Home improvement tips: HOW TO CREATE AN INLAID TILE RUG

  • Price Range

    $100 – $250

  • Difficulty

    Easy to Moderate


  • thin-set mortar
  • grout
  • sponges
  • ceramic tiles
  • cement backer board


  • tile saw
  • notched trowel
  • bucket
  • knee pads
  • 1/8″ tile spacers
  • grout float
  • level
  • chalk line

Step 1: Lay Out the Tile

On a big work surface, lay out the pattern of the rug to get precise estimations and design. To anticipate color varieties, stir up tile from different boxes before beginning. Utilize a pencil to number every tile or stack the tile in place so you can effortlessly exchange the design to the floor without losing track of the pattern.

To make a 4′ x 6′ rug, we utilized 7″ x 12-½” tiles, bordered with 2″ x 2″ tile and a 1/8″ free space between the tiles. Check with the tile producer to see what size spacers they suggest for your tile.


Step 2: Install the Proper Sub floor

If you’re working in a bathroom, it is best to lay cement backboard on top of the subfloor or lay down some type of waterproof membrane.

Step 3: Lay the Pattern Down on the Floor

Utilize a snap line to measure and mark the floor for the definite layout in the room, but you should remember to keep space between every tile for grout. Lay out some of the tile surrounding the rug to anticipate any cuts or make modification.


Step 4: Set Tile

Work in little areas, beginning with border; utilize a notched trowel to apply thinset to the floor. Lay the tiles in the right place. Plan your installation so you won’t need to venture on or bother any of the tiles as you continue. Use tile spacers to keep the tiles even and in place. Do one line at a time from top to bottom.

Utilize a level to guarantee that the tile edges are straightened and the tiles are level over their surface. A rubber mallet or hammer and wood block might be utilized to gently but firmly tap every tile into place. Don’t press or shift the tiles around to abstain from having the thinset crush up into the grout lines between the tiles. In the event that a tile breaks when tapped, remove the pieces and “butter” the backside of the supplanting tile with a little amount of thinset before setting it in place.

Let the tile set for 24 prior hours before strolling on them and grouting.

Step 5: Grout Between the Tiles

Provided that your tile is permeable or unsealed, the tile maker might prescribe you to apply a sealer to the tile before you grout. Grout can stain or stick tightly to porous or unsealed tile.


Blend the grout to fitting consistency. Remove the tile spacers and begin including grout in the farthest corner from the way to abstain from the door to avoid walking on finished grout that is still wet. Working in segments,apply grout generously with an elastic float. As you work, clean excess grout off the tile confronts with a coarse fabric or damp sponge, however be mindful so as not to wet the grout, which will debilitate it. Wipe corner wise over the joints to abstain from pulling the still-new grout out of the grooves.


After the grout has dried completely, utilize a release agent to clean grout dimness from the substance of the tiles, then apply a grout sealer as per the product directions.






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