How do I Install a Cheap Pebble Floor?

Pebble tile is pebbles attached to a mesh backing manufactured in rolls for quick and easy installation.

Pebble tile is a cheap way to use small and medium sized pebbles as flooring. Pebble tile flooring brings a natural, zen-like element to a room, and is much easier to lay than flooring made from pebbles and epoxy resin. Pebble tile is small pebbles attached to a nylon mesh backing. It can be cut to fit the project space with a utility knife. Pebble tile installs with thin set mortar and requires sealing and grouting.

Step 1

Measure the project area and calculate the square footage of pebble tile needed to cover the floor.

Step 2

Clean the project floor area thoroughly and fill any cracks or divots in the sub-floor with the appropriate medium for the sub-floor's composition.

Step 3

Trowel thin set mortar onto the project floor area with a notched tile adhesive trowel.

Step 4

Place the pebble tile against one edge of the project floor, in the adhesive, and lightly tap the pebbles to set them into the adhesive without pushing them down too far. Set the second course of pebble tile next to the first with no gap between courses. Cover the entire project area floor in the same manner, Trim the final course of pebble tile, if necessary, to fit flat against the floor to the last wall, with a utility knife.

Step 5

Wet the protective paper attached to the face of the pebble tile, if it exists on the tile brand installed, with a sponge and carefully peel the paper off of the pebbles.

Step 6

Apply a sealant formulated for natural stone over the pebbles with a paint brush and let it dry before continuing.

Step 7

Scrape tile grout lightly across the surface of the pebbles to fill the spaces between them.

Step 8

Wipe off excess grout with a stiff, damp sponge, then wipe the pebble surface again in approximately one-half hour to remove any film left by grout residue.

Things You'll Need

  • Pebble tile

  • Thin set mortar

  • Notched trowel

  • Sealant

  • Paint brush

  • Grout

  • Grout float

  • Sponge

  • Water

  • Bucket