor to ceiling to set out.
    I mark on it points like height of bath,counter tops and windows, then lay a column of tiles one more that room height on the floor . Then place the batton on them and move it up and down for most pleasing spacing.
     
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    Am I missing something?

    I have never worked in a house where either the ceiling or floor were perfectly level.

    When laying out the tiles I try to ensure that the top and bottom tiles are roughly the same height. The same applies to left and right. The exception to the rule is where they will eventually meet the top of the bath. You don't want a slither of a tile above the bath.
     
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    Full tile at ceiling level definateley. But make sure youre ceiling is level becasue if it isn't (it probably isn't) you need to set out from the highest point. Draw a level line around the room at any height. Get a tape measure and at various points measure the distance from the ceiling down to your level line. Whichever point gives the highest measurement, thats your high spot and its from here you set out you're tiling. If you start at the lowest point and say for example you're ceiling is an inch out, when the tiling reaches the ceiling you are going to get liitle cuts, not a good look! Hope that make sense!
     
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