How to Install Tile Around Door Jambs

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How to Install Tile Around Door Jambs
Installing tile around door jambs can be tricky. (Marmor Floor image by Sundaysdinner from

When you're looking for flooring to install around a door jamb, tile is a beautiful and durable option. It is, however, slightly tricky to tile door jambs because of the cuts required. Door jambs have different measurements and the cuts may not be exactly straight or square, which makes measurements difficult to take. When you're ready to complete your tile installation by installing tile around door jambs, the best way to make accurate cuts the first time is to create a template to help you make the necessary cuts.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

Things you need

  • Waxed paper
  • Scissors
  • Marking pencil
  • Masonry saw
  • Mortar
  • Trowel
  • Spacers
  • Grout
  • Damp sponge

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    Create a template to cut your tile around door jambs. Begin with a piece of waxed paper the same size as your tile, then cut it down to size until it fits perfectly around your door frame. Make sure the lines around your door frame are flush and that the other side of the waxed paper lines up with the grout lines on your tile floor.

  2. 2

    Trace the outline of your template onto your tile and use a masonry saw to make the cuts.

  3. 3

    Lay the tile on the floor in the position where you will install it to make sure it fits properly. If adjustments are needed, make them now. Proceed when the tile fits perfectly around your door jamb.

  4. 4

    Apply a thin layer of mortar across your door frame using the flat side of your trowel. Turn the trowel over to the ridged side and run that through the mortar to create a ridged pattern.

  5. 5

    Lay the tile down in the door frame so it sits flush against your door jamb. Add a spacer to the edge of the tile, and then install the adjacent tiles. Finish applying tiles to your floor and let them sit for 24 hours.

  6. 6

    Wipe grout between all of your tiles, including the tiles installed near your door jamb. Work the grout in between each tile, and then wipe up the excess grout with a damp sponge before it dries. Wait 24 hours for the grout to dry before you walk on your tiles.

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