Shower Floor Ideas – In this post we’re going to share five tips for installing a pebble stone shower floor. This is one of the coolest types of floors that you can install in a custom shower, but there are things that can give you some major hiccups. And we wanted to share with you today what you should avoid and what you should do within those five tips to help you out with your project. So let’s dive in. Okay, so today we’re going to install some pebble stone floor. This is actually the flat cut pebble, so it’s not all actual round stones. But it’s flat cut, so in that case, we’ll be installing this first in this shower so that our wall tile comes down on top of it.
Kind of makes it easier fitting these pieces in. Because if you do the wall tile first, it’s pretty difficult to cut all these pebbles nice and straight against the wall. But if you have pebbles that were all round, you really don’t have much of a choice. You have to just go ahead and do the walls first and then do the pebbles last because there’s no way you can cut the wall tile down over round pebbles. One of the things when you’re looking at these tiles you just want to make sure that you pay attention to whether you can actually see the tile through this mesh. This looks pretty good because I can actually physically see parts of the tile. The main reason is iyou want to have that thinset actually bond to the piece of pebble.
So a lot of times there’s some generic tile out there where this whole thing will just be schlacked with glue. And basically all you’re going to be doing is bonding your glue to your thinset. And then over time, your pebbles wind up breaking apart and coming out. That’s basically what will eventually happen. So when you’re picking a tile, just make sure that you can actually see the tile behind it. One of the first things you want to do is kind of lay it out, see how it’s going to fit. And I wish I could say that every single pebble stone floor is going to be installed at exactly the same way; it really depends on how well they put each piece together.
But what I found kind of easiest rather than taking each piece and running it through a wet saw to square cut this, I find it easiest just to place it up against the wall. And then we’ll take the pieces and we’ll fit them in afterwards. And the main reason for not running this through a wet saw is that a lot of times if you get this mesh wet, it’ll end up making the pebbles fall off of that mesh. So I try to avoid putting this through a wet saw as much as I can because it’s just that much more difficult to put together. We’re going to go ahead and just lay this out to see how this fits. We want another here. It’d be nice if you could stagger them, but this pattern right here is really not going to be able to be staggered too well.
But basically, any way that you can get it to fit in, like even if I put this… no, that’s not really going to work either. I’m just going to cut parts of the pieces off for this to fit up against the wall and then piece every part in there. Well basically, just dry fit all this and then mark each one with a piece of tape on which position it is so you don’t get confused when you put it back together. But it’s going to be important for you to just dry fit each piece. Wet down your KERDI with a wet, damp sponge. Get all the dust and dirt off of it. Make sure you don’t have any thinset; it’s going to interfere. Always be careful not to cut or scratch the KERDI membrane. With a white stone, you’re going to want to use a white thinset.
I’m going to be using a ¼ x ¼ inch notch trowel for this. This is the All Set thinset. And the main reason for white is that since that’s going to be a natural stone, I don’t want to… if you use gray, it can end up darkening all that white stone. So you’re better off just to use white to make sure that there isn’t going to be any staining of the stone. Notice, too, how Steve spread the thinset mortar. All the trowel ridges are facing the same direction. So when he places the pebble stone over top of it, it’s compressing those trowel ridges. The biggest tip that we have for you, and this is the final one, is that when you’re positioning all the stones together, you don’t want to see the outline of the sheets.
Make sure you push all the sheets together so that they’re nice and tight. And if you have to place the pebble stones one-by-one to eliminate that problem, do so. Let us know if you have any questions about the pebble stone installation down in the comments. We’d be happy to help you out. Remember, this video is part of our series here on YouTube that shows you how to build a custom shower using the Schluter KERDI kit with the pebble stone floor and the porcelain wall tiles.
So if you want to check out those videos, click right here on the playlist. We’re going to be adding videos to the playlist. And the ones that we already have out are very detailed. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. If you’re doing a complete bathroom remodel, get our free guide right here. It’s awesome. Again, tons of great tips in the guide.