TILING AROUND CURVES – When it comes to tiling any wall, whether you are tiling a bathroom or kitchen, walls or floors, you will inevitably come across objects that are not straight and therefore requires you to cut a curve in your tiles.
Here’s some practical advice on tiling around curves…
Let’s say that you are tiling a bathroom and you want to tile around the wash basin. In all practicality it would be better if you were to turn off the water supply and remove the wash basin so that you can tile the whole wall. However, if this is not something you want to do then you can tile around curves by carefully cutting a curve in the tile to the profile of the object that you are tiling around.
Buy yourself a ‘Profile Measuring Tool’. These are readily available at any good DIY store. Place the profile tool against the object you want to tile around and push until you have the completed profile on the tool.
Place the profile on the tile and draw the shape on the tile. Note that you have to make sure that you position the profile in the exact position on the tile. You can do this by measuring the area that you want to tile and ensure you leave a gap of between 2mm to 3mm to allow for the grout.
The next step is to cut out the shape and this is best done with a power tile cutter. You should make a series of parallel cuts from the edge of the tile to the top of the line. This will then create a number of strips that can be snapped away from the profile line.
Finish the job by using a tile file to smooth off the edges and then apply adhesive to the tile and fit in place.