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Tiling – How Close Should The Floor & Wall Tile Be?

By · August 26, 2011 · Filed in How to Tile

Should the wall tile touch the floor? OR
Should I leave enough space for the floor tile to go under the wall tile? OR
Should they meet at each edge of the tiles?

I dont’ know the best way to do this? I’m tiling up the wall about 3.5 ft and laying a new tile floor.

It is better to have wall tiles cover the cuts on the floor tile.

Set the floor first and then the walls. Keep the wall tile to floor gap the same size as your grout joints. Caulk that joint, do NOT grout it because it will break up over time.

An alternative I use is to set ledgers on the wall all around the room one tile up and set the wall tile first. Then I do the floor and go back and do the last row of wall tile last. This way you are working off a level ledger instead of a questionable floor.

 

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It should touch the floor, then you put floor tile.
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the floor tile should touch the tile that is on the wall that touches the floor.
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I’ve installed thousands of sq. ft. of tile, and with all due respect to the first 2 answers, USE the spacers you use for separating the floor tile to lift the first course of wall tile. The floor should be installed first.

In a joint/butt of floor to a wall I always remove all cove base molding, put my cuts to the perimeters, then reinstall molding after all the grout work is complete. It sounds like you won’t have any molding and in that case I might use a Convex Bullnose at the wall/floor joint to begin the first course of wall tile above.

Dropping a wall tile to a floor tile assumes that all you’ll be able to do is use caulk to seal the seam… Not strictly a good idea,,, especially as it regards having to use water/cleaners to wash the floor.

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It is better to have wall tiles cover the cuts on the floor tile.

Set the floor first and then the walls. Keep the wall tile to floor gap the same size as your grout joints. Caulk that joint, do NOT grout it because it will break up over time.

An alternative I use is to set ledgers on the wall all around the room one tile up and set the wall tile first. Then I do the floor and go back and do the last row of wall tile last. This way you are working off a level ledger instead of a questionable floor.
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20 years building and 15 years engineering

If the tile is vinyl and not ceramic I would slide the floor tile under the wall tile. If the floor will be ceramic then the tiles on the wall should go all the way down with cove molding as the bottom course. I would also leave a small expansion gap between the two to cover temperature changes over the seasons and grout there.
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I went back and looked at the bathroom floors I tiled in my house and corrected my original answer. Those floors have been down for years and are still perfect so I have faith in my answers.

Tile the floor first so that it goes under the wall, it’s easiest, then use the same spacers that go in the wall between the first row of tiles, and the floor. it will give you an even look all the way around, and if you did your floor right and it’s perfectly level, then you’ll have an excellent start on your wall. good luck
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