7 Different Layout Patterns For Subway Style Tiles.


Below are just a few ideas of tile layout patterns that you can choose from when using a subway or rectangular tile on your walls and floors.


Herringbone Layout Pattern

One of the most popular tile layouts to use to increase the interest of subway tiles. This pattern can run vertical or horizontal but is mostly seen as pictured.

Running bond

Running Bond Tile Layout Pattern

Using the subway tile offset in a brick bond pattern but with the length running up the wall rather that across it adds a change of perception and can make the walls look taller.

Vertical Offset

Vertical Offset Tile Layout Pattern

This tile layout has the length of the tiles running up the wall with each horizontal row offset.

Basket Weave

Basket Weave Tile Layout Pattern

Using the long edge of the subway as the starting point the short edge of the subway tile stacked along that length until a square area is covered then the pattern is repeated each time there is a long edge. Depending on the ratio of the long edge to the short edge you could have the weave using two, three or four tiles as shown in our example.

Stack Bond

Stack Bond Tile Layout Pattern

The most simple of the tile layout patterns for subway tiles. This tile layout has each tile precisely laid next to and on top of each other and gives a grid effect to the tiled wall.

Brick Bond

Brick Bond Tile Layout Pattern

Brick Bond is similar to Stack bond but each row of tiles is offset evenly from the row below. Named brick bond as masonry bricks use this layout.


Watch Strap Tile Layout Pattern

Using two sizes of subway tiles this tile layout pattern alternates the smaller and larger sized subway tile each row and also offsets the joints. The smaller tile is centred over the lager subway on the row below to achieve the effect.