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Whatever the type of laying, the laying plan is the preliminary step that determines the final success. Prepared on site or in situ, it will determine the location of your original tile.

Tiling: how to develop the laying plan

The main tiled floor compositions

Right offset, diagonally offset installation, chevron installation, offset installation with cabochon, cabochon installation: find above the main compositions for tiled floors. Here's how to develop them:

  • The installation starts along two perpendicular axes. The original tile is placed at their intersection.
  • In a room with complex shapes, draw with the chalk line the two perpendiculars, from the entrance door and the window.
  • For a diagonal pose, determine the center of the piece by drawing the diagonals.
  • From the base tile thus defined and lay dry a row of tiles. According to the fall obtained at the edge, push back the starting line.
  • Carry out the same operation in the other directions until you get more or less half a tile around the room for a straight installation, and a cut on the diagonal of the tile along the least visible wall, for the installation in diagonal.

Arrangements and cut-outs of tiles for a rectangular room

Arrangements and cut-outs of tiles for a rectangular room

straight cut

The objective is to obtain on the periphery of the piece a cut corresponding to more or less a half-square.

Tiling: how to develop the laying plan: develop

Diagonal cut

In this case, it is arranged to have more or less a half-square periphery cut at 45° on the diagonal.

Tiling: how to develop the laying plan: plan

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Arrangements and cut-outs of tiles for an irregular piece

Arrangements and cut-outs of tiles for an irregular piece

straight cut

The ideal is to get a half-square on the periphery. Irregular cuts are made on the less visible walls.

Tiling: how to develop the laying plan: offset

Diagonal cut

The best is to obtain a 45° cut along a wall, or two, on the most discrete part of the room.

Layout tip

The layout is the drawing made from the plane of the room to visualize and arrange the future elements; here the pattern and the number of tiles of the new tiles.
Use a layer sheet to make your layout. This simple method allows you to simulate the pose mode, the layout of the patterns and the precise location of the cuts. The goal: to provide aesthetic cuts of tiles on the edges and to ensure that the less regular ones are made on the less visible wall.

Tiling: how to develop the laying plan: offset

Make a plan of the room on a smaller scale (1 / 100th or 1 / 50th), not to mention the doors and windows.

Tiling: how to develop the laying plan: plan

With a gray pencil, draw your tiling on a sheet of tracing keeping the same scale.

Tiling: how to develop the laying plan: plan

Overlay the two drawings and move them together to determine the best layout.

Tiling: how to develop the laying plan: laying

Once you have made the choice, fix the layer with adhesive and refer to the plan of the piece to be tiled.


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