Tiling a floor tips, techniques and questions answered by an expert

Man levelling slate grey floor tiles with rubber mallet
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Tiling a floor is a task that DIYers can tackle, especially with the help of some trade know-how. And, you won’t need a massive collection of expensive tools. Manual tile cutters – available for around £30-£40 – are an ideal choice for straight cuts. It's definitely worth investing in a few tiling tools, especially if you’ve plans for more tiling jobs.

When tiling a bathroom floor, hallway or kitchen floor, tiles are the big expense. But, doing the job yourself will save you money which you can spend on better quality tiles to make sure you get a solid, good looking, long lasting floor.

Here you'll get invaluable insight from a long-time tiler on where to start, how to prep floors and what gaps you need to ensure your tiles look like they were laid by a pro.  

Tiling a floor: What you need to know

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.