4.25′ Hex Tile Installation

June 18, 2007 at 10:17 pm 6 comments

Well I said I would provide pictures of the floor. The room is so small only one picture is needed.

California Bungalow Bathroom Floor

Installing this tile was incredibly tedious. 16 hours and a very sore back is all you need to invest if you would like a floor like this. Oh I forgot, you’ll want to add a week of recovery and $700 for the tile to the cost as well.

Hex tile installation tips: Remember to order the Y spacers at the same time you order the tile. If you don’t, you’re in for a lot of extra work. Keeping even spacing between these tiles is critical and not as easy as you might think. Unlike square tiles which give you corners to line-up, hex tiles don’t provide easy reference points. The only solution I found was to keep all tile edges parallel to each other by install 12 1/8′ spacers per tile (two per side). If you let these tiles wander even a little bit you can quickly find yourself in a jam.

Also, as I said in my previous post — layout you pattern in advance and always start from the center of the floor.


Entry filed under: bathroom remodel, California Bungalow, installing hex tile.

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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Vickie  |  October 29, 2008 at 6:00 pm

    The tile looks great – nice design. Did the whole room come together nicely? I’d be interested to see.

    We are working on a remodel of our 1907 bathroom; trying to make it more period appropriate. Currently we have no floor but are putting in tiny white hex tiles next week and subway tiles in the shower/bath area. Wondering whether to use light gray, dark gray or some other color grout.

    Best wishes.

  • 2. Patrick  |  November 29, 2008 at 12:59 pm

    Hello Vicky
    It all depends on the color of the tile. I usually always go with white on white. Reason is, unless hex is perfect, and it never is. The lines tend to flux ate in size. The transuding grout will show the difference in the lines and this is a nightmare for the inexperienced. I would suggest that you take the color of the tile and mach the hue the best you can to the grout.

    Good luck.
    Flooring contractor from Seattle.

  • 3. Lisa  |  May 20, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    I’m in San Francisco and am installing 3″ hex tiles on my bathroom floor. We are looking for the Y spacers that you mention in your article. Do you know where I can find them?

    • 4. joseph deck  |  May 24, 2011 at 4:58 pm

      i never did find them — i used lots of small spacers one at each corner.

  • 5. Marc  |  June 11, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    I have been on a long search looking for 4.25″ tile. Over a year. Our 30’s bathroom has great wall tile, but we need to replace the floor tile and want to match the original, at least closely. Can you tell me where you got you tile.
    That would reallly help us a lot.

    • 6. joseph deck  |  May 24, 2011 at 4:55 pm

      i bought these from CV Tile in Monrovia. Here is a number Phone: 626-303-0336 or 626-584-8300


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