We’ve all seen them—tile installations that at first glance look pretty good, but then there they are: small and unbalanced cuts in the corners. Are they properly sized or are they whatever is left over? Unfortunately, not every tile installer uses the industry standards and best practices which, when followed, provide a professional appearance.
An often-used method, which does not meet tile industry standards and also appears unprofessional, is to start with a full tile at one wall and a cut of whatever size ends up at the opposite wall. This trick is employed to supposedly save tile (a full tile has no waste) and/or save time by not having to lay out the area appropriately.