How to tile around a toilet

When it comes to tiling a bathroom floor, you’re almost guaranteed to encounter obstacles - such as the toilet pedestal. To stay in keeping with the rest of the floor, the tiles for this area need to be accurately cut from a paper template and fitted snugly. Simply watch this video to find out exactly what you need to do. And don’t forget: you can apply the same method when tiling round handbasin pedestals.

Preparation & Planning

Leave this part of the tiling until last, and make sure you leave more than half a tile’s distance from the toilet or handbasin pedestal to the next full tile. The floor must also be primed, clean, dry and level before tiling can begin.


After finishing your tiling project, use a grout protector spray to stop penetration by water, dirt, oil, grease and lime scale. Using this product will help to prolong the life of your grout and keep the area easy to clean.

Getting the job done - hints & tips

Check our video 'How to Cut Tiles' for more methods to cut your tiles to size and for different ways to cut the curves you may need.


Always use protective gloves and protective goggles whilst cutting tiles.

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