Our easy-to-follow guide should help you drill through tiles. If you’re still feeling unsure, you can also ask for the help of a professional. Make sure you’re wearing all the proper safety gear before you start:
- Using a stud detector, check the area you want to drill. This step is especially important in a bathroom as there are pipes and wires.
- Once you’ve got the all-clear, measure out where you want to drill the tile. Mark this spot with a pen or pencil.
- Choose your drill bit. Your drill bit should be for masonry, specifically a carbide-tipped drill bit. If your tiles are porcelain, you’ll need a stronger drill bit, such as one with a diamond tip. Using a weaker drill bit may result in cracking.
- Set your drill to the “drill” setting. You don’t want to accidentally use the “hammer” setting here!
- Put a piece of light-coloured tape over where you want to drill. The transparency of the light colour helps you see where you’ve marked it for drilling and can prevent the drill from slipping.
- Put your drill on the mark and press the trigger to start drilling. Use two hands to support the drill, and don’t push too hard.
- Once you’ve drilled through the tile, you can switch drill bits and put your drill into hammer mode, which will help you get through the wall. Keep the drill bit straight, or you may still crack the tile.