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Laying sheet vinyl or linoleum flooring

  • Difficulty: hammer hammer
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    Beginner Do-It-Yourselfer - Easy
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  • Completion Time : 1 Day

Installing sheet vinyl or linoleum is a relatively simple job but one that requires care and accuracy. This project describes how to lay sheet vinyl and linoleum using the glue-down (or full-spread) method and provides instructions on how to cut the flooring using a template made from paper. While the template method is suitable for small rooms or rooms where several cuts are needed, it is less practical for large rooms, where it may be easier to work freehand or trim the sheet directly on the floor in the room.


Tools and materials required


  • Stapler
  • Utility knife
  • Felt marker pen
  • Hammer
  • Dust mask
  • Floor roller
  • J-shaped seam roller
  • Metal ruler
  • Trowel


  • Flooring adhesive
  • Staples
  • Finishing nails
  • Protective sealer
  • Sheets of paper
  • Vinyl or linoleum
  • Adhesive tape

Before Assembly


The substrate is the surface on which the new flooring will be laid. Vinyl can be laid over concrete, floating floor underlayment, flexible (resilient) floor coverings bonded to the subfloor, and ceramic or marble tiles.

In all cases, it is essential that you properly prepare the surface of the substrate, which must be:

  • Clean, dry and dust-free
  • Smooth
  • Flat and level

Laying over concrete
Fill any cracks or dips and level the surface with a self-levelling compound.

Laying over wood flooring
Strengthen and secure the planks by nailing down any that are loose and sealing the gaps.

Laying over flexible or resilient flooring

Do not install on top of a cushioned surface such as carpet!
Remove the old flooring and all traces of glue or adhesive.

Laying over tiles
Level the surface and fill the joints.


Leave the floor covering and adhesive at room temperature for about 24 hours.

Make sure you have the recommended adhesive for your chosen floor covering and try to use one with a low VOC (volatile organic compound) content. Follow the manufacturer's instructions.

Air the room well when you work, to allow the adhesive fumes to escape.


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Lay vinyl or linoleum flooring
Laying sheet vinyl or linoleum flooring