These instructions are to help you lay out and design a herringbone installation. For tile installation instructions and methods, please see our other installation guides.
45 degree herringbone patternTools and supplies needed
- Chop saw
- Straight edge or Speed Square®
- Pencil or other non-permanent marker
- Chalk line
- Fine-grit sandpaper (400 or 600 grit)
- Loctite® PL Premium or LePage® PL Premium.
The herringbone pattern is laid at a 45-degree angle. All angles, whether cut or placed, are at 45 degrees.
A 45-degree herringbone pattern requires three components
Measure, mark and snap lines if necessary for edges, guides or top of work area. For example, snap a line at 6-3/8″ above the countertop height to align top points of first row of tiles, if desired.
Then place a corner-cut tile (B) as shown below.
Fill in the remaining triangular area with the cut corner (C).
Always push part C up against A and B. Any gap that remains at the bottom countertop can be caulked later.
Continue to stack and stick tiles as shown below.
For each vertical edge (left and right sides), fill open spaces with cut corners (C) or measure and cut custom pieces as needed. If the cut pieces are smaller than half of a tile, an additional adhesive may be needed to get the smaller pieces to adhere properly. The recommended adhesive is Loctite® PL Premium or LePage® PL Premium. Carefully read and follow manufacturer’s directions for the adhesive. Measure and cut remaining fill pieces for the top as needed. Caulk the bottom, sides or top of the tiled area as needed.