Whether you need to replace a single tile, a handful or intend to entirely retile your bathroom, here are just 4 handy tips to take heed of in order to make the job a quick, easy and most importantly an affordable one.
- Buy Direct from a Supplier
The first and perhaps most useful tip to offer anyone looking for new bathroom tiles is to avoid the high street at all costs. Similarly, never resort to shopping either in person or via the internet at a bathroom showroom or the likes; showy companies mean showy prices all too often. Then, unless you wish to pay towards bolstering a company’s ‘look’ (potentially at the cost of affording the perfect look for your loo), do not even enter these places, or let doing so enter your head.
Instead, and this is a super simple tip than can save you time as well as money, just head direct to a tile supplier such as London Tile Shop. Not only can you shop from the comfort of your own home, but you stand to save yourself the mark up on tiles sold by a third person store by following this simple tip.
- Use a Tile Calculator
This is a tip that should have perhaps in fact gone first as it is one worth knowing about before buying or choosing tiles. Quite simply, to ensure you get the right amount of tiles, especially given that different tiles come in different sizes, rather than try do all the calculations yourself, simply refer to a tile calculator, such as the one featured on the Topps Tiles website.
Take a look at and have a play around with the calculator and you will quickly wonder how you ever survived or bought tiles without the aid of this genius little tool. What is more, it is entirely free and super simply to use.
- Buy Appropriately Sized Tiles for the Size of Your Bathroom
Bathrooms are unique rooms within the home. Hence, some of the design rules and laws that come into play when re-tiling a bathroom can seem a little unique if not downright strange too. None the less, observing these rules is likely to result in creating an awe inspiring bathroom.
The trick is to buy tiles that are appropriate for the size of the bathroom you are re-tiling. And the way to ensure you do this is to remember the rule: the bigger a bathroom the smaller the tiles. Meanwhile, the smaller a bathroom, the lager the tiles.
Using smaller tiles results in more grout lines which form their own pattern and make a space look instantly more busy. Hence, a small bathroom can all too easily begin to look cage like or be overwhelmed by the use of small tiles. Meanwhile, bigger bathrooms that make use of large tiles can all too easy look cold, stark and box-like. Hence, grout lines can add focus, texture, interest.
- Check the Suitability of a Tile Intended to be Used on a Floor Surface
Many people opt to use the same tiles to cover their bathroom floors as they do their walls. When using natural stone tiles or those which emulate natural stone (such as marble) this can create a stunning and high-end, sophisticated look. That said, in order to do so you will need to first check that your chosen tile is suitable for use as a flooring material.
Fortunately you can this by checking the PEI rating of a specific tile. As explained in more detail via the Yorkshire Tile Company website article: PEI Ratings (Porcelain Enamel Institute): ‘[a]ll glazed floor tiles are classified under a Porcelain Enamel Institute (PEI) rating for the suitability of fixing in a particular location.’
Whilst floor tiles are (generally speaking) fine to use on bathroom walls, wall tiles are not always made to be used a as floor tiles. As such, in some cases using them could result in having a tiled floor fitted that literally cracks up under the pressure.