Installing floor tile is a project that
any dedicated do-it-yourselfer can accomplish. Tile stands up to a lot of abuse
as well as the cleaning necessary for kitchens, bathrooms and entry
The only downside is that things that
fall on floor tiles usually break. This project describes how to install
glazed, ceramic floor tiles. More porous tiles like terra cotta may require
To start with, you have to make a few
The first one is to select the tile that
appeals to you. This is the part of the project that I can't help you with. If
you are as bad as I am at choosing colors it is a good idea to seek help. One
note: places like Home Depot normally have fairly plain tile. If you want
something unique, you will likely have to go to a tile store.
The second decision is the color of the
grout. The coloring of the grout should complement the tile color. If
possible, go with a darker grout as stains are less likely to show.
The third design decision is the
orientation of the tile. Tile may be put down in any orientation but the most
common are parallel to the wall or at a 45 degree angle to the wall. Note that
angled designs are harder to layout.
The fourth design decision is the space
that you will allow between the tile. Spacers are available from 1/16" to
1/4". Look at other floors to help determine what you like. The width of the
grout line will determine whether you need sanded or non-sanded grout.
Non-sanded grout should only be used when the grout will fill a gap 3/16" or
smaller. Sanded grout may also be used on 3/16" grout lines but nothing
Spreading grout on floor tile