Project Guide

How to Set a Pattern in Floor Tile

1
DO A DRY RUN
Do a Dry Run  - Set Pattern 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.
2
CUT A GUIDE BOARD
Cut Guide Board  - Set Pattern Floor Tile
  • 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.
3
TEST THE INSETS
Test Insets - Set Pattern Floor Tile
  • 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.
4
CUT THE INSETS
Cut Insets  - Set Pattern Floor Tile
  • For every diamond inset, hold the pattern tile centered on the corners of the cut tile and trace a cut line around the edges.
  • Cut all of these tiles at the same time.
5
INSTALL THE REST OF THE TILE
Install Rest Tile  - Set Pattern Floor Tile
  • 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.