Tiling a bathroom for a flawless finish: What to consider before you start

Contemporary bathroom with blue tiles in linear pattern
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When tiling a bathroom there’s a host of factors to consider before the tiles even make it to your bathroom walls or floors. Do you know what tiles you need? Do you know what style you want? Do you know what pattern you would like? What costs do you need to consider? Are you going to do the job yourself? 

Answer these questions and you’re a long way to getting your dream bathroom. If you know how to tile a wall or floor you could half your costs and spend the extra cash on more expensive tiles or put it towards another home improvement project. 

Steve Jenkins

Steve Jenkins is a freelance content creator with over two decades of experience working in digital and print and was previously the DIY content editor for Homebuilding & Renovating. 

He is a keen DIYer with over 20 years of experience in transforming and renovating the many homes he has lived in. He specialises in painting and decorating, but has a wide range of skills gleaned from working in the building trade for around 10 years and spending time at night school learning how to plaster and plumb.

He has fitted kitchens, tiled bathrooms and kitchens, laid many floors, built partition walls, plastered walls, plumbed in bathrooms, worked on loft conversions and much more. And when he's not sure how to tackle a DIY project he has a wide network of friends – including plumbers, gas engineers, tilers, carpenters, painters and decorators, electricians and builders – in the trade to call upon.