Centering Tile in a room

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Centering Tile in a room

What should I do? To center the vinyl tile widthwise in a room, I will end up with a 2" border on each side. With the width of baseboard and quarter round it will be minimal and use (waste) so many tiles. Would you still do it or just make it off center a little?
 
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Old 06-29-08, 08:34 PM
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It depends on the room and what will be visible. There is not any more waste doing it either way. If you start with full tiles you will end with a cut tile. If you start in the middle, you will end up cutting a few inches off the tile, but you will use the other half of the tile to make the corresponding cut on the opposite side of the room. Again, it depends on the room and if it will look off balanced be not centering the tile. I always center, it may take more time, but the results are always favorable.
 
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move over a half tile and you'll have bigger equal sized pieces.
 
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Originally Posted by czizzi View Post
It depends on the room and what will be visible. There is not any more waste doing it either way. If you start with full tiles you will end with a cut tile. If you start in the middle, you will end up cutting a few inches off the tile, but you will use the other half of the tile to make the corresponding cut on the opposite side of the room. Again, it depends on the room and if it will look off balanced be not centering the tile. I always center, it may take more time, but the results are always favorable.
You are right. Thanks. It won't wast anymore tile.
 
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I made a to-scale drawing on graph paper of the whole floor, every single tile, and still ended up shifting the whole array of tiles an inch or two off what the plan said.

It's pretty tricky.

I had to use wider molding along one wall to cover the irregular edge.
You don't want the eye to be drawn to the place where you made up for all the accumulated errors.

And depending on the width of the spacers you use, it can turn out well or badly. The tile manu recommends optimum spacer widths, so don't forget to take this into account.

You don't want to end requiring a piece of tile 1/4" wide.
 
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Originally Posted by Daniel Wachtel View Post
move over a half tile and you'll have bigger equal sized pieces.
I am confused. If I move over a half tile then the other side will be a full tile. Not even all around at all.
 
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Originally Posted by WDIBAA View Post
I made a to-scale drawing on graph paper of the whole floor, every single tile, and still ended up shifting the whole array of tiles an inch or two off what the plan said.

It's pretty tricky.

I had to use wider molding along one wall to cover the irregular edge.
You don't want the eye to be drawn to the place where you made up for all the accumulated errors.

And depending on the width of the spacers you use, it can turn out well or badly. The tile manu recommends optimum spacer widths, so don't forget to take this into account.

You don't want to end requiring a piece of tile 1/4" wide.
Thanks but I am using vinyl tiles so there are so spacers.
 
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Sorry, I guess I should have broke it down more for you. Find your center lines of your floor both directions and mark them.These marks will give you even tiles at the edges. If they are too small at the edges move your lines over half a tile, you will still be centered, just centered differently, with equal tiles on the side. I really did not mean to confuse anyone.

http://www.floorstransformed.com/patternfloor.html

http://www.extremehowto.com/xh/artic...ticle_id=60275

http://www.hometime.com/Howto/projects/ctile/tile_5.htm
 
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