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If you’ve decided to remodel your bathroom, you might consider installing tiles. This can seem like a mammoth task, and as there are so many variations of tile to choose from, it’s difficult to know where to begin.

If this is a home do-it-yourself project, it’s extremely important that you plan each step of the renovation. Making sure you’re fully prepared to carry out this project, and have all the materials you’ll need can ensure that your renovation is successful.

Measuring for tile installation

If you’ve never installed tiles before, it can be a very tricky job. It may be a good idea to enlist the help of an expert if this is your first time.

You should begin by finding out how big your bathroom space is. You can do this with a little bit of carrying out the following steps:

  1. You should measure the length of the wall area you’re looking to tile
  2. You should measure the width of the wall are you’ll be tiling
  3. Finally, you should calculate the area of that wall (length x height)

Once you’ve measured your room and have identified which area you’d like to decorate, you can pick which tiles you’d like to use. As well as choosing your tile design and colour, you should work out how many tiles you’ll need for your bathroom.

You can do this by dividing the area of your chosen wall by the size of your tile.

After you’ve purchased your tiles, you can begin the installation. In most cases, you’ll need to make sure your walls are flat and even, which can involve skimming. Once your walls are prepped, you’ll need to install the tiles, whilst making sure that your pattern is straight and that all your tiles are level.

Looking for an easier way to decorate your bathroom walls?

Measuring for cladding installation

If you’re looking for an easy alternative to tiles, which still gives the same high-finish, Bathroom wall cladding is a great choice.

With wall cladding, there is no need to worry about whether your wall is flat or prepped, because cladding can be installed on a wall of any condition. Alongside the reduction in preparation time, cladding is much easier to install than tiles.

Bathroom cladding can transform a small room and give the illusion of space, all the while keeping your cleaning routine to a minimum. As cladding eliminates the need for grouting, you can avoid scrubbing away at mould on a regular basis.

So, when measuring your walls for cladding you begin the same way you would with tiles, by identifying how big your space is. Follow the same steps as before, but instead of dividing your wall area by the size of a tile to find out how many tiles you need, you just need to consult your cladding providers and buy a set of panels that gives you a little more than you need to decorate your room.

When it comes to installation, all you’ll need is your choice of panels, adhesive (which must be solvent free) and either pins, staples or screws. No skimming or levelling required.

So, there you have it, why limit your bathroom redecoration to paint and tiles? If you’re looking for a quicker option to wall decoration, which won’t break the bank, why not try wall cladding and see the difference it makes to your bathroom.