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5 Steps To Tile Edge Trim After Tiling [Install Right Kind]

You’re tiling your brand new house. To finish off the entire process you need to trim the tile edges. Confused about how you can install it? We’ve just the thing!

How to install tile edge trim after tiling?

Firstly, you need to decide between your choices. After that, you can decide the size and start installing it. After that, you need to measure and cut the bases at 45°. Now using an adhesive, stick it to your wall. Once you’re done, grout in between the tiles to finish it off!

Now, this was just a brief idea about the entire process. We have an in-depth step-by-step process in the segment down below! Let’s check it out.

Choosing The Right Trim For Your Tile

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Once you’re halfway there on the tiling, it’s time to pick a trim for the edges. Basically, there are 4 types of trims you can choose from. These are:

  • Stone Trims
  • Porcelain or ceramic trims
  • Plastic Trims and 
  • Metal Trims

The stone trims are used commonly for shower walls or for inside the shower. These are thick and easier to install. Moreover, they look seamless and you can enhance it by polishing the outside. However, they are a bit on the expensive side. 

Ceramic tiles are another type of trims you can use. However, these are mostly for larger radius bullnose edges. Nowadays, these aren’t commonly used, but you special order this. But this might be quite expensive. 

As for the plastic and metal ones, you’ll find them in various finishes, shapes and colors. The metal trims are widely used and are budget friendly. But there’s a higher end option you can choose from. These are commonly used for floors, shower walls, etc. 

However the plastic trims are quite vulnerable to abrasion. That’s why they are not used as much. 

Now using this information you can make a choice and install your brand new trims! 

How To Trim The Edge Of A Tile

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Well, having rough surfaces might not be the best look for your newly furnished house. Hence once you’re done tiling, it’s better to trim the edges of your tiles.This gives a much smoother finish and looks great. 

Moreover, to enhance the look of your tiles, you can put carpet over it. This won’t damage your tile but will surely make the room feel homely.

So, let’s see how you can install one!

Tools Required

For trimming the tile edges you’ll need some tools. Here’s the list:

  • Tape measure’s hook
  • Mitre box
  • Clamps
  • Hacksaw or Trim cutter
  • Chalk
  • Adhesive
  • Trowel
  • Grout
  • Sealer

Gather around your tools and let’s get to installing the trims!

Step 1 of 5: Planning Where The Trim Will Go

Now you can install your tile trim in two places. There’s an option for placing it at the base of the wall or the corners. Moreover, you’ll have to plan the trimming process aligning with your tile installation. Otherwise, you might not choose the right type of trim for your tiles. 

Step 2 of 5: Measuring The Trim

Now you’ll have to measure the base and the corners of your floor. Or basically wherever you’re installing your tiles.  This will also help you know the estimated amount of trim you’ll need for the process. 

Now, take your tape measure’s hook and take the exact thickness of the places. Then note it down for future reference.

For this, you have to have the exact measurement of the corners and the base. Make sure to measure between the wall and tile to not miss out on any gaps. Otherwise, you might have to redo the next step. 

Step 3 of 5: Cutting The Trim 

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Now according to the measurements you took earlier you have to cut the trimmings. Now for trims, you can cut it straight. They should always be at a 45° angle for wall edges and bases.

To cut it, you’ll need to use a miter box. You can find this at any hardware store. However, if you’re looking for some great recommendations, we have a few suggestions:

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You can use this for the cutting process. 

First, secure one of the sides of the trim using clamps. Placing it firmly in position. Then use your miter box as a guide for the cut. Take your hacksaw or a trim cutter to cut according to your measurements. Repeat this for all the other ones. 

Make sure all the trims align inline forming a 90° angle. With this in mind, we shall be moving on to the next step. 

Step 4 of 5: Mark & Glue Down The Trim

Start by marking the surface where you’ll place the trim. Use chalk for the marking. This will act as a guide for where the glue will go.

Now, follow along the line and place your adhesive using a trowel. Lay the tile, and press it firmly so that the tile sticks to the adhesive. Repeat for the rest of the trims. After that, allow it to dry overnight!

Step 5 of 5: Finish Off The Trim With Grout & Sealant

Once the adhesive has dried off, you can prepare to grout and seal. First, apply the grout in places where there’s a gap. Allow it to dry for at least 24 to 48 hours. 

After that, apply a sealant over the grout. This will make the grout more effective and last longer. Then let it dry for 24 hours.

That’s all for the installation of the trim. You can now go ahead with the rest of your tiling process. 


Question: Do chrome Tile Trims rust?

Answer: No, chrome tile trims don’t rust. However, they have to be of a higher quality. Otherwise, there’s a chance it might. It’s better to use metal tile trims as they do not corrode or get ruined. 

Question: How to remove Tile Edge Trim?

Answer: Insert the tip of the utility knife into the drywall above the edge of the tile baseboard. Apply enough pressure to the blade that it sinks into the drywall. Pull the utility knife along the top edge of the tile baseboard. The trim will start to come off!

Question: Can you tile top to bottom?

Answer: If your tile from top to bottom, your tiles may slip and crack. Moreover, it might not look good to have a half tile at the bottom due to space. So it’s better to start from the bottom and work your way up.

Ending Note

That’s how you basically install tile edge trim after tiling. It was quite a simple process. So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and start with your work! 

Hope to meet again soon, good day!