How To Tile A Bathroom Floor

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Jun 07


The 9 Necessary Steps To Follow When Tiling Your Bathroom Floor This Summer.

Another week, another DIY.

With Summer upon us, it motivates even the least likely DIYer’s to get out there and start new projects. So this week, let’s look at tiling your bathroom floor!

Tiling your bathroom floor can be a really simple and inexpensive way to uplift the look and feel of your bathroom. And if done correctly, it could be completed over a weekend without too much disruption to the family.

Now, it has to be said, and although it may sound obvious, here is a little warning to think about when tiling your bathroom floor. And one that some people do not take into consideration when excited about their latest DIY project...

Tiling your bathroom floor would have to be one of the very last things you do when updating your bathroom. So, whatever you do, don’t go tiling it and then decide you want to fully replace the shower or vanity!

Ok, now that we got that out of the way, below are the tools and materials you are going to need before you start tiling a bathroom floor.


  • Measuring Tape
  • Circular Saw
  • Jigsaw
  • Drill
  • Tile Cutter
  • Bucket
  • Notched Trowel
  • Grout Float
  • Sponge


  • backerboard
  • backerboard screws
  • Tiles
  • Tile spacers
  • Chosen mortar
  • Grout
  • Sealant

There's A Video Tutorial Below The 9 Steps Below

And now for the 9 necessary steps to follow to get the job done!

Step 1. Prepare the floor

It is essential that any necessary waterproofing has been done prior to laying the tiles. Once you are sure that waterproofing has been completed, then go about preparing your floor. Ensure the floor is clean and dry. Avoid making small cuts in the tiles and in the wet areas like your bathroom and laundry.  Make sure you keep the fall, so that the water drains away.

Step 2. Measure and mark the datum line

To create your point of reference for laying the tiles, use your level, tape measure and pencil to mark out the datum line.  This ensures they are straight and symmetrical 

Step 3. Mix up your adhesive

With your empty bucket, pour in some water and add the chosen powdered adhesive. Mix it until it is the same consistency as toothpaste. Add more adhesive if it becomes to runny, and more water if it becomes too thick. 

Step 4. Dry lay your tiles

Before tiling your bathroom floor, start off by laying some of your tiles dry, to see what the finished floor will look like. Lay out your tiles on the floor using your datum line as a reference. Check that they are evenly spaced on every side of the wall. If they’re not, you will need to adjust your datum line.

Step 5. Lay the tiles

Using your trowel, apply the adhesive between the datum line and the nearest wall. Depending on the adhesive used, depends on how much adhesiveyou apply. You don't want it to dry before you get the tiles down! Consider doing an area of 3x3 tiles to start with. Place the first tile in the adhesive and gently press it down to make it flush with the datum line. Consider using a level to check they are level across the floor.

Step 6. Insert your tile spacers

After laying your section of tiles, insert tile spacers between them. This will keep the grout lines straight and provide a professional looking finish. Use two spacers for each side of a large tile. Remember to Insert spacers between all tiles laid.. Once the adhesive is dry, you can easily remove the spacers.

Step 7. Cut your tiles to size

Before cutting tiles, ensure you measure the distance between the laid tile and the wall at both ends of the tile, Mark the distance on both sides of the new tile and draw a line between them. Time to cut the tile.  Place it in the cutter and run the blade along the line. Press down to break the tile.  Repeat this process when measuring and cutting all of your tiles. 

Step 8. Cut your tile for drainage (if required)

Determine whether you need cut out an area in the tile for drainage. To do this, lay the edge of the tile you need to cut against the one that is laid next to the drainage hole. Mark on the tile along one edge the length of the drain. Then turn it on its side and  mark the width of the drain. Draw lines across the tile to mark the measurments of the drainage hole. Now use the preferred tools (angle grinder for example) to cut out the shape required for the drain. Once cut the outline of the drain, cut a diagonal line across the shape to make it easier to push the off-cut out. The tile is now ready to lay over the drainage hole.

Step 9. Finish laying your tiles

Continue laying tiles. Use a straight edge or level to ensure all the tiles are lying flat, or following the required fall so water can drain away. If any tiles aren't flush, remove them and either add or take away adhesive until they are at the desired level. Use a damp sponge to wipe off any excess adhesive that may rise up between the tiles when you press them down.


When applying grout to your tiles, there is often some excess. A simple and fast way to remove it is to run your finger along any raised spots while the grout is still pliable. Then give it a quick wipe down with a damp cloth.

Watch A Video Tutorial Below

Now that you have read the 9 necessary steps to follow when tiling your bathroom floor this Summer, check out this detailed video that outlines just how to go about it for a finish any DIYer would be proud of. 

So there you have it! We hope this has helped you get ready for your next DIY project at home this summer.

And if you decide you want to update your bathroom furnishings, before you tile (!!) then you know where you can find us for a great deal on quality furnishings for your bathroom.

*please note that the advice in this article is from the research that we have done and is what we find to be useful. We do not guarantee these will work for you and we are not compensated in any way by those whose information we have shared.

Not sure where to purchase your bathroom tiles from for your next tiling project?

Bridge Discounts highly recommend Dickies Tiles, Halifax.

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Til next time. Happy tiling from us all here at Bridge Discounts!

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(2) comments

Matt 29th June 2016

Great website, handy info. Thanks!

    bridgediscounts 15th July 2016

    Thanks Matt, glad you like it 🙂

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