How to Set a Pattern in Floor Tile
Time Required: 2-4 hours
Add angled tiles of various sizes and colors in unusual patterns to bring some personality to your floor. This guide will help you learn how to plan and set a pattern in floor tile.
- Prepare the floor and install backer board.
- Use graph paper to draw the pattern to scale, accounting for all the tiles. Use this drawing to guide you as you install the pattern.
- Draw chalk layout lines that represent both the interior and exterior areas of the border and the tiles within the field. Using these lines as a guide, dry lay all the tiles, making sure that the layout will not produce tapered rows.
- Cut a piece of plywood ½-inch thick to the dimensions of the interior of the border.
- Spread and comb thin set on the area just inside the border and across to the nearest wall.
- Set the plywood guide on its layout lines and arrange the border pieces in order on top of it. Set the border pieces in the thin set.
- Dry lay the centerpiece on its layout lines and dry lay the surrounding tiles.
- Where there are inset cuts to make, first cut cardboard templates for a test fit. If they work, use them as a guide to cut the tile itself.
- Pull up the plywood guide board and trowel thin set in the central area.
- Set the pattern in place as per your drawing.
- Let the mortar cure, grout and clean the tiles, and seal them if necessary.