Laying Wall Tiles: How to Do It Step by Step?


The installation of the wall tile in the bathroom must be done according to several points. You must already take the right type of tile, succeed in your layout, make sure to strengthen the tightness of the tiles laid, etc. It must also be remembered that tiling does not only play an aesthetic role in a bathroom. Indeed, the walls of a bathroom are much more waterproof and easy to maintain when they are covered with tiling.

However, the installation of tiles on a wall or the walls of a bathroom requires a lot of address in addition to the criteria already mentioned above. So, what are the steps to put tiles on the walls of his bathroom?

What type of tile will you take?

First of all, you need to know what kind of tiles are you going to take. Be aware that porous tiles are not made at all for damp rooms like the bathroom. So consider taking natural stone, porcelain stoneware or faience.

In terms of color, white and black will always be good solutions. However, you have the choice between all the colors possible as long as you know how to harmonize the colors of the floor and the wall.

Also, when making your choice, think about your budget. If you do not know how to establish a good budget, you can always ask for a quote example according to the different possible prices to a craftsman.

Prepare your site

Once your tiles are ready, you will have to prepare the site. Here are the rules to remember:

  • Prepare the wall by peeling off the wallpaper, stripping the paint or removing the old tiles;
  • Existing tiling can also be simply tipped to provide a good adhesion surface for new tiles if you do not want to remove everything;
  • Sand the wall so that it is smooth and ready to work;
  • Correct the irregularities;
  • Coat porous walls with waterproof insulation;
  • Remember to eliminate molds and fungi;
  • Before any work, go from the primer to the walls to be tiled and allow to dry for 12 to 24 hours.
  • Protect the surroundings
  • In the preparation of the site, we must also think about the protection of the surroundings. In order to avoid cleaning after installation, you must indeed anticipate. As part of a bathroom renovation, this step is essential.

For this, remember to protect the floor and the different devices in the bathroom with tarpaulin and other types of protection.

Bring together your tools

When you have properly prepared your site and assembled the necessary tiles, you need to put together your tools. To put the tiles in a bathroom, you would need:

  • Bat tiler and tile;
  • Tile adhesive ready for use;
  • Braces;
  • Sponge and cloth;
  • Tiler’s mallet;
  • Spirit level ;
  • Abrasive paper ;
  • Parrot clip, needle, roller and notched spatula;
  • Spatula for jointing and cleats.
  • The work to be done

Now that you have all your tools and your job site is well prepared, you can start the work.

Put the cleats

In order for your tiles to be skillful, you must first put the cleats. When laying the horizontal batten, go off the ground taking the height of a tile added to two braces. Record the measurements on the wall by marking with a pencil. Put the cleat in place horizontally according to the mark taken. Be careful, the top of the cleat must touch the mark and to have the exact levels, use your spirit level.

For the vertical cleat, mark the wall at a distance that corresponds to one tile and two braces starting from the corner of the room. The vertical cleat should be fixed perpendicular to the horizontal one.

NB If you have 10 cm square tiles, the ideal spacing is 2 to 3 mm. With a medium-sized tile (20 cm) it will take a spacing of 3 to 5 mm and for the tile with a large format allow a spacing of 5 mm.

The laying of the first tiles

To glue the tiles, you have to take your notched spatula and tile adhesive. Then brush a surface with 4 tiles. Lay your first tile at the intersection of the two cleats. Tap and tap with the mallet. Continue the pose following the same process.

The continuity of the pose

Continue laying your tiles in a vertical line. Take reference to the vertical cleat and go back up. Never forget to use the mallet and the bat to reposition and firmly push the tile. Attention, it takes a drying time of one hour before removing the cleats.