The toilet tiles


Basically, the laying of tiles around the toilet does not differ from conventional tiling. Only in the case of stem installations - today's construction standard for toilets - must the special features of this toilet installation be taken into consideration. Afterwards, you will receive valuable information and detailed instructions for tiling the toilet.

Tasks of the wall installation

The wall installation is a massive metal frame. This has to fulfill some tasks:

  • this pretext frame carries the cistern
  • Toilet outlet and toilet drain are connected behind (inside)
  • the water inlet takes place in the pretext element
  • the pretext element carries the attached toilet ceramic basin

Differences between the flush-mounted pretext elements

You can distinguish this flush-mounted prewall installation after two executions:

  • for drywall
  • for wet construction

Tile wetwall pre-wall installations tile

In wet wall pre-wall installation, bricks (gas or aerated concrete, bricks, etc.) are then bricked up to the left and right of the metal frame of the pre-wall installation. In doing so, the stones are moved slightly forward, so that the pre-wall frame initially sits slightly lower than the masonry wall.

Then the newly raised walls and the wall installation are plastered. In the case of wet construction pre-wall installation, you can start laying tiles after the plaster has dried out. It is essential to use a Flex tile adhesive (plastic-coated).

Pusher plate is access door

You do not have to consider a revision flap. As such, the opening for the pusher plate is used. The frame attached here, as well as the module with cistern operation on it, can be removed so that you will have an access hatch that you can use to carry out any work on the cistern, water inlet or drain.

Tiles at the drywall toilet plank installation

Even with the drywall pre-wall installation, the opening for the pusher plate later serves as a revision flap. However, in this pretext element not only plasterboard panels are mounted to the right and left - also the front side of the pre-wall installation is clad with drywall panels.

Claiming the tiles requires special building materials

The toilet ceramic is then attached directly to the metal frame of the pre-wall installation. Although the installed drywall paneling does not have to carry the sanitary ware, it presses on it. Therefore, you must also use special building materials that are suitable for the stem here. Otherwise it will quickly lead to cracks in the tiled toilet:

  • Wet room drywall (wet room plasterboard, fiberglass reinforced, OSB boards, etc.)
  • flexible wet room tile adhesive (plastic-coated)
  • suitable sanitary silicone or acrylic

Already to be considered when setting up the wall installation

In addition, you can double the cladding with the plates. For detailed instructions, see "Dressing up an in-wall installation". How to install the wetwall pre-wall installation is explained here: Walling a cistern.

Step by step instructions for tiling the toilet

  • priming
  • tiling
  • suitable tile adhesive
  • suitable grout
  • tile crosses
  • spacing wedges
  • sanitary silicone
  • tile cutter
  • drilling machine
  • suitable drills (glass, stone, ceramic drills, etc. - depending on the tiles used)
  • mixing paddle
  • notched trowel
  • mortar bucket
  • rubber hammer
  • sponge board
  • rubber gloves
  • possibly guideline
  • silicone syringe

1. Preliminary work

Drywall walls are often very absorbent products. If you are using such gypsum plaster boards (instead of OSB boards, for example) you will need to apply a primer that will neutralize the enormous absorbency.

2. Lay the tiles on the toilet

Each stem wall can be created individually. This also means that you can pull it up to the ceiling or a defined height, partially or completely over the wall width. Now, the tiles for the toilet but synchronously and evenly be laid on the paneled wall installation. As you explain the different possibilities, which can result from different height and width, we explain here in detail for you: Laying wall tiles professionally.

Stir the tile adhesive according to the manufacturer's instructions. With the tooth trowel, pull webs into the glue applied to the wall and the tiles. However, the bridges are pulled crosswise (for example, along the wall and high on the tiles). This tile laying process is called floating buttering. Then press the tiles firmly into the glue. Tile crosses are inserted between the individual tiles, spacer wedges at the wall finishes.

3. Cut and drill tiles for the toilet

Later, the ceramic basin is to be attached to the wall installation, and drainage and possibly inflow must also be taken into account. This means you must also drill and cut tiles when tiling the wall-mounted toilet installation. Follow the respective links, get professional tips and information.

4. The toilet tiles have grouting

When all the tiles are laid, you can start grouting. Brush the grout into the joint along the joint. Then wash it all off with a wet sponge or foam board. Finally, the expansion joints are grouted with silicone.

Tips & Tricks

Do not forget the sound insulation board, which you have to attach to the newly tiled wall installation between tiles and toilet bowl.

Whether you use acrylic or silicone for the expansion joints depends on the individual circumstances. So is silicone in the sanitary area better suited because waterproof. In addition, sanitary silicone contains anti-mold additives. The advantage that acrylic can be painted over and not silicone does not apply to sanitary expansion joints.


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