How to cut curves in ceramic floor tile

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How to cut curves in ceramic floor tile
Floor tiles may need to curve around a toilet base. (disables bathroom image by Wolszczak from

At times, you may wish to cut a curve into a ceramic floor tile. You may be tiling around a toilet stack or a curved kitchen island. You may also be inlaying another tile to form a decorative design. Regardless of the reason, getting a clean curve can make the difference in how your floor turns out. Cutting curves is different from straight cuts, since multiple small cuts will be made within the larger curve.

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Things you need

  • Pencil
  • Tile wet saw
  • Tile nippers

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  1. 1

    Trace the line of the curve onto the ceramic tile with a pencil. The line must be clearly visible where you wish the curve to go.

  2. 2

    Cut the bulk out of the curve with the wet saw by making two intersecting cuts in a V shape. This will remove the majority of the tile and make the curve easier to manage.

  3. 3

    Draw several pencil marks on the tile, beginning at the curve and moving in straight lines out to the edges of the tile as if they were piano keys. Keep the lines approximately 1 inch apart.

  4. 4

    Cut each pencil line as if you were creating teeth on a comb in the tile, using the wet tile saw. Keep each line straight from the edge of the tile to the pencil curve.

  5. 5

    Cut each one of the teeth out of the curve, using tile nippers. Get as close to the pencil line as possible without going through it to the other side.

  6. 6

    Hold the tile to the side of the wet saw blade and use the blade to grind down the jagged edges of the curve. Move the tile back and forth on the blade with small motions until the curve is ground down to the original pencil mark and no jagged edges remain.

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