December 5


Can You Tile Behind A Vanity? Complete Guide

By Robin Hatch

December 5, 2019

Tiling behind a bathroom mirror may seem like a good idea as you start to build your dream bathroom. Making a complete, fluid, uniform look illuminates the eyes of the person that enters your bathroom.

The five reasons you should tile behind a vanity are to create a uniform look, custom-fit mirrors, match the design of the vanity, protect the bathroom wall, and make it easier for future house owners.

There are, however, reasons not to tile behind the bathroom mirror. In this article, we’re going to look into why you should and shouldn’t tile behind your bathroom mirror.

Reasons Why You Should Tile Behind A Vanity

First, let’s start with why you should tile behind a bathroom mirror. These include:

  • Creating a Uniform Look
  • Custom Mirror Fit
  • The Vanity
  • Decorating For Future Homeowners
  • Protecting The Dry Wall

Creating a Uniform Look

Regardless of the color, tiling a wall creates a stunning uniform look for a bathroom. If you chose not to tile behind the mirror, The mirror would have to be hung or fitted perfectly for the tiling not to seem awkward or out of place.

However, it may be a more significant pain trying to measure and get the exact size of the mirror to fit the space. Especially if you’re a perfectionist like us, searching for the perfect mirror may take longer than actually tiling the wall.

In most cases, we recommend tiling the wall to create a uniform look throughout the bathroom and then hanging the mirror over it.

Custom Mirror Fit

Tiling behind the mirror gives countless options for homeowners to be creative. Depending on the size of the vanity (which we’ll get into later in this article), the size of the mirror can be whatever size you’d like it to be.

Creating a custom gap in the tiling (for the mirror) requires a perfect mirror fit. When shopping, this drastically alters the mirrors that you’re shopping for unless it’s custom-built.

Custom-built mirrors may drive the project’s price up, especially if it’s a large area for custom tiling.

Create a Uniform Look With The Vanity

The vanity may change over the lifespan of a house. Homeowners typically like to change up the look of a bathroom every ten or so years.

Purchasing an expensive vanity that goes with a neutral color tiling may help you in the long run. Tiling behind the mirror allows for more customization options that match the vanity.

For homeowners interested in shopping for new vanity/mirror combinations to match the tiles when shopping in the future. Find a set that matches and purchase!

However, custom tiling behind the mirror, adds a whole another step in the process of purchasing a new vanity.

Future Home Owners

If you’re planning on moving within the next 5-10 years, it may be wise to tile the entire bathroom wall for the sake of future owners.

If a homeowner is looking at a house but disagrees with your custom tiling on the wall, it typically means they will have to take down all the tiling and do more work on the bathroom.

This could not only affect your sale of the house in the future but causes more work for the future homeowner.

In this case, tiling the entire wall behind the mirror could be the safest bet for both your wallet and the future.

Protecting The Dry Wall

Suppose there’s an issue with kids writing and damaging the drywall; tiling behind the bathroom mirror may be your best option. Having a hard, tiled surface behind the drywall makes cleaning the mess a breeze.

Tile is typically more complicated than drywall and can recover if any crayons, soap suds, or wet backsplash land on it.

We recommend tiling behind the wall if you have messy kids or any situation requiring cleaning the walls often.

Things To Think About Before You Tile Behind A Bathroom Mirror

Custom Look

The custom look of the white vanity with a framed mirror above it bordered with a beautiful brown frame looks spectacular!

Customizing the look and feel of your dream bathroom never felt better. Keep in mind; that there’s a good chance that either your or your kids will wake up every morning and look into this bathroom to start their day.

What better way to start the day than to have a beautiful custom mirror/vanity set with custom tiling lining the mirror?

Although the custom look will for sure be more work, if you’re one for aesthetics, the custom look may be right for you.

Replacing Tile

Replacing tile can be rather expensive. Before tiling behind the bathroom mirror, one thing to think about is purchasing extra tile if one breaks or falls apart.

Also, the homeowner should consider if the tile will be installed manually or if a professional will install it.

Self-installation will need the proper equipment to install the tiled wall effectively.

On the other side, having a professional install the tile can cost a good chunk of change.

Decide if you’re dedicated to doing the job or willing to lay down the necessary amount of dollars for a professional to tile behind your bathroom mirror.


We ultimately recommend that homeowners tile behind their bathroom mirror for the uniform look, custom mirrors, the number of options for the vanity, and future owners.

It’s always good to keep in mind that custom for sure looks better; however, the items listed above prove that not tiling behind the bathroom mirror may cause more headaches than it will cause happiness.

Tiling your bathroom can be a lengthy process; however, the result can last a lifetime.

We’ve compiled a complete list of frequently asked bathroom questions for new and experienced homeowners.

Our team of experts answers these questions to help assist you through DIY projects and home repairs.

Robin Hatch

About the author

For over a decade, Robin has been a real estate agent, interior design specialist, and mother. Through her trials and tribulations, she wanted to create the perfect website to help you save money and make your home look beautiful.

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