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Planning a Part-Tiled Room: A Eurotiles & Bathrooms Guide

Part Tiled Wall

Part tiled walls are simple and easy to install with multiple benefits, a part tiled wall is the perfect addition to any home. Typically, part tiled walls can be found in bathrooms, kitchens and utility rooms. Where homeowners are able to make the best of the functionality of tiles and the creative designs, mixing textures, colours and prints in your most used areas.

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Pros and cons of a part tiled wall

Pro'sCon's
Cost effective - Can be a good alternative to a fully tiled room when the cost of your perfect tile is out of budgetMore prep may be needed
Flexible designs – part tiling your wall means that you can easily change the paint and wallpaper in your room to update and adapt your home as the latest trends appearExposed parts of the wall may be subject to steam and water damage
Less grout to maintain
Easy and simple way to use a bold tile without making it look overpowering

If you like the effect of a half-tiled wall, this helpful guide details all you need to know about planning for a half -tiled wall.

1. Select the height/wall to tile

Choose the height/wall you would like to tile and consider how you might lay your tiles around any obstacles that may be attached to the wall (e.g. plug sockets, cabinets etc). In rooms where there are many obstructions, metro style tiles would be the easiest to install, as they are small and easily shaped with a cutting machine or a handheld tile cutter.

Once you’ve chosen your desired area to tile, mark it with pencil. If you’ve chosen to tile half a wall, we suggest that you mark out the exact area with straight lines, to make it easier when you come to apply the grout and tile.

2. Choose your finish

This is the part when you might consider what you want your final space to look like. Are you looking to use bright colours, mosaics, borders or even a mix of patterned tiles? Do you want to fill the rest of your space with wallpaper or paint or mouldings?

Making a decision on your finish at this stage will allow you to plan for the number of tiles, paint/wallpaper required for your project.

Tiled Kitchen

3. Choose your tiling pattern

Once you’ve selected your overall look for the room, it’s time to select your tiles. There are various types of tiles, from glazed and woodgrain to rectified and scored.

It is important to select a tile, that will not only work with your aesthetics, but will also function well within your chosen area. For instance, selecting a textured tile for your splashback may aesthetically pleasing, it may harder to clean and maintain.

Top Tip: Using a tile trim can help smarten up your design and cover up any wonky mistakes that may have been made in the process! Click here to view our tiling accessories.

4. Measure your room

This is the most important part of any planning to tile a room. Measure your area carefully and order tiles based on the size of the room. We would always suggest an overage of 10% to account for any breakages or issues when tiling. Once you’ve got an accurate measurement of the walls and have ordered the correct number of tiles, you’re ready to prep the room ready to install the tiles.

Need help on how to measure a room ready for tiling? Use our helpful tile measuring guide.

5. Prep work

Tools needed:

  • Pencil
  • Spirit level
  • Tape measure
  • Gauge rod

The first step for preparing a part-tiled wall is to measure and find the position of where you want the top row of tiles to be. When measuring, ensure you use a spirit level to help ensure all lines are straight.

Next use a gauge rod to check that the lowest tile fits in perfectly with the height you’ve chosen. This is to ensure that all tiles are full sized rather than cut, as you get a far more professional and, overall, aesthetically pleasing effect. If the bottom tile is going to be really small, you may want to adjust the height, for either, an easier cut or no cut at all.

Once you’ve done this, use the spirit level and tape measure to accurately mark out the top of the tiles and then you’re ready to start tiling the room! If you need help with how to professionally tile a room, use our tiling guide which provides an in depth look at the process to help you achieve the finish you’re aiming for.

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We’re proud to have over 40 years’ experience selling high quality tiles all across the UK. We’re proud to stock an extensive range of styles, colours and shaped tiles that will enhance your space and help create your dream home.

If you have any questions about our tile ranges, please get in touch with our team today, we’d be happy to help you find the right tiles for your home.

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