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Old 09-28-2017, 09:40 PM   #1
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Direction to run tile that looks like wood


Im laying tile in my bathroom. The bathroom is 9 feet long by 8 feet wide. The fixtures are all along the 9 feet of length.

The open width varies from 44" to 32". See attached diagram.

The tile is 12" x 24". Ideally tile that looks like wood should be run lengthwise. So that the grain lines up. See pic.

- But-

I'm trying to make the room look wider - and running tile width wise helps with that.

I'm not sure which way to run the tile.

Opinions , advice.








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Old 09-29-2017, 03:17 AM   #2
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If the tile is going to be noticeable, and I have ceramic tile that looks like wood in my bathroom that everyone notices and comments on, then you should stick with the convention and run it lengthwise instead of across. The reason is that it will stop your eye from following it the length of the room while not really leading your eye side to side to make the room look wider. In other words it will look like speed bumps in the road and subconsciously it will be perceived as a barrier.
This isn't an absolute rule however, so you should dry lay a few pieces down in both orientations before you get started to see for yourself which would look best. Sometimes the color, tone, and pattern of the material can have more of an impact than the orientation.
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Parallel to the long walls
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I'll run them both ways and evaluate.

How long after I set the tile with thinset can I step on the tile?

How long after I set can I move my tile saw on top of the set tiles?

Cutting inside and the only option is to keep it in the bathroom.


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in a space that small, diagonally might look cool
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in a space that small, diagonally might look cool


Way beyond my pay grade.

Out of interest what do you use to measure inside angles on the floor?
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Way beyond my pay grade.

Out of interest what do you use to measure inside angles on the floor?

i HAVE FOUND THIS TO WORK REALLY WELL...

http://www.homedepot.com/p/General-T...FQbgZAodUKMFsw
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I usually do a dry layout until I find what I like, including where to put the cut ends and how much to cut.
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best advice.. do what stick said below... do a dry layout of different patterns and pick what you like.. thats all that matters...

With 12x24 also consider the pattern.. not just the direction. Many tile manufacturers suggest that you do a 1/3 type overlap.. vs. half..
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Thanks for the advice. Ran it lengthwise.




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lloooks awesome!
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Looks great! Lengthwise was the way to go. Plus if your walls, an vanity, are the right color it will make the room look larger.
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What do you guys use to get rid of excess mortar / grout? Iíve been scrubbing it off with a damp scrub sponge, and hot water and paint scraper. Thereís still residue after many passes.

Iím considering using this tomorrow.






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Save your $20 and buy a gallon of vinegar instead mix with water 25% v to 75% h2o
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Save your $20 and buy a gallon of vinegar instead mix with water 25% v to 75% h2o


Really? That would be great! Iíll give it a shot. Vinegar wonít mess up the tile color?




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