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May 18

Stockett Staff

Tile Remodels for Small Spaces

by Stockett Staff

Tile small bathrooms, laundry rooms, closets and more!

Remodeling any room is difficult. You have to decide exactly what you want to do, map out the plan in your head, and, if necessary, contact a professional to help put everything together. Things get even more challenging when you’re remodeling a small space. Less space means that every decision matters more.

So, how should you go about completing a stellar small space tile installation?

1. Measuring the Space

Taking proper measurements is important in a small space because one little mistake can ruin your entire design. There’s little room for error since smaller spaces tend to have relatively odd shapes compared to larger ones in standard remodeling projects.

To measure, first get the width and length of the area for which you’re putting down tile. Multiply the width by the length to get the total surface area (also known as square footage). You’ll want to have on hand 15% to 20% extra tiling material in case of mistakes. The more complicated the room shape (i.e. the more corners), the more material you’ll want to order.

Why so much material? For one, you don’t want to get stuck on a project after using up your supplies and discovering the store is out of your selected tile. You also have to cut tile into strange shapes to cover every part of the floor. And, in general, people tend to make more errors in smaller spaces.

2. Choosing the Tile

Now that the measurements are done, you’ll want to choose the tile itself. Select colors and patterns that are similar in hue and size to your project’s design plans so that the tile doesn’t stand out too much. Smaller-sized tiles are often recommended as larger tiles can make the room seem smaller than it actually is. Only use larger tiles if the room is large enough to accommodate them.

Lighter colors can make the space feel larger and more open. For floor tiles, avoid complicated or bold patterns—they won’t really have a chance to shine in such a small space and may overwhelm the eye (for wall tiles you can get a little fancier). When in doubt, try to get a second pair of eyes on your tile choices to make sure they’re not gaudy.

3. Installation

Since you’re tiling such a small room, make sure to lay tile in such a way that you don’t accidentally trap yourself in the space. Start in the corner farthest away from the entry point and work toward it, applying mastic, tile and grout row by row. If you start from the entry and work forward, you may get trapped in the corner or end up stepping on freshly laid tile.

Have any questions about tile remodels in small spaces? Let us know in the comments below!

Small room tile remodels can be tough. If you want to get a professional’s opinion, Stockett Tile and Granite is here to help! We serve the Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona areas. Give us a call at 480-443-1988, or get in touch through our online contact form to schedule a commercial tile consultation. You can also visit our tile showroom in Phoenix, Monday-Friday from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm.

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