How to tile around a bathroom sink

Updated March 23, 2017

Tiling your bathroom can be an exciting task. Though it might seem intimidating, it requires very little prior carpentry or construction experience. One of the trickiest aspects of the job is fitting the tiles around walls, tub surrounds, toilets and bathroom sinks. By the time you're finished, your bathroom will have a fresh, unique new aesthetic.

Inspect the subfloor where the tiles will be installed on. The subfloor should be clean, dry, sound and flat.

Dry fit the tiles around the bathroom sink. Note how the tiles are going to fit around it. Draw the spaces on the tiles that needs to be cut out, with a pencil. For small cuts, you can simply use tile nippers to remove excess from the tile.

Saw the tiles to the specifications. Wear protective glasses and gloves while sawing.

Apply the adhesive to the subfloor. Set the tiles down on the adhesive. Use tile spaces between the tiles to maintain the same space between them. Commonly, floors are set with a hand-mixed thinset mortar. The adhesive is applied with a trowel directly to the subfloor and is combed over the floor with the trowel. Once the tiles are put down, remove any excess adhesive with a towel or rag.

Press the grout between the edges of the tiles on the floor. The grout, which should have the consistency of a thick paste, will bridge the gaps between the tiles. Pack the grout deep into the joints between the tiles.

Wipe away the excess grout with a towel or a rag. Allow the grout and tiles to firm for at least forty minutes.

Things You'll Need

  • Grout
  • Tiles
  • Trowel
  • Electric saw
  • Towel / rag
  • Thinset mortar


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John Yargo is a sports writer, living in Orlando, Fla. His work regularly appears in the "Jackson Free Press," and he has published articles on theater, fiction and art history. He has also received a master's degree in English.