Tiling onto plasterboard: Here's how to do it and what you need to know

Bathroom with tiles applied to green plasterboard
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Is tiling onto plasterboard as easy as tiling onto a plastered wall? Yes, the principle is effectively the same but with an added bonus as Stephen Russell of Ashley Cross Tiling explains: “Tiling onto plasterboard is a cost-effective option compared to tiling onto plaster.” Why? Because you don’t need to pay a plasterer to skim the walls first.

“It can be used in most situations in kitchens and bathrooms when tiling a wall, but where water is being used in abundance, i.e. shower areas and wet rooms, you need to waterproof,” adds Russell. In the latter case, tanking is required and it might be better to choose an alternative like a cement-based tile backer board.

Here, we explain how to tile onto plasterboard, and answer your questions.

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.