Let's Talk About Sourcing Tile
Last week on one of my Instagram posts I had you guess how heavy the tile was that I shoved into my carry-on luggage (120lbs FYI). I got a great deal on those amazing golden yellow Heath Dimensional tiles (see picture above) because they were in the seconds section of the Heath Tile factory. So, today I thought it would be fun AND helpful to do a blog about places you can source tile from. You have more options these days than just that orange big-box store. Not hating on them, I shop there all the time! This list is by no means all encompassing but just some places I've sourced tile from before.
In the past few years, big-box stores like Home Depot, Lowe’s, and Menards (shout out to my home state of Wisconsin) have worked hard to improve and enlarge their selection of tile. You can now find reasonably priced tile that is on trend AND in stock that previously you would have had to order from a specialty tile store.
Floor & Décor is another big-box store that I love and source tile from all the time. I mean it’s nothing but a big warehouse full of tile and flooring! What more does one need? However, they are not in every state. . .yet. I'm really into this aqua hexagon Adessi tile shown in the bathroom below.
Yes, you can totally order tile online these days and have it shipped directly to your door. Depending on how much tile you buy, it may get delivered by UPS, FedEx, or a specialty freight company.
A lot of popular tile companies these days are primarily online. They might have a showroom or two you can go to and see the tile in person before making your selection. My current favorites, in no particular order are: Heath, Fireclay Tile, TileBar, Mecury Mosaics, and Zia Tile. I may or may not be collaborating with one of these brands in the near future so stay tuned!
You can also find some good deals on trendy tile at places like Wayfair and Overstock. I love the handmade look of these black square tiles from Ivy Hill Tile found on Wayfair. Believe it or not, $8.29 per sq. ft. for this tile is reasonable considering some other places it would be upwards of $20 per sq. ft. The price we pay for trends, am I right?
It’s worth it to do a little research and see if you have any tile makers in you area. I’m a fan of supporting local businesses when possible. Handcrafted Tile, Inc is a Phoenix company that offers a large range of Mexican tile and hand carved stone. They also have a dedicated department that can create custom tiles and murals! I love their San Miguel Series Star and Cross tile as seen below in the bathroom designed by Kate Williams Design.
I love to think outside the box and get materials from unexpected places. Almost every large city has at least one building material salvage store. They are literally just warehouses full of stuff that has been pulled out of homes and buildings during demo. Locally, I like to go to Stardust to see what gems I can find. Habitat for Humanity ReStore stores are all over the country and another great place to look for salvaged tile. These types of places typically have smaller amounts of tile, so they are perfect for smaller projects like a bar backsplash or powder room. Bonus, you're saving tile from going into the landfill.
Lastly, check out online market places like Craigslist, Facebook, and OfferUp. You can often find people trying to get rid of left over, brand new tile.
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Is there somewhere you love to get tile from that I didn't mention above? Let me know in the comments below.
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