How To Lay Linoleum Tiles Diagonally

diagonal faux wood linoleum tiling
  • 8-12 hours
  • Beginner
  • 25-3,000
What You'll Need
Chalk line
Straight edge
Tape measure
Utility knife

Linoleum tiles are very useful in some areas of the house. They’re easy to clean and that can make them a good option where there will be muddy feet. You can bring something different to the way the linoleum tiles look on the floor. Most people lay tile in the traditional square pattern. That’s fine, but you can introduce something different to the design by laying the tile on the diagonal. Once you know how to do it, it’s not complex.

Step 1 - Reference Lines

In most cases, the room where you want to put the linoleum tiles will not be completely square. As the building settles the 90-degree angles can change. You can compensate for this, however.

Measure along one of the walls and mark the midpoint. After this, do the same on the other wall and snap a chalk line between the two midpoints. Do the same with the other two walls. Where the two lines intersect will be the middle of the room and the lines you’ve created will be your reference lines.

Step 2 - Working Outward

You have four separate lines on the floor in the room. Measure the distance of three of them going from the entrance to the wall and make marks to divide them evenly into thirds.

Now you need to use your chalk line to connect the points you’ve made. They need to be connected both on the diagonal and also so they connect at right angles, also known as orthogonal.

Step 3 - Center

Having created what are really reference lines for laying linoleum tiles on the diagonal you now need to give yourself a starting point by having a reference line that runs diagonally from corner to corner across the center point of the room. This is known as the apex line. Snap a line from one corner to the center, then from the center out to the other corner to create the apex line.

Step 4 - Laying Tile

For laying the tile you need to go quarter by quarter within the room, although these quarters are like triangles and you’ll work from the peak to the base. Begin between the lines of the diagonals you’ve created and worked your way through the quarter, using full tiles until there is no more room for full tiles.

To complete that quarter you’ll need to cut tiles to fit. Measure the space, mark on the tile with a pencil and then cut with your utility knife.

Step 5 - Remaining Tile

Go through every quarter in the room, each time starting at the center and working outward. Once you’re familiar with the technique it will go quickly. If creating a pattern on the diagonal linoleum tiles, pay close attention to be sure you maintain the design.

In each quarter you’ll need to cut tile to fit around the wall. Following these lines and reference points, your floor will stay even and centered in the room to give a professional look to your work.