Our easy-to-follow guide should help you drill through tiles if you need to – if you’re still feeling unsure, you can also ask for the help of a professional. Oh! And make sure you’re wearing all the right safety gear before you start, too. We don’t want you getting hurt!
- Using a stud detector, check the area you want to drill into for pipes and wires. This is especially important in a bathroom, so even if you ordinarily don’t use a stud detector, this time it would be wise to!
- 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. This should be a bit specifically for masonry, but even more specifically a carbide tipped drill bit – if your tiles are porcelain, however, you’ll need a stronger drill bit, such as a diamond tipped one. 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!
- One of our favourite tips is to put a bit of light-coloured tape over where you want to drill. Its light colour means you can still see where you’ve marked to drill, but it can help prevent the drill from slipping.
- Put your drill on the mark and press the drill’s 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 get through the wall. Keep the drill bit straight, or you may still crack the tile.