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How To Tile Around Corners

How To Tile Around Corners

So, you're a pro at tiling walls, but have come unstuck when it comes to those fiddly window ledges, alcoves and corners. Stop fretting, as long as you have a couple of hours free, this guide will show you how it's done.

Step 1: You will need

  • Tiles
  • Tile Adhesive
  • Spreader
  • Pencil
  • Tile cutter
  • Plumb line
  • Trim
  • Sponge

Step 2: The overlap

This method is best for where a vertical wall meets a horizontal surface, such as a window recess or a basin unit.

Tile up to the horizontal surface using your well honed tiling skills, trimming the last row so they sit flush with the recess. If you're a novice, watch 'How to lay wall tiles' to get the best results.

It's likely that the horizontal surface is shallower than your tiles, so cut them to size, bearing in mind they must overlap the wall tiles at the edge.

Spread the adhesive over the surface using the serrated edge to form ridges. Starting in the middle of the ledge, place the first tile inline with the wall tiles. Make sure the uncut edge is on show, and the cut edge is at the back. Give it a little wobble to set it in position with the front overlapping, and flush with the wall tiles.

Continue setting the tiles along the ledge, again keeping the spacing in line with the wall tiles, this means you'll have to trim the ones at either end. Have that sponge handy to wipe off any adhesive that may ooze up as you go. When done, leave to dry for at least 24 hours before you grout. Nice work.

Step 3: The trim

The trim method is great for a smooth finish around external corners, and is dead easy to do.

Tile both walls either side of the corner, leaving the edge, or margin tiles, off. It's crucial both the walls have the same horizontal guide line or you'll end up with a mis-matched corner. Coat the corner area in tile adhesive, again making furrows with the serrated edge. Embed the tile trim all the way down the corner's edge. It's crucial that this is dead straight so set a plumb line, or grab a spirit level, and adjust the trim as so.

Now you are ready to the set the tiles either side. Cut them to size, leaving a grout line next to the trim. When done, wipe off any excess adhesive with a damp sponge and leave to dry for at least 24 hours before you grout. In the meantime, step back and admire your handiwork.

Step 4: Grouting

Read the manufacteur's instruction for your particular grout and mix as directed. Grout float at the ready, spread the grout in all directions over the tiles to make sure every joint is well filled. Next, compress the grout by running a blunt stick along each joint - this will look professional and will help give a waterproof seal. Wipe off any excess with a damp sponge before it dries. Lastly polish the tiles with a clean cloth. Looking good.