Tips For Tiling Your Toilet (Height)
December 1, 2020

When I first started renovating my father would always say the tiling is what makes or breaks a space as it’s the detail that people will pick apart the most from any other aspect of a toilet or bathroom renovation. That is why tiling is the most important part and why you have to be the best at it to get it right. Our team of tilers know how important it is to us at our core so we try to do our best on every job with it. Now how this relates to the height you should tile in your toilet is all in how you want the space to feel and function. Below will be the three most common toilet tiling heights we do throughout Perth WA for all our toilet renovations with some pros and cons added to help you decide how high you should tile your toilet.

Skirting Height (300mm)

Often skirting height is what you will find in a lot of older homes and new builds. It is often the basic for toilet tiling where you have one tile around the space, the window sill, and just the floor tiled.


  • More cost-effective
  • Great if you love painting and want to be more creative


  • Often does not suite back to wall toilets
  • Kids and those annoying adults will touch dirty the walls easier

Halfway (1200mm)

The most popular tiling height we do mostly because I recommend it but this is often the halfway height of your walls all around the room and the floor.


  • Great for back to wall toilets
  • Keeps those walls clean
  • Can create a bit of a feature on the back wall


  • Costs more to tile higher
  • Still leaves painting to do

Tiling Toilet Height

Full Height (Ceiling/Cornice Height)

As it describes this is tiling the whole space.

Tiling Toilet Height


  • Feels finished
  • No painting
  • Can create a stunning feature wall
  • Easier to keep clean

Tiling Toilet Height


  • Costs more
  • Need to replace cornice

Tiling Toilet Height

Tiling Toilet Height

Frequently Asked Toilet Height Questions

“Doesn’t tiling full height in a toilet just look like a public toilet”






This is the image people have in their minds when they think of full height tiling for toilets. This is because for decades these small tiles grouted black were a go-to of shopping centers for years.

I personally believe the image is where the negative stereotype for full height tiling in toilets comes from and something that is hard to change in someone’s perception.

“Tiling full height will make the room feel small”

I feel it makes the room feel larger from the images above in the full height section, the key is the larger tiles with fewer lines look clean.

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In a perfect world for cleaning and finish full height tiling would be the go-to move but costings and a mental barrier can often stop people. Full height tiling is more expensive but does have a sense of feeling finished once the renovation is done that lower height tiling does not. Tiling full height in a gloss tile will also allow for light to bounce around the room making the area feel bigger but a halfway comprise or even the skirting option will still allow for you to maximize the space.

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This article was written by James Mc, one of the founders of On the Ball Bathrooms with over 15 years of bathroom renovation experience combined with knowledge of over a 2000+ completed renovation projects. We hope that we have helped you in any way with some helpful renovations tips or just at least some pretty renovation pictures to look at 🙂