How to Draw a Tile Layout for Wall Designs

What You'll Need
Tape Measure
Graphing or Drafting Paper
Pencil or Pen
Colored pencils

Drawing tile layouts for wall designs is like drawing layouts for floors. However, the tiles are much smaller in size and have are planned along with shelves pictures, and other wall decors. During the layout, the first row of tiles is the most important, because it creates the foundation.

Step 1 – Measure the Wall Dimensions

Measure the height and the width of the entire wall or walls to be tiled and transfer it to a piece of paper. If there are any permanent shelves or decor on the wall, make sure take note of its dimensions and its distance from the floor, the ceiling, and both edges of the wall.

Step 2 – Determining the Best Scale to Use

Graph paper is best to use for a tile layout, because there is no need to draw each individual tile on the paper. Determine the best scale to be used for the tile layout. If the wall is 12 feet in width and the paper is 12 inches in width, let 1 inch on the paper be equal to 1 foot on the wall. Therefore, ¼ inch on the paper is equal to four inches. Since most wall tiles are 4 inches wide, it makes the calculation a lot simpler.

Step 3 – Graphing the Layout

Transfer the entire wall dimension to the graphing paper using the scale determined above. The scale is very flexible, depending on the most usable calculation. Determine where to lay the first tile (from the left of the wall or from the right). Starting from that point, draw the first row of tiles using a ruler both to measure and as a straightedge. Remember to follow the scale accurately, to avoid any mistakes. Therefore, if the scale is 1 foot = 1 inch, the first horizontal line should be drawn ¼-inch above the bottom line. Draw the succeeding lines until the entire height of the wall is scaled. Proceed with the vertical lines, each spaced ¼-inch from each other, until every square foot of the wall is properly laid out on the paper.

Step 4 – Shading Wall Mounted Furniture and Decors

Determine the location of each mounted furniture piece and décor, and accurately plot them on the graphing paper. After drawing their dimensions on the paper, shade them diagonally and make a note of what they represent.

Step 5 – Creating a Design

The layout can now be plotted on the graph paper to show border tiles and color designs. Shade border tiles with vertical lines and use inverted diagonal lines and horizontal lines to represent colored tiles. Note every type of line used and what they represent or use colored pencils. Even when the designs are plotted correctly on the graphing paper, recheck the dimensions and the layout one more time before proceeding with the actual tiling process.

Tip: There are also pieces of computer software like AutoCAD that can be used for computerized layout designing.