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How To Tile A Kitchen

Ever wanted to know how to tile a kitchen? This is one of the questions some of our passionate readers have been asking since the start of this year. We have provided the best answer you can get from experts. Basically, this article is a step by step guide of how to tile a kitchen without spending a lot of money. Read on to learn more.

how to tile a kitchen

Planning stage

In the planning stage, you need to determine the amount of resources you want to inject into the tiling project. You can know this by calculating the cost of buying the tiling materials, tools and equipment, and the total cost of manpower.

Also, you need to determine the type and size of tiles you need to lay in your kitchen. The size and type of tile you choose for your kitchen will affect your overall design and most importantly how you work. For instance, larger tiles will cover a large kitchen floor area more quickly but they are a little bit difficult to lay on uneven surfaces.

Floors, walls, countertops and backsplashes are common areas where people lay tiles. Consider whether to lay them on the whole area or on a specific area. Knowing the size of the area you want to lay tiles will help you calculate the number and cost of tiles to finish the entire project.

Proceed to purchase the tools and materials you will need to accomplish the project successfully. You will need materials like thin-set mortar, trowel, backer board, screws, grout, and tiles. When it comes to tools, you will need things such as a screwdriver, buckets, a notched trowel, a grout float and wet tile saw.

Designing stage

After you have chosen the size, number and color scheme for your kitchen tiling project, turn your attention to the design aspects of your project. Here, you need to factor in design aspects such as scale, texture, and pattern. Determine the pattern in which you will set your tiles and the ultimate texture you want to achieve. Scale your tiling project to the size of the kitchen surface for maximum balance.

All these three will not only alter the appearance of a room but also define the overall mood of your kitchen space as effectively as color. In addition, texture and pattern will affect the atmosphere you create.

Sometimes designing a tiling project can be very difficult if you are a newbie. You don’t need to worry because there are several companies that can help you design your tile project for a little fee.

Installation stage

This is a step by step guide of how to tile a kitchen.

Step 1: Turn off power to the kitchen

Turn off power to the kitchen. If it is the walls you want to tile, remove switchplates and outlet covers in the area you want to tile. Tape off cabinets, outlets and the area where your countertops meet the walls.

Step 2: Mix the Thinset

You need to choose the tile adhesive you want to use. In this project, we recommend you use thinset. First, mix up the gallons of thinset to properly cover the area you want to lay the tiles. Mix only little thinset as cab be utilized in one hour. If a large amount of thinset is mixed at a go, it will dry out and become less effective.

Step 3: Apply the Thinset 

Using a trowel, apply a good amount of thinset into the surface you want to lay the tiles. Use a notched trowel to smoothen the paste over the tiling area holding the trowel at a 45-degree angle. It’s important to work in small areas because thinset dry out quickly. Comb over it with a notched trowel.

Step 4: Install the tiles

When the entire area of the floor has been covered with the thinset mortar, set the tiles slowly arranging them in the desired pattern. Make any slight adjustments and corrections while the thinset is wet.

The actual process of laying the tiles depends on the area of the kitchen you want to tile. If it is the floors you want to tile, lay one row of tiles all the way across the flooring space and another row perpendicular to the first row using spacers as a guide.

Laying out the tiles before setting them provides a good estimate of how many tiles you will need for the entire space. This will also help you know where you might run into problems as you continue to floor.


You need to take maximum care when tiling your kitchen.  During the entire project duration, always wear protection glasses when working with power tools and a face mask when pouring dry thinset.

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