How To Lay Vinyl Flooring

You’ve got many choices when it comes to vinyl flooring, with it coming in two varieties: sheet vinyl and vinyl tiles. From there, you can choose styles, patterns, colours and much more. Most retailers will recommend you get a professional in to install your new flooring. We will show you how to install sheet vinyl yourself.

The Steps 

  1. Measuring Your Space
  2. Your Tools
  3. Preparing Your Space
  4. Underlay
  5. Fitting Sheet Vinyl

Measuring Your Space

Preparation is key when it comes to any DIY job. Fitting vinyl is no different. It is key that you double and triple check these numbers before getting your vinyl. Where possible, use a single sheet of vinyl to reduce the chances of splitting and wear and tear.

To measure your space:

  • Make a simple diagram of your space. Don’t worry about the accuracy of the diagram – it really doesn’t matter.
  • On the diagram, mark the length of each wall – this bit does need to be accurate!
  • Add an extra 50-100mm to each edge.
  • For a square or rectangular space, simply multiply the height by the width to find out the area.
  • If the room is more complex you will still need to find out the complete surface area and cut around the obstructions. Or, if it’s easier, you can separate the larger space into smaller sections and work out each f these.

Your Tools

It’s vital you have the right tools for the job, you can find these at any store that has building supplies.

You will need:

  • Vinyl Adhesive
  • Knee Pads
  • Measuring Tape
  • Pencil
  • Sponge
  • Stanley Knife

Preparing Your Space

While vinyl is fantastically versatile, there are still some things to consider:

  • Clear your space! Make sure there’s no furniture or fittings to get in the way.
  • Leave the vinyl flooring in the space you are going to lay it for at least 24 hours. This is so it gets to the room temperature of the space.
  • Try to remove any existing flooring as much as possible. If you can’t, make sure it’s clean and secure.
  • Don’t apply vinyl or recently treated wood or damp concrete. Wait for it to dry completely.

Underlay

The versatility of vinyl really shines here. Because vinyl is already cushioned, you don’t need to use any underlay.

Fitting Sheet Vinyl

To begin with, unroll your vinyl and place the longer side of the sheet parallel to your longest wall. Roll it out so it overhangs and runs up the wall about 75mm.this allows for ant mistakes when you are cutting. Using your pencil, mark along the edge of your skirting where you need to cut the vinyl. To help keep the vinyl in place, place your finger below your pencil mark.

Once you’ve marked the vinyl, use your Stanley knife to cut along the line. Cut in half metre sections to save you stepping over your vinyl and accidentally damaging it. Start with the back edge and move around the back edge.

Next, trim the vinyl to the corners using two vertical cuts. Once the vinyl is in the corner, mark and trim the excess sheeting.

At doorways, use a spirit level push against the outside of the doorway to get a straight line.

Once all the cutting is complete, go back to your starting point and roll back the edges of the vinyl. If the space you are in is poorly ventilated, wear a dust mask for this bit. Dip your trowel in adhesive and apply to the floor using short movements. Start at the back edge and apply around 50-75mm around the corners.

Once the glue is applied, press the vinyl into place using a wet sponge. Use the wet sponge to remove any air bubbles by pushing from left to right. Slowly move to the left side then the right, working towards the doorway.