Wall Tile to Baseboard: 4 Steps for an Easy Transition

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Are uneven edges of your bathroom floor standing out oddly? Then baseboards will solve your problem perfectly. They basically give a secured shielding against the damaged parts. That’s why it’s wise to think of changing your wall tile to a baseboard. 

How exactly should the wall tile to baseboard transition be done?

Firstly, you can attach the baseboard by nailing plywood with it. Then, decide on the position of your wall tile in accordance with your baseboard. Next, fill the gap between them using appropriate sealants. Finally, if the gap between the two turns out to be too much, you can cope using a bevel.

Too confusing? Relax. We have explained all these in 4 easy steps. So, read on to find out! 

Tile to Baseboard Transition

Need floor protection against water or abrasion? Baseboards act as a solution for this in all cases. This is why we’re here to help you make the transition easier. 

You can follow the 4 easy steps for the transition, as shown below- 

Step 1 of 4: Nailing the Plywood

The first thing you need to consider is how to attach the baseboard to your wall. For this, you need the following tools-

  • Nails
  • Glue (PL Adhesive)
  • Plywood (The same size as the tile)

First, take a strip of plywood of the same size as your wall tile. Then, glue that strip with a strong PL adhesive on the wall where you’ll attach the baseboard. This will act as the filler between your wall tile and baseboard.

After that, nail the top edge of the strip of plywood with the wall tiles. Then, nail off the baseboard on the filler strip. 

Extra Tip: Make sure that the strip is completely covered by the baseboard. It should also not be visible. 

Step 2 of 4: Positioning the Baseboard

You can decide between two positions to place your baseboard. So make your pick wisely! 

The positions are as follows-

Over the Tile

You can choose to attach your baseboard over the wall tile. If you do that, you don’t need to cut your tiles in a perfectly even shape. So, even if the edges are uneven, your baseboard will have your back. They will cover the uneven tile edges behind them.

So, you’ll have an aesthetically pleasing wall tile and baseboard with minimum effort!

Have you decided to place your baseboard over the tile? Then,  you don’t need to join their edges. So, the edges where the baseboard and tile meet will remain free. Thus in the future, you can make changes to your wall design more easily. 

With the Tile

You can make the baseboard meet the tile by joining them too. To do that, remember to cut all the edges of your wall tile evenly. 

You don’t want your wall to look like a mess after all, right?

That’s not all. When you join the tile and baseboard, make sure you caulk the baseboard to the tile. If you don’t do this, then the floor will be ‘tented’. That is, without being caulked, the floor will expand and lift a bit. This, in the end, will make your floor look like a complete mess.

Step 3 of 4: Filling the Gap Between Tile and Baseboard

Have you decided where to place your baseboard with reference to your tile? Great! Next, you should be concerned about filling the gap between the tile and baseboard.

It’s ideal if your wall and tile have a gap of ¼”. So, place the baseboard over the tile. Then you don’t need to worry about filling the gap between the two. 

However, if not, you need to fill this gap between the wall and tile. How? There are many ways you can do this. These are listed down below-

Using Grout

Grout is basically a special paste used for filling floor or tile cracks or crevices. And the process of doing this is known as grouting.

When you’re grouting, make sure that there is enough space in-between. Otherwise, your tile will get a bit unstable. This may result in your tile cracking.

Keep in mind that your grouting is not too rough and you’re all set.

Using Silicone

Using pure silicone instead of grouting to fill the gap between the two is a great alternative. This is especially effective as a filler when you have a wooden baseboard.

Did you know that pure silicone also protects the tile from bugs? Interesting, huh?

Step 4 of 4: Adjusting Too Much Space

What if there is too much space between the tile and baseboard? For the final step, you need to adjust this gap. To do this, you can try beveling the edges of the baseboard. 

You can use a table saw and a Dremel tool to adjust the baseboard. This’ll ensure that you’ve the perfect gap.

FAQs

Question: What kind of baseboard is the best?
Answer: Wooden baseboards are the most popular to use for transitioning from wall tile. Along with securing the floor and wall from damage, it’s also aesthetically pleasing. 

Question: How do you cut tiles into half?
Answer: First, take a tile and draw a centerline, following its axis of symmetry. Then, draw a plumb from the floor to the tile’s top border. Then start cutting carefully to get even cuts. 

Question: What is the best way to hide the tile edges?
Answer: Caulking the edges is the best option. That’s because it is a very simple process. Caulk also has a cheap price.

Bottom Line

These are the 4 steps you can follow for a successful wall tile to baseboard transition. It’s actually pretty simple, huh?

Basically, you first need to attach the baseboard with the wall. Then, choose where you’d like to place it compared to the tile. Fill the gaps between them and adjust them if necessary. That’s it!

Tell us how the whole process went for you in the comments below!

Good luck!

Scott Kelly