Installing Self-adhesive Vinyl Tiles in a Bathroom

Vinyl tiles.
  • 3-6 hours
  • Beginner
  • 300-500
What You'll Need
Self adhesive tiles
A ruler
Box cutter
Bath caulk

If you are planning to install self-adhesive vinyl tiles you should make sure that you complete the task in a fully professional way. Laying the tiles is not difficult since they are self-adhesive. The only thing you need to do is to remove the paper from the back and stick them to the floor straight and flat. However, in order to get there, you need to prepare the bathroom floor properly. The way in which you lay the tiles is of significant importance because of the appearance of the bathroom. This is a room where your friends and visitors will also enter, so you need to work carefully and cautiously.

By following these steps you can install self-adhesive vinyl tiles in your bathroom. These tips aim at making the procedure easy and quick. This task can be completed without the need of a professional but you can still turn it to a professional-looking result that will add style and a long-lasting quality to your bathroom. And needless to say, if you follow these tips you can also save money.

Step 1 - Prepare

The first thing you need to do is to prepare the floor; if your surface base is made of concrete or plywood you need to level it and prepare it with a primer that you can find at any local store. If the surface is made of linoleum you just need to clean the surface properly. This step is very important because old flooring or damage such as bad molding can get in the way of installing the new flooring. Self-adhesive tiles will not stick properly if you do not clean or remove old flooring completely. Make sure that you get rid of all debris and dirt from the bathroom floor.

Step 2 - Start Installing

Before actually starting with the installation you need to find your starting point. The best idea is to place the tile at a 90-degree angle. If you have vanity furniture in the bathroom you can use it as a guide for lining up the tile. Take a pen and draw a line from all corners of the bathroom.

Step 3 - Install the Tiles

Take the tiles and remove the back paper. Lay the tiles flat and press them in place. Make sure that each one matches the edge of the others. Use the tiles at the areas where you do not need to cut any of the tiles.

Step 4 - Deal with the Tricky Parts

The bathroom has tricky parts, such as the toilets. If you want to cut the tiles around the toilet, create a template using the paper backings. You will probably need to repeat that a few times before ensuring a perfect fit.

Step 5 - Seal the Edges

Once you are done, seal the edges making use of the bath caulk. Apply a line of the caulk and smooth it with your finger. You can remove any excessive caulk using a sponge.