Once you use a batten board, You'll want to use it every time you'll be tiling a wall, because it makes tiling a wall a breeze.
It works somewhat like a thin shelf that you can sit your tiles on up
close against the wall, giving you the most accurate model of how your
tiles will look when you permanently place them.
When tiling a floor or installing kitchen countertop tile, To plan your tile installation you just measure and mark out your tile reference lines to your tile underlayment. Then you can dry-lay your floor, or countertop tiles close up against the lines.
But when it comes to tiling a wall, it's a bit different due to mother nature's rules for gravity. You just cannot dry lay tile on a wall and expect them to stay there. They'll fall.
You'll need something to hold your tiles to the wall while you mark out your wall tile plan. And if you're using a large thick stone wall tile you can use it again to hold the bottom row of tiles in place while the thinset sets. And this is where a batten comes in.
So What Is A Batten Board?
A batten board is a 1x2 inch wood board. When you use it for tiling a wall, you simply screw it to the wall. The length of the board depends on the width of the walls you'll be tiling.
Depending on the size of your tiles, the 1x2 batten may or may not work. If your wall tiles are too big and won't stay up on this size batten, you can use a thicker board.
A batten is especially handy When tiling a wall. It can work as a guide to mark your tile locations to walls.
You temporarily attach it to your wall. It works somewhat like a thin shelf that you can sit your tiles on up close against the wall, giving you the most accurate model of how your tiles will look when you permanently place them.
A Batten is a must have when it comes to tiling a kitchen counter top. You temporarily fasten it to the countertop tile underlayment, Butt your Countertop tiles up against it and use it as a guide to keep your kitchen counter tile straight.
For kitchen backsplash tile and tile murals that run all the way to the wall behind your range, a batten is invaluable. There's usually an area where your countertop ends, then there's a space for your range, and then your countertop continues again.
When installing kitchen backsplash tiles or perhaps a decorative tile mural, Once you run out of countertop you'll need something to hold your kitchen backsplash tiles in place.
A batten can be temporarily screwed into this space allowing you to continue laying your kitchen backsplash tiles level to your countertop all way to the wall where the range fits.
When tiling a floor, you can temporarily install a batten to the floor and butt your floor tiles up against it to keep them straight. You can use it as a guide to ensure that your tiles are positioned correctly against your grid lines.
A Batten can help in giving your floor tile installation a neat, professional looking appearance.