How to Apply Vinyl Tiling to Bathroom Walls

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  • 3-5 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 50-400
What You'll Need
Vinyl tiling
Tile adhesive
Rubber roller
Utility knife
Tape measure
Chalk line

Vinyl tiling is a very versatile covering for floors, walls, countertops, and anything else you want to be able to clean easily. Most of the time, vinyl covering is found on bathroom floors. However, this peel and stick type of covering can also be used to decorate and finish off the bathroom walls. This type of vinyl is not only very easy to clean, but also comes in a wide variety of colors, designs, and shapes. With an almost unending supply of designs, you are sure to find an exact match for your home. Here are some steps to take in applying vinyl tiling to your bathroom walls.

Step 1 - Clean Wall

The first step to covering your walls with vinyl tiling is to clean them as thoroughly as you can. This is the most important part of the entire process. If there is any type of dirt, debris, or residue from another wall covering the adhesive will not stick very well and there will be little bumps throughout the vinyl tiling. To clean the wall use a mild detergent with warm water. Wipe the wall with a sponge and then dry with a clean rag or towel.

Step 2 - Find Center of Wall

pink gloved hand wiping a wall

Once the wall has been cleaned of any type of dirt and debris you can begin to lay out the vinyl tiling for your bathroom wall. To do that you need to find the center point of the wall. Measure both the height and the width of the wall in order to find this location. Snap a chalk line for both the vertical and horizontal direction. By doing this you are making sure that you use more full pieces of vinyl tiling.

Step 3 - Set First Tiles

Vinyl tiling is very easy to stick onto a wall. Most types of vinyl tiling have peel-and-stick backing, but will still require that some adhesive be applied. Start at the center of the wall. This is where you will stick four pieces of vinyl tiling along each of the axis points. Spread a thin layer of adhesive with a notched trowel, then peel off the backing of the vinyl and position it in place. Do this with all four pieces.

Step 4 - Continue Setting Vinyl Tiling

pile of vinyl flooring samples

With the first parts in place, use a level to ensure they are going in a straight line along both the horizontal and vertical points. Continue setting the tiles in the same method until you get to the wall area where some trimming will be needed.

Step 5 - Trim Vinyl Tiling

Once you get to the edge of the wall you will need to do a little bit of trimming of the vinyl tiling to make them fit. Set a tile on the wall in position and mark where it needs to be cut. You can also measure the opening and then transfer it to the tile. Use a utility knife to make the cut. Set the tile on the wall.

Step 6 - Roll Out Vinyl Tiling

Place a rubber roller on the tiling and make sure that they all make contact with the adhesive.