The Best Way to Build a Wood-Look Tile Shower

Many people love the look of wood tiles in their showers. However, conventional advice says that wood and wet spaces don’t mix. The moisture from a shower would be detrimental to the longevity of the wood.

However, thanks to many advances in the world of flooring materials, you can now have a wood tile shower floor without the downsides.

Here’s how to get that wood look tile in your shower.

The Improved Realism of Wood-Look Tiles

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It’s still the best advice to avoid putting actual wood tile in your shower. However, you do have the option of using alternative materials that look like wood.

You might be hesitant to believe that other materials can actually look like real wood. However, the game has changed, and the realism of wood-look tiles has completely transformed.

You won’t be able to tell the difference between wood and wood look-alikes by looking at your shower. Instead, you can get the wood look without all the downsides and maintenance headaches of the real thing.


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The other advantage to using wood-like tiles instead of actual wood is that you have a much greater scope of versatility.

You can get different stains and colors of wood. You can get smooth wood, or it can be textured. You can get that handscraped look or keep it classic. You can even get the look of premiere woods without the premiere price tag.

Ultimately, wood-look tiles allow you more versatility than standard wood.

Wood-Look Tile Materials

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There are wood-look tiles in all different types of materials. However, when you’re looking for the best tile for the bathroom shower, you want to go with porcelain or ceramic.


Porcelain tiles are the highest-quality tile out there and the best choice for your shower. They’re tough and wear-resistant and have a very low water absorption rate making them perfect for the shower floor or wall.


If you can’t get porcelain tiles, ceramic is your next best bet for your wood-look shower tiles. Ceramic is a bit softer than porcelain, making it a little easier to cut and lay. Ceramic is usually best for low-traffic areas.

How to Install Wood-Look Tiles


How do you bring your wood-tiled shower to life? If you choose to do it yourself, you’ll need to follow the following basic steps.

Choose Your Tile

The first step is the easiest. You need to start by choosing the tile that matches your aesthetic and maintenance goals. You’ll want to go with porcelain wood-look tiles for the best results. However, the style and type are up to you.

Plan and Measure

Figure out the square footage of your shower and measure how much tile, grout, mortar, and other materials you will need before you begin. Then, take time to determine the tile layout before you get started.

Cut to Size

You will likely have some tiles that need to be cut to size. Take the time to do that before you lay the tile, so they’re ready to go before you get started.

Apply Tile Mortar

Grab your mortar and apply it to your shower in small sections. You will probably want to use a tool like a notched trowel to do this. Place the tiles a few at a time and use spacers to help keep your position.

Place the Bottom Row and Work Your Way Up

As a rule of thumb, you want to start at the bottom and work your way towards the top. If you’re doing your shower floor as well, be sure to allow yourself a path out. In other words, don’t accidentally trap yourself in the shower. Be thoughtful and methodical about how you place the tiles.

Apply Grout

Be sure to let your mortar dry completely. Once it’s dry, you can remove your spacers and mix up your grout. Then, use a grout float to fill in all of the spaces between your wood-look porcelain tiles. Clean up any excess grout first with a damp sponge before leaving it to dry.

Seal and Clean

Once it’s all dry, you’ll want to take the extra time to seal the grout. Porcelain tile is water-resistant, but grout needs the added protection. Once it’s sealed, do a final clean-up of the tile, and your wood-tiled shower is complete. 

The Best Way to Buy Wood-Look Shower Tiles

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If you want to have the best wood-tiled shower, don’t use wood. Instead, go with porcelain tile that looks like wood. You can get the look you want without all the hassles and downsides of putting wood in a shower.

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