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mnp13 12-08-2012 02:15 PM

18 inch tile for shower floor
I just purchased 18 inch tiles for our bathroom, and plan to have a fully tiled shower. What I'm stuck on is how to work the shower pan slope with the size of the tiles. The pre-made shower pans have 'seams' where the different slopes intersect. With the size of the tiles (18 inches) and the width of the shower (36 inches) I will only need two tiles for the width of the shower, so the slope will basically be negated. Or do I cut the tiles so that they fit the shape of the slope?

And I know I'm not the best with terminology, but bear with me. :)


Mark Harvey 12-08-2012 02:40 PM

I would suggest going to your supplier to see if they also carry matching tiles in a smaller size. The slope should be gentle and if you only use two tiles, it will probably be like a "V" where the drain is. smaller tiles, even 1" accent tiles, may assist with your issue.

mnp13 12-08-2012 03:12 PM

Got them at auction, not from a supplier.

joecaption 12-08-2012 03:31 PM

Way to big for what your trying to use them for.

firehawkmph 12-08-2012 10:23 PM

Take a tile with you to a tile shop and get some small tile for just the floor and maybe some accents in the walls. You should be able to find something that is either close in color and texture, or contrasting. Find a legit tile store, not the big box stores.
Mike Hawkins:)

JazMan 12-09-2012 12:38 PM


If you wanna do a traditional shower floor, you should get tiles that are about 3" or smaller. You can go large with a linear drain system because it has only one slope and the floor is therefore flat. But you may have to move the drain and the drain is much more $$$.

mnp13 12-09-2012 07:24 PM

oooooooooooo I LOVE that!!!

I actually did think about that at first but then dismissed it for some reason. No idea why...

But I think I'll go back to it now! I am starting from scratch with this bathroom for all intensive purposes, because I'm removing the tub, putting a shower in a different place than the tub was, moving the sink and moving the toilet...

Back to the drawing board, with a far more logical solution to the whole problem. Thanks!!

JazMan 12-09-2012 07:51 PM

Those drains are becoming very popular. Main reason is to be able to use large tiles and flat floors, especially in ADA shower rooms.

And BTW; It's not "intensive", it's "intents and purposes". Sorry, couldn't help it. :thumbsup:


mnp13 12-09-2012 07:55 PM


I'm not sure I ever knew that... and spell check doesn't catch it! When I say it in my head, that's exactly how it sounds!


JazMan 12-09-2012 08:02 PM

I think 90% of the people get it wrong. I'm glad you are now in the top 10%. :laughing: DIY tile and grammar.


mnp13 12-09-2012 08:14 PM

Oh, and look what I found!

JazMan 12-09-2012 08:47 PM

Very interesting Michelle,

That guy is in my area, wonder what the drains are like. How do they compare to others? I checked the phone number and found it associated with several types of businesses.


NewHomeDIYGuy 12-14-2012 10:10 AM

Those drain openings that are tiny w/ practically just a slit are real sleek, but how practical are they? The ones with a grate make sense as you can remove the grate I'd imagine to access the drain if need be, but how the heck would you fix/clean out the drain if it gets clogged and all you have is a slit?

mnp13 12-14-2012 10:20 AM

You can put an access panel in the tile over the actual drain hole. Basically, you cut a port in the tile, then a piece to match the size of the hole. I'm also going to make an access to the p trap itself through the closet next to the bathroom. I'm neurotic about drains after the disaster this spring.

JazMan 12-14-2012 04:57 PM


Originally Posted by NewHomeGuy
Those drain openings that are tiny w/ practically just a slit are real sleek, but how practical are they?

They all have removable grates as far as I know. You can't make 'em out of just one piece.


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