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How to build a tiled shower base

How to build a tiled shower base
A successful project depends on skill and the real ability to understand and interpret a design. A shower tray with tiles is a stylish and functional centrepiece for any bathroom.

Step by step guide to installing a shower tray

Assess the space and take accurate measurements

The first step in this journey of transformation is to accurately measure the space. This is crucial, as it will establish the scope of the project, influence the choice of materials and the layout of the shower tray.

Choosing the right materials

Your vision begins to take shape once the materials have been chosen. Choosing the ceramic floor tiles is not just a question of style, but a commitment to durability and uniqueness.
At this stage, the quality of the materials and tools is key to guarantee a surprising and long-lasting outcome.

Before laying the tiles

Before laying the tiles, carefully prepare the floor. Make sure the surface is clean, dry and level before installing the shower tray.

When laying tiles

First spread the adhesive with a notched part of the trowel on the surface for laying the first row of tiles.
Then press the first tile firmly against the surface with the adhesive, working from the corner of the two lining boards towards the centre.
Use a rubber mallet to gently lay the tile and ensure a solid grip.
It is important to use spacers to leave space for a uniform joint.
After laying the first row, check that the tiles are aligned and level. If any of them are misaligned, use a rubber mallet to softly tap the tile into place.
Repeat the process row by row and remove the spacers before the adhesive dries, within approximately 24 hours.

Cut and finish

Cut and adjust any tiles that are uneven to ensure that tiles are properly aligned leaving no gaps.
Create visual harmony by strategically placing cut ends where they stand out the least, such as at the bottom of walls or in less visible corners. By the washbasins or windows, symmetrical balance with whole tiles on both sides enhances the aesthetics of the finish.
Using the right tools, such as ceramic saws, is essential for precision cutting.
Cutting by a professional is key, not only because of the skill required to use the tools, but also for guaranteeing that cutting in odd shapes and angles around pipes, baths or door frames does not become an aesthetic nightmare.

Touch-ups and finishes

Grouting and applying profiles

Spread grout onto the tile and scrape it into joints using a squeegee.
Clean the floor gently with a damp sponge and remove stains. Choose hydrophobic grout for high performance joint sealing.
For a professional tile finish, consider using a tile trim. Start by measuring and cutting the tile trims to size.
Spread the adhesive and push the trim into the adhesive; finally press down on the trim to fit it snugly against the top of the tiles. Allow to dry completely for the best adhesion.


Finally, do not forget to clean the bathroom tiles as you go along. The shower tray stands out as the centrepiece of your bathroom against the stunning shiny laid tiles.
Installing a tiled shower tray is much more than just a renovation project; it is an expression of art and an investment that adds value at several levels.
This guide will help you both to install a functional piece in your bathroom, and create a refuge with a harmonious environment, a testimony to the perfect symbiosis between design and functionality.

Published by Revigrés

April 11, 2024


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