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go4it2

10:17AM | 07/17/05
Member Since: 07/16/05
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Is it ever acceptable to break the "start from the middle and work outward" rule in tile placement? When I do so, I am left with 2.125" strips on either end. I have two doors to the weather on each end of the room and I would prefer to have as much of a whole tile as possible, especially abutting the door leading to my deck which will be used most often. I am afraid that the small pieces will break over time. Also, there is an unavoidable 1/16" rise on the floor at each threshold due to the way that the doors were installed which will add to the breakage worry. (The tiles are 13" X 13".)

Tileguybob

11:27AM | 07/17/05
Member Since: 07/03/05
283 lifetime posts
Yes, you can deviate from the usual. In your case it may be a pretty easy as you could have the tile straddle the line rather than butt up to it. So instead of a 2" piece at each end you would have about an 8.5" piece at each end.

go4it2

12:20PM | 07/17/05
Member Since: 07/16/05
7 lifetime posts
Thanks for your speedy reply, but I don't quite understand what line I shoud straddle and how I would have 8.5" on each end. (It's hard without a diagram.) If I start in the center of the room doing a horizontal dry layout, equally spacing the tiles in both directions with a 3/16 spacer between each tile, I wind up with 2 1/8" inches left of bare floor on each end to cover with a piece of tile. (The room is 163" wide. The tiles are 13" X 13" each.) Instead of having these small strips that will be a pain to cut and be subject to cracking at the doors my thought was to start at one end with a full tile butting up against the threshold and going across the room as usual, winding up with approx. a 5" cut tile on the other end. (Much better than 2 1/8".) This goes against the rule that the end tiles should be the same size. Does it really matter if I do it that way?

Tileguybob

01:33PM | 07/17/05
Member Since: 07/03/05
283 lifetime posts
As you stated, if you start from the middle and work outward you are left with a 2" piece at each end. So instead of starting on that middle mark move it over 1/2 of a tile. Thus you would have the equivalent of a half piece and the original end cut.

Or you can start with a full at one wall, assuming the wall is straight and work to the opposite wall like you said. Depends on the eye appeal. I do it that way most of the time. There is no absolute right way, a lot has to do with the visual perspective and whether balance is essential. I personally find it to be more important on a wall where there is no furniture to take up space and block your view of the tile.

go4it2

03:03PM | 07/17/05
Member Since: 07/16/05
7 lifetime posts
Gotcha!! What a great idea!! Never thought of it. You actually dictate what dimension the end pieces will be by adjusting it in the center. I was so stuck on the center line being where you had to start that I had no idea what you were saying. Thanks soooo much! I can sleep tonight. Have a great evening.


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