3 Things To Consider When Ordering Tile for a Bathroom

Modern tile adds a clean and luxurious feel to bathrooms, but older or poorly-done tile can quickly make a space look dated and unexciting.

Replacing tile is a great way to update a room without taking on structural changes. It can also be the finishing touch on a larger remodeling project. Regardless of what your project scope is, there are a few key things to keep in mind when ordering tile for a bathroom.

3 Things To Consider Before Ordering

There are different kinds of tile for a bathroom to suit any style. When you are in the early stages of planning, take the opportunity to consider as many options as you can.

Tile from Fireclay

1. How Should You Choose Your Tile?

Using our virtual floor plans, you can better visualize how different options will look in your space. Beam will help you generate an existing floor plan to work from within 1-2 business days. In addition to using our photo-realistic renderings to finalize design decisions for your remodel, you should also consider ordering samples or visiting showrooms so you know exactly what to expect by the time the tile order is placed.

As with most remodeling projects, be prepared to be flexible in the event any issues arise with your order. If the exact material option you had in mind isn't available, or if it isn't available in a specific size that will fit your space, having backup choices that you are excited about can be the difference between a frustrating problem and a simple change of direction.

2. How Much Tile Do You Need?

Measuring tile for a bathroom can be a time-consuming and frustrating process. With Beam, you are able to skip the math and get to the fun part of the remodeling process quickly. Once your floorplan has been created, accurate measurements will be at your fingertips.

With all remodel and renovation projects, at Beam, we recommend ordering at least 10-20% in additional material when it comes to tile - but most importantly confirm that tile overage amount with your design or build team first. Tile is likely to get broken in transport as it is a delicate material, not to mention the fact that any intricate cutting work may call for backup supplies.

Oh, and don't forget to order additional basics such as grout, or ask your build team to supply this type of rough materials and just approve the color.

Rendeing of Warm Woods Bathroom Design

3. How Much Time Will the Project Take?

It is easy for remodeling projects to get dragged out when other obligations arise, which can cause stress and inconvenience, especially if the project removes a working bathroom from your house!

One of the first time constraints to consider is order timelines. Once you nail down exactly what tile you want, allow, at the very least, a week for it just to ship out. Be aware that things such as holidays or current supply chain issues could impact how quickly your tile arrives.

Times can vary, so give yourself a comfortable buffer by ordering well ahead of when you plan to start the project and looking into options for material storage while you design and plan your remodel.

Installing the tile can take anywhere from a few hours to a few days depending on how big of an area you're covering, and the level of intricacy in your tile work. While a professional contractor may be able to finish the job more quickly than the DIY homeowner, it is important to take your time to make sure that the finished result will look great.

hexagonal mosaic tile in light green
Hexagonal Mosaic tile from Tilebar

Buying Tile for a Bathroom

Beam hopes to make it easier than ever to take on the remodeling project you've been dreaming about. Ordering tile for a bathroom online is one of the most convenient ways to shop materials for your remodel, but seeing the materials you've selected in a photo-realistic rendering of the space brings it all together before you click "buy."  

What Else Do I Need For My Bathroom Remodel?

Tile is not the only material you will need to select for your bathroom remodel. Not sure what else you might need? Rely on our room-based remodel checklist feature to ensure you are sourcing all the appropriate finish materials for your project.

Ready to start your bathroom remodel? See how Beam can help make your remodel vision a reality today.