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How to plan wall tiling

What you’ll need…

All tools needed for wall tiling are available from Thompson & Parkes.

Tape measure

Pencil and chalk

Spirit level

Pipe, cable and stud detector

Claw hammer

Three soft wood battens – to make a tiling gauge rod, allowing you to work out positioning of rows and tile sizes, it is recommended to use a 50mm x 25mm wooden batten.

Wall tiles

Wall tile spacers

50mm masonry nails

PVA-based tiling adhesive


Safety gloves (for removing tiles that may have broken)


Successful tiling relies on planning, partnered with acquiring all the correct tools you’ll need from Thompson & Parkes.

Step 1 – Wall surfaces

To prepare your wall, there are three easy steps you will need to follow. Firstly, make sure the surface being used is flat, dry and clean. Secondly, you’ll need to fill any holes. Once dry, prime porous surfaces with a PVA-based adhesive.

Top tip: If tiling in a damp environment, such as a bathroom, it is essential to tile on an already water resistant background, like tile backer boards.

Step 2 – Calculating tile quantities

As the number of tiles in a pack can vary, it is crucial to know the area it will cover in square metres. You’ll then need to measure the height and width of the area to be tiled and multiply to obtain in square metres. If you’re unsure how to calculate tile quantities, give us a call at Thompson & Parkes or ask when buy the tools you’ll need in store.

Top tip: Add an extra 10% to allow room for cuts and breakages.

Remember to pop into one of our Thompson & Parkes store for equipment needed for tiling!

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