Step-by-Step Guide to Installing Tile on Internal Corners in Your Home

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Installing tile on an internal corner can seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. With a little patience and the right tools, you can easily tile your internal corner like a professional. Here are some steps to help you get started.

First, before you purchase and lay any tiles, it’s important to do a dry layout. This means you will arrange all of your tiles on the floor or on a tarp near the wall. Measure from the internal corner and place tiles accordingly. Make sure that you have enough tiles for the wall with 1/8 inch for the grout line.

When you’re done measuring and making your cuts, it’s time to get started on the installation. Take a chalk line and mark the perimeter of the tile that will meet the corner. If you’re using plastic trim on the corners, make sure to measure the width, halve it, and use that measurement instead.

Step-by-Step Guide to Installing Tile on Internal Corners in Your Home

You’ll want to begin in the corner, setting this tile and then continuing with any pieces around it. Use the corner tile as a guide for the other tiles and make sure to leave extra tiles in case a cut is off. Mark the cut lines with a felt tip pen and use the tile cutter to score the lines and tap the corner tile, or use a wet saw.

Step-by-Step Guide to Installing Tile on Internal Corners in Your Home

Next, check with the manufacturer for the thin set instruction depending on the type of tile you are using and apply thin set to the wall as directed. Make sure to trowl the thin set well to allow space for the tile to settle.

When you’re ready for the grout, start by cleaning the area and then let the thin set dry for several days. Once dry, apply the grout, making sure that it goes up to the internal corner. Make sure you check with your level as you go in case adjustmentsneed to be made.

Step-by-Step Guide to Installing Tile on Internal Corners in Your Home

If you’re using plastic trim on the corner, make sure that the tile edges fit underneath the trim with a 1/10-inch gap for expansion. If not, use spacers between your tiles to help ensure even gaps.

Once you’re done, remove the spacers and clean up any excess grout and thinset. Step back and admire your handiwork. You should have clean corners and a beautiful tiled surface with your effort and a little know-how.

  • December 13, 2022