Tiling a shower: A guide on how to get a watertight finish

Person laying patterned floor tiles in bathroom shower area
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Tiling a shower is a long lasting, effective and attractive way to keep it waterproof. Not only do you get to choose the colours and style of the tiles to help complement your bathroom design, you get a functional barrier against water.

Whether you’re tiling a wall or floor in a shower, you need to make sure that you get your prep right as well as the tiling right. Get it wrong and you could get unwanted leaks leading to more serious issues. Here we give you a quick guide to ensuring that doesn’t happen.  

Tiling a shower: A four step guide  

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.