Install New Vinyl Kitchen Floor Tiles Install New Vinyl Kitchen Floor Tiles

A new vinyl tile floor can give a tired looking kitchen a brand new lease on life and even better, it's a relatively inexpensive job a DIY'er can take on with confidence. Here's how to install new  vinyl kitchen floor tiles.

  • Measure the length and width of your kitchen (including under the fridge, stove and dishwasher) to determine the square footage you need to cover then add about 10% for wastage (and to ensure you will have some matching tiles left over to use as replacements down the road). Since most vinyl tiles are 12" square one tile will cover 1 square foot.
  • When shopping for tiles look for a simple pattern and tiles thick enough to last (as well as a long warranty).a simple pattern is easier to install than an intricate one and while cheap, thin tiles may save some money now, they will quickly wear and lose their attractiveness.
  • Removing any base boards before you start tiling will allow you get tiles tight to the wall so your finished project will have a professional appearance. You also need to take all the furniture and large appliances out of the room to give yourself room to work. Finally, if the existing floor is uneven, use a leveling compound available at home and hardware stores to level it out.
  • You want to start laying your vinyl tiles from the center of the room then work outward to the walls so your next step is to measure the kitchen from side to side and end to end to find the center point. Once you find the center, draw straight lines (chalk line, pencil lines) on the floor to act as guidelines for laying tiles.
  • Now, starting at the center of your room put the first tile in place (without removing the paper backing). Vinyl tiles usually have directional lines on the paper backing so give each tile a quarter turn as you lay it down so your floor pattern has some extra character. While doing this "dry fitting" don't cut any tiles, it's best to wait until you have the majority of the floor actually laid down before you do any cutting.
  • When you're happy with your layout, go back to the center of your kitchen, remove the paper backing of the first tile and press it firmly in place. Continue the process, peeling the paper backing and pressing the tiles into place being careful to get the tile edges tight against other. This will give you a seamless floor that will be waterproof and won't leave any tiny cracks where bacteria could grow.
  • Close to the wall, cut your tiles using a vinyl tile cutter (home stores rent them) rather than a utility knife which could leave a jagged edge.
  • After all your tiles are down, roll the entire floor with a tile roller (also available at home stores) to press them firmly in place.

Now all that's left to do is replace your baseboards, move your appliances and furniture back in and enjoy your beautiful new kitchen floor.

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Murray Anderson is an experienced freelance writer whose work has appeared on numerous web sites, in newspapers and books in both the US and Canada. He is often cited as an expert on home related topics.

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