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How Do I Lay Out 18 X 18 Inch Tile In A 12 Ft X 12 Ft Room?

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Larry Patterson Profile
Larry Patterson answered
Find the center of the room in both directions.  Determine what size tile you will end up with at the edges (you want to avoid small pieces anywhere). If starting in the center will produce a small piece at the edge, shift the centerline six inches and check again.
If you start in a corner and the corner is not perfectly square, you will end up with unparallel joints throughout the room and possible small unstable slivers at the walls.  After laying out from the center and knowing which lines are square, you can start wherever you want but you can't just start from the corner without doing some survey work.
Rena Chisholm Profile
Rena Chisholm answered
I agree with freedom1st. Always start at the center of the room.
  Once you find the center, mark it with cross lines and start by placing a tile in each corner of that centerline. Lay a row of tile on the floor in each direction up to the walls in order to get an idea of the outcome before actually laying it.  You don't want one side of the room to have a full 18" tile and the other side having a shortened tile, which is what would happen if you start in a corner. This would make the room appear uneven and it just plain looks bad.
Use thinset mortar mix and a notched trowel that is at least a 1/4 inch notch. Your supply store can recommend the proper size trowel for your 18" tile.
Remember, good planning always determines a better outcome of your project.
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Rena Chisholm
Rena Chisholm commented
I used a 1/8" spacer. Love the way it looks and it has a slight texture to it, so it isn't too slippery. Don't think I would trust it if the floor was really wet though. By the way, welcome to Blurtit. It is nice to meet you. I have learned something from you. I thought all types and manufacturers of tile were standard size unless notched for spacing.
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Rena Chisholm commented
I can't remember where the tile was manufactured, but it is very thick and heavy..Too much for my arthritic wrists and hands for sure.
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Thanks--for everything. Didn't mean to turn this into a 2-person conversation. I'd bet you're from CA or HI, or you just like to stay up late! Love to chat with you some time. Bye.
Natalie Schumacher Profile
18 in. Is 1 1/2 ft.  You'll probably have 1/4 in. Of whatever adhesive you're using.  

Start in the corner of the room and work your way out.

Put the adhesive on the bottom of the tile and put the tile in the corner. (this tile is 18"x18")
put your adhesive next to it. (probably at most lay 1/4 in. Of it) then lay another tile next to it.  

I made a drawing of how the tile should look.  If you give me your email, I can send it to you b/c I can't get it to upload onto the site correctly.
Thanks.
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Anonymous answered
Stand at the room entrance as if you are a visitor. Visualize where the furniture will be and use them to help hide any irregular tiles or small gaps. There is no guarantee that the walls are at exact right angle to each other, so you should start from the side that is most visible and hope that the adjacent wall is not too far off square. If you're going to put in base board, then you'll have a little room for adjustment. If you are unsure, do a dry-run by temporarily laying a line of the tiles on the floor along the first two walls to get an idea. If you're putting down ceramic tiles, plan and make sure you don't get boxed in and can't get out! Good luck.
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Rena Chisholm commented
I don't know who came along and gave you and Natalie that bad rating. Just because some answers are different, doesn't make them wrong. I know freedom didn't do it. He's not like that.
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Oh, don't worry about it. We are here to help and learn from each other. That's the joy and reward. Say, I notice you are a plant expert as well! What else don't you know? : )

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