Subway Tile

Wholesale Subway Tile

Subway tile are always a sight to behold be it in walls, backsplashes, and accent spaces. Some consider them classic looking while others would argue that they could easily become modern or any way you like them to look in just a few design twitches.

When it comes to subway tiles, one of the most reputable manufacturers to check out is Tiletell. From design, pattern, colors, styles, expertise and service, Tiletell is a standard of excellence. Get to know Tiletell and our wide range of subway tile offers with this guide.

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Whatever design scheme you are eyeing for, best know that Tiletell offers a wide range of subway tiles for any type of tile pattern. You can easily go for the classic stacked pattern, or the more intricate herringbone, geometric, diagonal, step ladder and more.  


You will find this one as one of the strongest suits of  Tiletell. From classic white and neutrals to more vibrant tones, you can choose from our wide range of subway tile products. If you are into mixing and matching subway tiles colors to complement your wall or furniture, you are sure to find a match with our subway tiles.


This one is determined by where the tile shall be installed. Regardless, you would be glad to know that Tiletell has a large in-stock supply of small, large, and large format subway tiles to suit your needs and preferences.


As to style, Tiletell has a reputable selection of subway tiles in different colors and patterns. Overall, you can have the freedom to choose any style to your liking because you have a lot of subway tiles to choose from.


Our brand of tile crafting does not also fall short if we are talking about materials. Tile Tell does not only feature porcelain or ceramic subway tiles. We also have marble, glass, and mosaic materials. From classic to bespoke and decorative, Tile Tell has the right tile material for you.


To top it all off, you can also choose from a variety of finish options with the subway tiles of Tiletell. We have virtually all types of finish options, from polished to matte, gloss, honed, glazed, and texture. This is important especially when considering both style and functionality.

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Subway Tile:Where Can They Be Used ?

There are a lot of ingenious ways as per the application of subway tile. This is the reason why they are one of the go-to tile choices in different settings. Here are some of the most common applications of subway tiles. 900+ Projects from hotels, restaurants, and residential kitchens & baths to recreational spaces.

Kitchen Backsplashes

Home and Apartments

When it comes to home and apartments, you will find subway tiles mostly in backsplash walls, in the kitchen and in the bathroom. For those who love classic touches, it is the perfect residential tile. Aside from this, it is also easy to clean and is very durable.

Bathroom Showers

Office and Schools

Due to its durability, wide range of finish, patterns, and cost-efficiency, subway tile are also very common in offices and schools. Just as in residential areas, they are mostly installed in high-traffic areas such as cafeteria kitchens, bathrooms, and sink tops.

Homes and Apartments

Bars and Restaurants

Subway tile in barsand restaurants are also a common sight because of their industrial flair. They are also versatile and decorative at the same time, keeping the visual interest in these high-traffic places.

They are also a practical choice because they are easy to clean. Porcelain and ceramic subway tiles are the most appropriate to install for bars and restaurants.

Bar and Restaurants

Hospital and Healthcare Facilities

Just as in bars and restaurants and residential areas, subway tiles are usually applied in full walls and in bathrooms. Again, the cost-efficiency, the easy application, delicate colors, and easy to clean yet durable character of subway tile make them a practical choice for hospital and healthcare facilities.

General Hot Selling Products

Our subway tiles are used for different tiling projects worldwide today. Take a look at our best sellers to see why they are so popular!


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Estimated Cost Analysis For Subway Tile

For the practical minds, it is important that you know the base price points of the subway tile that you shall choose. The estimated cost for subway tiles differs depending on the area size of where it is installed, as well as the pattern, size and shape of the tile itself. What must be added to the overall estimate, however, must also include freight, shipping and other fees.

The Process Flow & Duration Estimation

For you to know the fine art of subway tile manufacturing, here is the process flow and duration estimation of each square. From preparation to shipment, you are sure that only the best and most innovative techniques are employed to ensure quality and durability.

Step 1 – Preparing Raw Materials (2-3 days)

The preparation of raw materials usually takes 2-3 days. Most subway tiles are made of ceramic. The minerals along with feldspar and silica are extracted. After gathering all the raw materials, they are mixed together with water and then processed by either crushing or grinding.

Raw materials preparation

Step 2 – Tile Formation (1 day)

This process takes one whole day. It is where the color of the tile is mixed to the clay mixture. After which, excess water is removed through spray drying. It is then formed and pressed with the intended size and shape. After this, the formed clay is dried again.

Tile Formation

Step 3 – Printing and Glazing of Tiles (1 day)

The glazing process, on the other hand, takes a day to finish. The subway tiles are run in a high-pressure spray of glazing mixture to ensure even distribution. Different types of glazes are used depending on the style, design and pattern of the subway tile.

Tile Glazing

Step 4 – The Firing Process (1 day)

This process also takes one day at most. The glazed tiles are now heated at extreme temperatures of up to 2000⁰C. By doing this, all excess moisture is eliminated and at the same time binds the grains of the tile for it to maintain its shape. After this process, the tiles are trimmed and polished.

The Firing Process

Step 5 – Packing and Shipment (30 days)

This phase takes up the most days due to varying locations for shipment. In this process, quality control is done before packing. All the subway tiles must pass industry grade standards before they are packed and dispatched to warehouses.


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The Common Pitfalls When Purchasing from China

If you intend to purchase subway tiles from China because of its relatively cheaper price, you have to be aware of the following concerns.

Quality Issues

This is a common issue when it comes to purchasing tiles from China. Generally, there are a lot of complaints about poor grade tiles. The most common of these concerns would be uneven sized, uneven coloring, and brittleness of tiles.

Delayed Delivery

Due to the distance, travel restrictions at the moment, import-export, as well as port and customs issues could easily delay the delivery of your tiles if you purchase them from China. If you can find reputable local manufacturers in your area, it would be a better solution.

Environmental Issues

Wholesale manufacturing is always flushed with lack of environmental accountability. Chinese factories are often branded with improper waste disposal and lack of eco-friendly strategies.

Why Wholesale Subway Tile in TileTell?

Certified Manufacturing and Quality Control

Tiletell is one of the major tile manufacturers in China. To get to such status, it is compliant to international quality standards, producing globally certified quality products.

Factory-Directing Price

In so far as competitive prices are concerned, Tiletell offers the best wholesale options at reasonable price points. Directly sourced out of the company, best believe that wholesale prices are globally adherent to factory directed prices.


You no longer have to worry about your order being rejected by wholesalers. We undertake wholesale chevron tile orders from a low MOQ of 100 SQM. You can start your tile business with a limited product range.

Logistics, Inventory, and Shipment Solutions

From order canvassing, to placement up to shipping, you can depend on skilled and good customer service personnel to guide you. The network of global agents of TileTell also ensures that the various needs of their clients all over the world are met at a prompt and skilled manner.

The FAQs About Subway Tile

Subway tiles often refer to those small rectangular tiles, often at 3x6. They are commonly laid horizontally at a 50% offset. They were popular residential and commercial tiles during the 60s. Even up to today, they are preferred not only for their ease of installation and cost-efficiency but also their clean, classic look and versatility.

Yes, but they have moved to trendier, more colorful and playful patterns. Modern subway tiles also include larger sized subways and have integrated more design patterns such as herringbone and geometric for a more contemporary subway tile shift.

The classic subway tile pattern means that the tiles are installed in a 50% offset. This further means that the center of the tile must align with the edges of those stacked above and beneath it. However, as time went by, this rule has been abandoned. As a matter of fact, the one-third and one-fourth offset rule are now more popular subway tile patterns.

The standard size of subway tiles has always been 3x6. But due to its versatility and popularity in a wide range of applications not limited to residential and commercial, other dimensions of subway tiles now include 2x4s, 4x8s and 6x12s.

At the beginning, subway tiles were generally made from ceramic material because they are low cost, durable and low-maintenance. But at present, you can find subway tiles made from ceramic, glass, and even porcelain.

The most popular subway tiles color is still white and the other neutrals. This is not just because of their dainty look and subdued effect but also because they can go well for any type of space. Nonetheless, more vibrant tones of subway tiles became popular from 2019 up to today.

Relatively, no. This is the reason why they are a popular choice for residential and commercial units. This is especially true for ceramic subway tiles or when you choose the classic white subway tile.

The good thing about subway tiles is that they can also be installed DIY. There are a lot of subway tile installation tutorials on the net which cover all the essential steps and techniques needed for subway tiles installation. But of course, if you are not confident with your skills, you can always hire a contractor to do the installation for you.

Just as other ceramic or porcelain tiles, subway tiles can be cleaned by merely thoroughly wiping it or cleaning it with water and soap solution. When it gets too murky or stained, a dash of baking soda and water mixture would suffice.

Just as other ceramic or porcelain tiles, subway tiles can be cleaned by merely thoroughly wiping it or cleaning it with water and soap solution. When it gets too murky or stained, a dash of baking soda and water mixture would suffice.

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