How to Hang Large Wall Tile

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How to Hang Large Wall Tile
Hanging heavy wall tile can be tricky. (Tiler replacing wall tile in shower cubicle image by Bryan Clark from

Installing tile on your walls is a beautiful way to dress up any room in your home. Use of stone or other materials adds a natural element to the room. Many homeowners love the look of large tiles. Large tiles for both floors and walls create a large expanse of tiles surface with fewer grout lines. Hanging large wall tiles is aesthetically pleasing but is a bit trickier for the installer. The larger tiles are heavier and tend to slip from the walls and sag. Follow some extra steps when installing this tile for the best results.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

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Things you need

  • Tape measure
  • Chalk
  • Non-sag thinset mortar
  • Trowel
  • Tile
  • Spacers
  • Tile cutter
  • Screwdriver
  • Grout
  • Grout float
  • Sponge

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    Make sure your wall is flat and sound. Use a yardstick pressed against the wall to check for any curvature. Any curves in the wall will cause the tile to slip. If your wall is slightly bowed you fix it with a patch kit. If the curve is severe, you may need to add mud--drywall compound--to the wall to create a level surface.

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    Start at the bottom to create a solid foundation for the rest of the tile. Spread thinset mortar on the wall with a trowel. According to the experts at, non-sag mortar and spacers will help prevent the tile from slipping. Non-sag mortar is sticky and more difficult to work with. Work in no larger than a 6 foot by 6 foot area at a time.

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    Press the tile firmly into the mortar. Place spacers at all four corner. Spacers will help anchor the tile and keep it in place on the wall. Press the spacer firmly into the mortar. Set all tiles on the bottom row in this same manner. Check the first row with a level. Correct any uneven areas by shifting the tile slightly.

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    Place the second row of tiles using the same method. Press firmly to adhere the tiles to the wall and prevent slipping. Place all whole tiles.

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    Cut any tiles that need to be resized with a tile cutter. Measure carefully, including the spacers in your calculations. Place the cut tiles in the mortar. Allow the mortar to dry overnight.

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    Remove the spacers with the tip of a flat head screwdriver. Spread grout across the tile with a grout float. Work the float back and forth over the tops of the tiles. Go over each tile multiple times to push the grout deep into the space and eliminate air pockets.

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    Dip a sponge in water and wipe all grout from the tops of the tiles. Rinse the sponge often. Wipe the tiles until all film is removed from the surface. Let the grout dry for 48 hours.

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