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How to Lay Out Floor Tiles

November 18th, 2011 Tools

If you want to increase the attractiveness of your bathroom or kitchen floors, installing tile is a great choice that can be easier to do than you think. The first step toward tiling your floors is developing a layout plan. Since not all rooms are perfectly square, it takes some careful measurements to achieve a plan that looks good. Here's how to lay out tiles, according to the Home Depot and HomeTime.com.

1. Start out by drawing a sketch of your room on a piece of grid paper, including the doorways and floor obstructions. This will give you an idea of where the tiles will go.

2. If you have one wall that is more visible than the others, you should use that wall as a guide to square your tiles. Snap a chalk line or mark a line that is 90 degrees from the center of the wall to the opposite wall. Find the center of this line, then draw a perpendicular line from it to the remaining two walls. Make sure these lines are perfectly square.

3. Lay tiles and spacers along one line from the center to the wall as a test run. If the space at the wall is smaller than half of a tile, move the other line back by half of a tile so you'll have wider cuts at both walls. If you had to adjust, make new reference lines.

4. Measure a square using your reference lines, then use it to make a grid all throughout the room. This will help you work one section at a time when you're setting the tiles, and they'll all be straight.