Tile a mosaic on a tabletop

In the 1960s and 1970s, coffee tables with rectangular tiles were in fashion. With the informal growing together of the world, later oriental patterns lapped into the aesthetic awareness of Western furnishing wishes. Today, especially mosaics are required when tiling a table top.

Support plate and edge frame

As a base carrier plate of a mosaic of tiles are multi-purpose plates made of wood pulp. From material thicknesses of two centimeters, OSB, MDF or pressboard provide sufficient load-bearing capacity for tiles with thicknesses of up to one centimeter. If necessary, diagonal and rectangular support strips on the underside of the
Reinforce table top.

The editing of the tabletop is simplified by a closed edge frame. Suitable materials for rectangular shapes wood or metal strips. For round or rounded plate shapes, soft flexible metals such as aluminum can serve well. Locksmiths like to weld an endless ring made of iron tape for a contribution to the beer or coffee shop.

Plan drawing and material reserve

When planning the mosaic in advance, a drawn one-to-one plan is recommended if you want to create a symmetrical pattern. If an irregular pattern is to be created, for example, by the upcycling of a coffee table with ceramic figurines, you can simply "get started".

A tile cutter facilitates adjustments and corrections in the design of the tabletop. The material overhang of at least twenty percent of the tabletop surface ensures sufficient replenishment for breakage and design freedom.

Joints and mortar

Great attention should be paid to the joint filler. While in symmetric patterns, the joints are usually applied to the lowest possible widths between 0.1 to 0.5 millimeters, often arise in other mosaic interpretations larger padded areas. The joint filler can be dyed or tinted with color additives to match the tiles.

As a fastener or meadow bed for the tiles special mortars are used, which represent a Mittelding between masonry mortar and adhesive. It is important to pay attention to the setting times, as mosaic building takes some time. Fastening the tiles or fragments is most advantageous with the buttering technique. Each individual part of the work piece is mortared on its underside and placed on the tabletop like a puzzle piece.

Tips & Tricks

If you are tiling a round or rounded tabletop shape with a symmetrical mosaic, start in the middle, work in a spiral, and then adjust the outside pieces to the frame. For rectangular or random patterns, pick a reference edge and work with crossways.

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