What Goes on First: Wall Tiles or Floor Tiles?


Replacing the tiles in your bathroom is a time-consuming job, but doing it yourself can save a lot of money. Try overestimating the amount of time it will take if you haven't tiled a bathroom before.


  • When tiling a bathroom, the walls should be done before the floor, except for the bottom row. Tile should be applied to a dry, clean surface.


  • When you're done with the walls, clean up any mess that you've made. Then the floor can be done.

Bottom Row

  • After you've finished the floor, add the tiles for the bottom row on the wall. Otherwise, the floor looks like it's raised.


  • Before beginning a tiling job, make sure you measure everything. Plan out your pattern before you begin.


  • Some things to have handy that you'll most likely need are a level, a carpenter's square, a hammer and a tape measure. You'll also want a pencil, goggles and some rags.


  • If you're using cement, don't mix it all at once. If you mix an entire bag, it could harden and would be wasted.

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