How to Butt Floor Tile against Wall Tile

What You'll Need
Floor tile
Wall tile
Tile cove base
Tape measure

Putting floor tile and wall tile up against each other can seem like a difficult proposition. However, if you do it properly, you should not have any problems with this process. Here are the basics of how to butt floor tile up against wall tile.

Step 1--Getting the Right Materials

For this job, you are going to need to get the right materials. Ideally, you would like to be able to install the wall tile and the floor tile around the same time. This way, you can get tile that matches or complements each other. When you are purchasing your tile, you want to make sure that you get tile cove base that is made for this application. This type of tile transition looks like a piece of wall tile with a curve on the bottom. The wall tile will fit directly on top of it and the floor tile will go up against it on the floor. This is the best way to butt wall tile and floor tile up against each other. It provides you with a finished look that is very professional.

Step 2--Measuring the Job

Before you make a purchase, you need to measure out the room. Take your tape measure and get the dimensions of the wall and the floor. Multiply the length and the width of each space together to get the square footage. Add 10 percent to each value to give you enough for waste. You will then need to measure the linear footage of the area where you are going to put the cove base. These are typically sold by the piece so you need to know how many to purchase.

Step 3--Lay the Floor Tile

Start off by laying the floor tile. Apply the adhesive to the floor and then press the floor tile down into it. Using tile spacers, you will be able to space the tile appropriately. When you get up to the wall, you want to allow enough space in which to fit the tile cove base. 

Step 4--Install the Cove Base

At this point, you should install the tile cove base. Apply adhesive to the wall and then press the tile cove base into place. Make sure that the bottom of the cove base lines up with the floor tile nicely by using tile spacers here. 

Step 5--Apply the Grout

After letting the area dry overnight, you need to apply the grout. Use your grout float to install the grout in the grout joints. Then let the grout dry overnight before moving forward.

Step 6--Install the Wall Tile

At this point, you can start installing the wall tile. You should be able to lay the tile directly on top of the tile cove base that is already installed. Lay the wall tile and then allow it to dry overnight. Grout the tile and then you should be ready to use the space.