Should tile be cut for better layout or not (diagrams included)

jaidogApril 10, 2012

I am using 12" x 24" tile which will be stacked. One of the walls being tiled is 66" long. The left side of this wall is at a corner, the right side continues into the bathroom.

If I go with the first layout shown, the tiles appear more symmetrical, but extra cuts will be required, and I'm not sure how the cut-side of the tile will look since it will either be exposed or meet up with another tile.

If I go with the second layout, the tiles will not look as symmetrical, but only the tiles on the left will need to be cut, and the cut side can be buried in the corner.

Which option is better?

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I am having trouble visualizing where the wall to the right goes- does it end? How does it continue into the bathroom? You can cut both right and left tiles and turn the cut edge toward the center tile. You can get a file and make the edge smooth, but it takes a bit of practice. If you are using a tile saw you should not have any trouble making good cuts.

    Bookmark   April 11, 2012 at 1:44AM
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The wall to the right continues into the bathroom, the tile ends where the shower ends. My plan is that the edge of the tile at this location will be exposed (no Schluter trim, etc).

    Bookmark   April 11, 2012 at 10:05AM
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I read somewhere that cut edges should always be "buried" in a corner. Is this incorrect?

    Bookmark   April 11, 2012 at 10:08AM
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We used 12 x 24 tile in our master shower and stacked it as shown in your first option. The shower is about 4 feet by 5 feet. However, we used Schluter trim on the side that continued into the room.

    Bookmark   April 11, 2012 at 7:35PM
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It depends on the tile and how good the cut and sand is. If you can tell it has been cut, it should be buried.

    Bookmark   April 12, 2012 at 12:03AM
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