6" wall tile: Stacked or Running bond ??

napagirlSeptember 26, 2012

Having never done a lot of wall tiling, DH is thinking a running bond pattern might be easier and more forgiving than a stacked pattern. We're using 6" almond tile from Daltile for the tub surround and wainscote.

We don't have strong feelings either way, we just want to do whats easiest at this point (its a 50's rental), so we can get back to our own remodel.

Is one more difficult than the other?

Thanks in advance for your help.

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I like the running bond and DO find it a bit more "rorgiving."

Center the back wall and then use any corner cuts to "wrap" the side walls....at least that's how I do it.

    Bookmark   September 27, 2012 at 12:47AM
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StoneTech: Thanks for confirming what DH suspected....that the running bond is easier to line up than stacked tile. DH already had the first course centered on the back wall of the tub surround when I arrived yesterday.

Your suggestion to "use any corner cuts to 'wrap' the side walls" is, no doubt the preferred way to lay it out. But I calculated that 17 full tile, with grout, will finish off the side wall and wainscote to the end of the wall, without needing any cut tile at the end.... that's if my calculations are correct! :-)

    Bookmark   September 27, 2012 at 5:01AM
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That's one row. The next row will have half tiles, then.

    Bookmark   September 27, 2012 at 9:03AM
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Catbuilder: That's right....the first course on the side wall will start and end with a full tile....the second course will start and end with half a tile.

    Bookmark   September 27, 2012 at 7:10PM
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