Project of the month | B&Q


This July B&Q launches its new in-store tile shops. 500 new tile designs will be on offer, from patterned to plain in a range of co-ordinating designs using ceramic, glass, high gloss, matt and engraved.

There are designs for the floor and wall, indoors and outdoors, plus the new sample tile service means you can purchase individual tiles to ensure they are the perfect match when you get home.




Now you have the perfect tiles, why not have a go at tiling a wall or floor yourself? If you fancy having a go at tiling your bathroom or laying a new floor in the kitchen yourself but don't know where to start, then B&Q is here to help.

There's practical help and advice available online including YouTube videos and How to guides, You Can Do It workshops and in-store demos, giving you plenty of opportunities to learn how to do a job yourself – saving you time, money and giving you the chance to learn a new skill.

You Can Do It workshops are available in 15 B&Q stores nationwide, offering classes including flooring and wall tiling in 2-4 hour sessions run by DIY experts. 

You Can Do It demos

You Can Do It demos take place every weekend through July in 50 B&Q stores nationwide and focus on specific jobs around the home and garden including tiling and flooring. The demos aim to give people the skills and confidence they need to have a go themselves. B&Q's team of experts will also pass on useful hints and tips and advice on the right tools to use for the job – visit for further information. You can also find YouTube videos dedicated to tiling projects at B&Q's YouTube channel.


Starting out – plan your floor and wall tiling

Starting a project can be daunting but planning the job is the most essential part of making sure you get it right.

Simply follow these steps to plan your floor tiles...

Preparing the existing floor:

  • Concrete - clean with detergent mixed with water, and if it is uneven, level it, then lay tiles directly on the floor.
  • Timber - must be strengthened with 13mm-thick exterior grade plywood
    fixed with countersunk 25mm screws (4mm gauge) or ring-shanked nails at
    300mm intervals.
  • Tiles - new tiles can be laid over old vinyl tiles after coating the old tiles
    with primer.


Calculating quantities

Tiles are sold in packs and the size and number of tiles they contain will determine the area of floor they will cover. When you calculate the area of your floor, remember to include the dimensions of any alcove or bay.

Round up the total to the nearest whole number to establish the number of packs of tiles you need. Always buy 10% more tiles than you need to allow for breakages.  

  1. Lay out a line of tiles with tile spacers between them. Place the batten alongside, lining up the end with the edge of the first tile.  
  2. Mark the positions of the tiles and gaps on the rod to give you a quick means of working out how many tiles you will need in each row.


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