Installing Floor Tiles In Creative Checkerboard, Bricklay And Diagonal Floor Tile Patterns

Even if you're new to the tiling scene and this is your first time installing floor tiles, don't feel limited to a basic grid of square tiles.

There are other interesting floor tile patterns where the floor tile installation is just as easy.

With a little creativity and the use of these floor patterns, you can create all sorts of beautiful and interesting floor tile designs.

You can use these floor tile patterns for ceramic, stone or just about any other type of floor tile installation you can think of. Keep in mind that the tiles are already beautifully designed for you.

Your goal for now is to decide on the pattern in which you desire to lay them.

* Estimating the Amount of floor tiles you'll need

In order to estimate how many floor tiles you'll need for your floor tile installation, simply measure your floors width and length.

Then multiply the width by the length of the room and add ten percent more to your final number.

This will give you the approximate amount of tile you will need.

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Drawing Basic Reference lines for Diagonal, Checkerboard and Border Tile Floor tile Patterns

Before you start the floor tile installation for border tiles, checkerboard, or diagonal floor tile patterns, you'll need to divide the floor into four equal quadrants.

To do this use a level square and a pencil, and make two lines on the floor that stretch from mid-wall to mid-wall.

These lines should intersect over the middle of the floor to form a "plus" sign and they also should be completely square to each

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Installing Floor Tiles In A Checkerboard Floor Tile Pattern

To achieve a checkerboard floor tile design it doesn't matter if you alternate two colors or two textures of floor tiles, as long as they're equal squares in size.

The floor tile installation for checkerboard floor tile designs is no different than installing a basic square grid tile pattern. You simply need to remember to alternate your tiles.

During the process of dry laying and installing your floor tiles, it may help if you stack your tiles in the order you will be installing them.

You should then place a stack of the prearranged tiles near each section of the floor that you'll be tiling.

This way you won't have to remind yourself each time to alternate the tiles.

To begin working on your checkerboard floor pattern you'll first need to mark and snap chalk your two basic reference lines to your floor, as shown above.

Use these instructions for installing your floor tiles.

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Installing Floor Tiles With Tile Border

Tile layouts become a little challenging with decorative tiles and border. You could simply lay these beautiful decorative items by eye.

However, the job will go more quickly and your results will be much more attractive, if you snap chalk additional layout lines on the floor.

These extra lines will remind you of where you'll be installing your border tiles.

Start with drawing your two basic reference lines. The instructions for making them are shown above.

Once you've drawn your reference or layout lines, you'll first dry-lay a sample of your floor tile installation. This way you can determine how and where you'll be laying your border tiles.

Dry-Lay your basic floor tiles. Begin at the center of the room and be sure to also install your desired size tile spacers between each of the floor tiles.

Lay out your basic floor tiles to the entire area of the floor, and Leave out the area where you will be installing border tiles.

Decide How You Want Your Floor To Look and Layout Your Border Tiles

Get a mental picture of how you want your floor tile border to look.

You may want your border tiles to butt directly against the walls.

You may even prefer to install your border tiles first and then install another border of your basic floor tiles along the edges of the room.

Once you've decided on the look you desire, dry-lay your desired floor tile designs on the floor with both your basic floor tiles and your border tiles.

Lay the tiles just the way you want them to look.

Mark your floor with a pencil, so you'll have reference lines to help you remember the tile layout for both your basic and border tiles.

Then Remove the tiles from the floor.

Install Your Basic Floor Tiles

Install your basic floor tiles to the floor, Use the Link above for installing floor tiles, but leave out the area where you'll be installing the tile border.

Install Your Decorative Tile Border

Once you've installed your basic floor tiles, begin laying the tiles for the border.

Spread out some thinset mortar. Remember to follow the layout marks that you earlier drew on the floor.

Press your border tiles into the thinset mortar and place your desired tile spacers between each of the border tiles.

Depending on the type of decorative border tiles you're using Use the recommended tile cutting tool to cut the border tiles as needed.

Allow the thin set mortar to dry completely, then remove your spacers and Grout your basic floor tiles and border tiles together.

Installing Floor Tiles In A Diagonal Floor Tile Pattern

Start your diagonal floor tile installation by making your two basic reference lines as shown above.

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Measure, Mark and Snap-chalk Your Diagonal Lines

Measure to find the midpoints of the connecting lines, by measuring 3 feet from the center point along each line, then make a mark.

Connect each of these marks, then snap chalk diagonal lines.

Start your diagonal lines at the corners of the floor and through the midpoints of the first connecting lines.

Follow the basic instructions for installing floor tiles using the link above, but Dry lay your tiles along your new diagonal reference lines, instead of the two basic reference lines you earlier made.

Arrange your diagonal layout so you'll achieve edge tiles of equal width. All Tile cuts For a diagonal floor tile installation are always made to the end tiles.

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Installing Floor Tiles In A Staggered brick Floor Tile Pattern

The staggered brick floor tile pattern is very popular for creating beautiful subway tile backsplashes and wainscots.

This staggered brick pattern is also often used for a rectangular floor tile installation.

It's actually an easier floor tile installation than that of a rigid grid of squares, because the offset lines help to hide mistakes in a slightly uneven floor tile installation.

Dry Lay Your First Row Of Floor Tiles

To arrange your staggered brick floor tile patten, you will begin installing floor tiles along the most highly visible wall of your room.

This would be the wall you see when you first enter the room.

Determine the Tiles You'll Need

Determine how many rows of tile you will need.

You can do this by laying some floor tiles to the floor.

For a staggered floor tile design half of these rows will end in half tiles, Therefore if you have 10 rows floor tiles you'll need to cut five tiles in half.

To cut the tiles in half simply mark the midpoint on each tile with a wax pencil, and cut the tile with the recommended tile cutting tool.

Snap-chalk Your Reference Lines

Snap chalk lines on the floor for each row of tiles you'll need to install.

If your tiles are 1 foot square, simply snap a chalk line for each foot of the floor.

Mix and Spread Your Thinset Mortar

Mix your thinset mortar and then spread the thinset on the floor with a trowel,

Fill your first chalk row with thinset and then comb the thinset with the notched edge of your trowel.

Lay Your Tiles

Place your first whole tile in the corner. Be sure to install your desired size spacers at each corner of your floor tiles. This also includes between the tile and the wall.

Continue laying your floor tiles down the row and into the thinset.

When you reach the end of the row lay a half tile. Then place a beater board on top of the tiles and then tap the top of the board with a rubber mallet.

Installing Floor Tiles to Your second and Third row

Spread thinset on the floor of your second row.

Lay a half tile this time at the beginning of the row, then lay a whole tile next to this.

Work your way down the row with whole floor tiles, and then start your third row with a half tile.

Continue with this same sequence until the entire floor is covered.

Be sure to tap each row of tiles down with your beater board and mallet.

Allow the thinset to dry for about 12 hours, remove your spacers and then grout your floor tiles.

Tips For Floor Tile Patterns

*When it comes to installing floor tiles, tile patterns play a dramatic role on how the size of a room is perceived.

Installing floor tiles that are Large in size tend to call attention to themselves. They can make a large room appear even larger, but if large tiles are installed in a small room they make the room appear smaller. They look best in large rooms. 

*Installing floor tiles that are Small in size tend to look lost in a large room. They look too busy. Small tiles are more appropriate for a small area.

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*Installing floor tiles in diagonal floor tile patterns work wonders for making a small area seem larger than it really is, as the diagonal floor tile pattern distracts the eye from the perimeter of the room.

Small diagonal patterns can add the look of informality, while large tiles formal or informal diagonal patterns can function as decorative accents. 

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