Tight Spaces and Uneven Places: Top Tips for Cutting and Installing Tile

A tiled finish always looks good and it is useful too as it provides protection from splashes and spills around the home, especially in your bathroom and kitchen.

Cutting tiles and installing them in tricky spaces might seem a bit of a challenge at first sight, but if you know how to tackle the job properly, there is no reason why you can’t achieve a professional finish.

Here is a look at how to cut and install tiles, from working on your technique to a list of what tools you need. Plus some insights on how to successfully tile a floor including tips on preparing the surface.

Be patient

It is fair to say that when it comes to cutting ceramic tile, you do need to possess a bit of skill but more importantly, you need to display an element of patience too.

If you try to rush the job and don’t prepare for the cut properly it is less likely to turn out well and you might even end up damaging the tile. Think about practicing your cutting technique on a few spare tiles before you do it for real so that you don’t end up making an expensive mistake when it really matters.

What you need


You will need a variety of different tools to be able to tackle a tile cutting task with aplomb.


You should have a tile nipper in your toolkit or a rod saw with a carbide blade would be a viable alternative. A snap cutter is essential as it will make it much easier to cut the sort of thin tiles that you would normally use to cover walls.

You will need a power drill, and you might want to check here for details on glass drill bits so that you can drill through tiles without risking damage to them.

Don’t forget your felt-tip or china marker to mark out where you need to cut and a tape measure for double-checking all the measurements before you start to cut and drill.

Add style to your bathroom

Tiling a floor is a very worthwhile DIY project as it can add style, not to mention value, to your home when you manage to achieve a professional finish.

You don’t need to panic unduly about meeting that high standard, provided you prepare properly for the job there is no reason to doubt that you can come up with a stylish and attractive tiled floor.

Tools and materials you will need

Make sure you have a spirit level, a trowel, some protective goggles and a carpenter’s square, along with good quality grout and tile adhesive to be able to hold the tiles in place and achieve a nice finish.

Preparing for the installation

The subfloor needs to be properly prepared before you attempt to lay any tiles, so it needs to be free of any debris and ready for an application of a thin set mortar.

Spread the mortar with the thin side of your trowel, working on areas that are about 3 feet squared at a time. Then comb the mortar in one chosen straight direction, as this will make sure you achieve a uniform application and will ensure that the tile gets maximum all round adhesion to the surface.

Follow some online tutorials if you need some extra visual guidance, but as long as you prepare and have all the right tools for the job, there is every chance that you will get a finish to be proud of.

Emily Jennings is renovating her home one room at a time. A learning experience for sure, but Emily is thrilled with the outcome and all the new skills she is learning on this journey of creating her own dream home.

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