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moodwaffle 01-29-2009 06:16 PM

Devil in the Details: Molding, Stairs, and Tile to Carpet
Been all over the internet and have not found the answer to the questions below. I am tiling my bathroom. (I'm lacking all the tiling terms, so please excuse).

1. When I take out the molding around the edges of the floor, will I lay tile flush with the wall, and replace the molding? The tile will be a little higher than the linoleum-- so the molding if place on top of the tile would be higher... which then messes up all the molding. I worry about the molding around the door frame being fractions of an inch off as well.

2. A large walk-in closet opens up below the double sink-- two steps down. The tiling will stop abruptly at these two steps. What do I do to edge them? How to tile the top portion of the floor, which then goes into two carpeted steps?

3. My bathroom has a closed off section with a door for toilet and bath. The bedroom is carpeted, and opens up into a currently linoleum covered double sink area. Going from carpet to tile... what makes the transition? What holds the carpet down?


drtbk4ever 01-29-2009 09:30 PM

Photos would really help the guys see the issues you talk about.

angus242 01-29-2009 10:39 PM

1. Yes, remove baseboards, tile and replace. For the doors, you have to cut the bottom:

2. You can use a profile edge designed to fit under the tile and then hang over the edge:

3. Carpet transition strip. It gets nailed down on the carpet side. It has small barbs that the carpet gets tacked to. Tile edge covers the lip of the tile:

Of course, there are variations of each suggestion. All are very common and a flooring store should be able to help you with each.

moodwaffle 01-31-2009 12:01 PM

thanks for the reply! Got the answers I need to go forward.

turtles86 04-04-2011 02:23 PM

follow up question
I have a similiar followup question that perhaps someone could answer.

I am going to tile a kitchen & hallway that has the cellar door off of it. We have replaced the stairs down to the basement with stained wood treads up to but not including the top landing which overhangs like a stair tread, but is really part of the hallway floor.

How do I handle the tile there? If I bring the tile under the cellar door to the edge of the overhang like the current carpet does, we will see the tile and subfloor edges. I would prefer not to use the profile edge listed below if I don't have to. Any suggestions?

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