Whether it’s a facelift or a full renovation of the busiest rooms in your home, tiling is a popular go-to option for bathrooms But how much is it likely to cost, and is it something you can do yourself?
This cost guide explains what you must consider when determining how much to tile a bathroom and what’s the best option for you – DIY or Pro?
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Reasons for Tiling a Bathroom
The first thing to think about is why you’re tiling your bathroom in the first place. Is it because your bathroom design needs to be brought into the 21st century, or are the tiles cracked, having seen better days?
You also need to decide how much of your bathroom to renovate: Should you just replace the tiles around the shower and/or bath, or do you want the whole room befitted in floor-to-ceiling tiles?
Pro Tip: Even if it’s a straightforward tile removal-and-replace, additional wall prep may be involved.
How Much to Tile a Bathroom – Costs to Consider
Before choosing your tiles, it’s important to set a budget. You can do this by working out whether it’s something you’re going to do yourself or whether you’ll be hiring a professional. Once you know how much it might cost, you can set a budget to refrain from spending more than necessary.
Here are the cost factors that will help determine whether the job will be DIY or outsourced.
How Many Tiles Will You Need?
Firstly, determine whether you wish to tile the entire bathroom, just the walls, or only certain areas. The tiles can cost around £5 to £20 per square metre, depending on your style.
Once you’ve decided, work out how many tiles you need by multiplying the height and width of the area you wish to be tiled and adding an extra 10% to allow for error and wastage. Full instructions are included in the video at the bottom of this guide.
Other Materials and Tools
In addition to your chosen tiles, you’ll also need tile adhesive, grout, silicone, and any tools that may be required, such as an electric tile cutter, measuring tape and mixing bucket. This article from Tile Mountain provides a full list of tools.
They also have an excellent calculator to help you determine how much grout and adhesive you’ll need. Add this and the price of your chosen tiles, plus whatever other tools you might need to buy/rent for the job, to get an idea of the cost.
Additional Work Required
If you’re going to hire someone to do the job for you, bear in mind any work that will need doing before fitting the tiles. For example, will you expect them to remove any existing tiles first? If you’re looking to save on labour costs, you may consider doing that part yourself. Then, consider any wall prep that might be required, whether that be damage caused by removing the tiles, or underlying issues such as water ingress, as discussed in this article from the UK Bathroom Guru.
Labour Costs in 2023
A cost guide from Mybuilder.com suggests that, depending on the experience of the tiler and your location, you can expect to pay between £20 and £40 per square meter. Some traders will charge a day rate, from around £150 – £200 per day.
Professional Tiling – 2023 Cost Comparison Table
The comparison table below gives you an idea of how much you can expect to pay if you hire a professional to complete the job, with you supplying only the tiles.
Prices have been sourced from Which? via a survey of bathroom fitters conducted in 2018. These prices include labour and materials but do not include VAT.
|Job||Details||Price Range||Average Cost||Time|
|Small bathroom||2.13m x 2.16m – customer to supply tiles||£700 – £950||£825||1 – 3 days|
|Medium bathroom||3.1m – customer to supply tiles||£900 – £1,125||£1,012||2 – 4 days|
|Large bathroom||4.06m – customer to supply tiles||£1,200 – £1,800||£1,500||3 – 6 days|
Tiling a Bathroom: Can You Do It Yourself?
Tiling is something that requires skill, patience and time. That’s not to say an amateur can’t do it, and if you’re a keen DIYer, you likely have at least two of the three attributes mentioned above.
According to my job quote, it’s not too difficult to fit bathroom tiles yourself. Still, as mentioned in our article on tiler costs, you’ll want to ensure you do the job properly to avoid any expensive problems further down the line.
How to Fit Bathroom Tiles
Online and print magazine ‘Build It’ has written a step-by-step guide on fitting bathroom tiles.
Alternatively, the video below from Wickes provides an easy-to-follow tutorial to help DIY enthusiasts:
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How Much to Tile a Bathroom – Final Thoughts
Ultimately, it depends on your budget, free time and skill level. As mentioned briefly, the thought of water getting into the walls makes me nervous. However, it’s certainly something to consider if you’re confident in your ability and want to save money.
On the other hand, if you’re like me and want the confidence of professional fitting, here are some things to remember when obtaining quotations:
- Ask for recommendations.
- Obtain at least three quotations.
- Get a quote breakdown, including any required preparation, materials and labour.
- Ask to see testimonials.
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