This video shares tips for how to tile a shower wall using subway tile. The curbless shower had a window, so we have tips for how to handle that and for ensuring the tile stays consistently spaced.

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Supplies we used for this project

DeWALT Wet Tile Saw —
Montolit CGX 115 Diamond Blade —
Sundstrom Silica Dust Respirator —
Fein WSG7 Angle Grinder —
Horseshoe Shims (1/16″) —
Ardex X77 Mortar —
Laser Level —
Carpet Knife —
2″ Paint Brush —
1/4″x1/4″ Square Notch Trowel —


The first step for tiling a shower wall is to plan the layout. We did extensive planning to determine how the subway tile would look at the shower pan, window, and ceiling.

Then we started the first row of tile by having a laser level at the top of the tile. Each tile was cut to the contour of the curbless shower pan where necessary. This ensures the tiles remain level with the laser.

It’s critical to have a level first row of tile for shower walls. Thus, take time to plan the first row.

In addition, the first tile was centered on the main wall. Each successive course of tile was centered over the previous row to provide the classic subway tile pattern.

We left a 1/16″ to 1/8″ expansion and contraction joint at all changes of plane, e.g. walls. Furthermore, 1/16″ horseshoe shims were used to maintain consistent grout joints.

Watch the video to see how to plan a bullnose picture frame around shower windows

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