Herringbone tile design on a wall

Herringbone tiling is almost without doubt the most difficult tile design to fit and when its done on a wall 8 meters long and 2.8 meters high with tiles measuring 10 cm by 30 cm it becomes a bit of a challenge to say the least 🙂 

The key to tiling it is to make sure the start is absolutely perfectly flat and then the first rows of tiles have to be fitted with exactly the same spaces, every gap between every tile has to be 3 mm because if its not then as the tile design progresses the gaps will get either bigger or smaller depending on the error, and if that's not picked up quickly the tiles will have to be taken off and start again, fortunately that didn't happen here which I guess is one of the advantages of being a tiler for so many years.

I think this wall is a bit of the hare and the tortoise story, which is my excuse for it taking me 3 days to tile. I took one day for each row of tiles i fitted, i could have tiled it quicker but the results wouldn't have been so good. But i did take a few pictures with my phone during the course of the job showing how to tile herringbone tile design and they're in the slideshow below.

And as I've said before i'm a tiler not a photographer but if you want to see the tiles for real they're at the siblings cafe in Naas Co.Kildare where I'm sure they'll sell you a coffee while you have a look 🙂

  • And so it begins