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Laying out the tile pattern

There are many ways and methods of laying out the ceramic floor tile. Most of the problems associated with layout are due to the room being out of square.

The following method is simple, easy to use and does not require a square room.

Before you start you should always remember to make sure the area is free of dirt and dust.

The first thing you will need to do is to snap two chalk lines. Take the chalk line and snap a line down the center of the room. Snap another chalk line down the center but perpendicular to the first line. In other words you will have one line down the center width of the room and one down the center length. Next you will want to add thinset to the floor.

Next place a row of tiles down along both lines, Make sure to leave room for spacing of the grout. It is a good idea to use grout spacers here. If the thinset comes up between the grout joints, remove it before it dries. Place the ceramic tile into the thinset with a slight downward pressure.
Once you have laid out the ceramic tile, check to make sure that the spacing is ok. You may need to move the tiles some so that you end up with as many full tiles as possible thus avoiding lots of cutting. Take a rubber mallet and lightly tap the tile to assure good coverage. Work in small sections and take your time. Keep an eye on the thin set, if it gets too dry, it may be necessary to add more water and remix.
When cutting the tiles, in a small room in particular, may want to cut tile to fit both sides of the room, giving an equal appearance. Let your eye be the judge. We recommend using a wet-saw for the act of tile cutting as it is likely to snap and break less tiles than other methods, in addition they are available relatively cheaply.

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