Once done with the installation of floor tiles in a bathroom or toilet, the next task
for a homeowner is to fit in the tiles on the walls. While most people would prefer
having marble tiles, others relish the traditional and classical look that stock
subway tiles present.
Installing the tiles is a relatively more straightforward process, but to any individual,
whether an experienced home-remodeling expert or an uninitiated homeowner,
the installation of subway tiles usurps a considerable amount of time. As one starts,
the way up to the top, especially with a high ceiling can discourage your efforts,
but with the tips and tricks below, you can effortlessly fit the subway tile.
Homeowners who are new to tiling may not understand this, but ledges are essential
when laying the white stock subway tiles. Take a straight piece of wood and install it
at the base of the walls to have a straight and leveled base. That ensures that any
additional rows above the ledge will be straight. Establishing the wooden base is
simple: All you need is a drill and screws. Be careful when doing this to ensure you
have a straight pedestal before embarking on the first tile.
Select the Right Tile Saw
One of the essential tools in a stock subway tile project is a saw, and it is critical
for a householder to find one s/ he is comfortable with. A saw is one of the most
expensive tools for a tiling project, but there’s always a chance to rent one.
Take time and understand how it is utilized, so you don’t put yourself at risk. One
way of getting helpful insights is by inviting a family friend or relative who has
handled the tool. In case you use a wet tile saw, DIYers are encouraged to purchase
a new blade.
Put on Gloves
Interior makeover projects can leave your hands dirty, wrecked or bruised. Not to
mention the thin set that dries on the skin after working on the floor. For subway
tile installation, a person can be better off purchasing a set of latex gloves
(disposable). These protect your hands from injuries and eliminates the scale
Try out Different Designs
White tiles provide a classic and cheap stock subway look. However, homeowners
can get creative and try out different designs to spruce things up. Apart from the
traditional brick layout, you see in subways (also known as the running bond layout),
you can also consider 45-Degree Running Bond, which is typically a running bond
design but with a 45-degree rotation that gives it a slight twist. The diagonal
orientation offers a dynamic feel.
Alternatively, you can have the grout lines running vertically up for a more
contemporary design. A herringbone pattern is also a viable option for a
compelling, geometric layout.
Achieving a stock subway theme in the bathroom doesn’t have to be difficult if you
employ the above tips and tricks. Besides, with a DIY approach, you bypass expenses
that could have meant further spending. If you found this piece helpful, please leave
your comments below. Also, feel free to add suggestions and recommendations
regarding installation of subway tiles.