How to Install Brick Tile

alternating beige and red-orange color brick flooring
  • 4-8 hours
  • Advanced
  • 300-1,200
What You'll Need
Ceramic tile saw
Wall glue
Wall trowel
Tape measure
Tile spacers
4-foot level
Safety glasses

One of the hottest trends in ceramic tile is the use of brick tile in bathroom and kitchen remodels. This simple but classic look replicates the pattern and shape of exterior masonry brick. Among its many attributes is that you don’t need to be a master craftsman to install it. In fact, if you have even just a little bit of experience working with ceramic tile, you can tackle this job with fantastic results.

All you need to get started installing brick tile is the following tools and materials listed below.

Step 1 – Mark the Layout

Start by finding the horizontal and vertical center points of the wall. Then, using the 4-foot level, draw a horizontal and vertical straight line the entire length of the wall which will essentially divide it into four sections. After you've repeated the process for each wall you should have an even horizontal line that runs around the room. This will give you an even and symmetrical layout around the whole room. It will also allow you to maintain a straight grout line for the last row of tiles along the floor. Any imperfections or deviations in the floor can be accounted for when cutting the individual tiles along the bottom row. The same holds true for ceiling cuts if you choose to install the tile up to the ceiling.

Step 2 – Install the Tile

Begin by marking the center point at the top of a full brick tile. Next, using the wall trowel spread the wall glue over a 4-foot long section the width of the tile. Start from the center point taking care not to cover the level line you just drew. Make sure the glue is spread evenly across the area so the tiles lay flush on the wall. Now align the centerline of the tile with the vertical line on the wall. Simultaneously align the top edge of the tile with the horizontal line of the wall. Press the tile firmly into the glue so a good bond forms securing the tile to the wall. Now repeat the process working along the same row using the tile spacers between each tile. Leave the cuts for each row for after you’ve completed the entire wall.

Step 3 –Make the Cuts

Accuracy is the key when making any cut so it’s important to take careful measurements. Besides, tile is expensive so it can get very costly to make numerous mistakes when cutting tile. Once you’ve taken the measurement from the wall to the edge of the tile, you’ll need to take the size of the grout line into account. For example, if the distance was 5 inches and you wanted a ¼ inch grout line than you’d have to cut the tile at 4 ¾ inches. You can then make the cut using a ceramic tile wet saw. These saws are readily available at tool rentals and most local home improvement stores. This process will work for either brick floor tile or wall tile.