Cutting Linoleum Tile: Tools You'll Need

  • Intermediate
What You'll Need
Vinyl tile cutter
Utility knife
Straight edge
What You'll Need
Vinyl tile cutter
Utility knife
Straight edge

Linoleum tile is commonly used in kitchens, bathrooms, and entryways for easy to take care of floors. Installing linoleum tile is a very straightforward process that is well within the skill sets of a general do-it-yourselfer.
Cutting linoleum tile can be something that you should take your time doing. It is not a hard process, but when you have the right tools to do the job it is a much easier process.

Straight Edge

As with any type of cutting, a straight edge is an important part of the cut. A straight edge can be anything that has at least on perfectly straight edge to it, but cutting a straight line with a sharp blade will call for a metal straight edge. Many home centers will sell a metal straight edge that is commonly used, but if no other option is available, you can always use a makeshift straight edge ripped on a table saw with a sharp blade and a good rip fence.

Sharp Cutting Tool

The best cutting tool for the job is the vinyl tile cutter, available at any home improvement center. Such cutters easily cut through the vinyl tile with little problem. If you don’t have one readily available, a regular utility knife can do the job of cutting the linoleum tile, but with more difficulty. Line your straight edge up and work the utility knife over the back of the tile several times to make a clean cut.