How to install linoleum flooring in a bathroom without removing the toilet

Removing the toilet in your bathroom to lay linoleum flooring is a lot of work and not necessarily needed. It’s much easier to work around it. You can create a perfect finish with patience and care. The technique for working around a toilet is well established and used by many professional linoleum and vinyl fitters. Laying linoleum and vinyl require the same general techniques. However, laying linoleum is more difficult because of its stiffer character, according to flooring retailers Armstrong.

Follow B & Q’s advice and start laying along the longest wall. Place the edge of the roll into the corner and unroll it along the wall. Cut it slightly longer than necessary, sit the piece properly, then trim it accurately to length.

Lay the linoleum up to the toilet pedestal base. Fold the sheet back on itself. Cut a straight line from the edge towards the pedestal. Take care not to cut beyond the fold. If you do, the cut may show when you have completed the job.

Trim off any excess pieces that obviously need to be removed. Make more cuts near the pedestal base as necessary until you get the sheet to lie flat. Use a bolster chisel to make a sharp crease in the remaining linoleum around the edge of the pedestal base.

Cut carefully along the crease until the linoleum sits perfectly around the pedestal. Consider sealing the edge with silicone sealant. This will help cover up any slight cutting errors.


If you use linoleum tiles, working around the toilet is even simpler, as tiles are easier to handle than sheets. However, the overall job will take longer.

If your walls are not square, use a home-made scribing gauge to trace an accurate profile of the skirting board onto the edge of the linoleum. Hammer a nail through a block of wood so the point is just protruding. With the linoleum laid out a short distance away from the skirting board, run the block against the skirting board so the nail scribes a line on the linoleum. Then cut along the line.

Fix pieces down with full spread adhesive, suggests Find Any Floor.

Things You'll Need

  • Scissors
  • Utility knife
  • Bolster chisel
  • Silicone sealant
  • Full spread adhesive
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Frank Luger had his first educational resources published in the early 1990s. He worked on a major reading system for Cambridge University Press, became an information-technology adviser and authored interactive whiteboard resources for "The Guardian." Luger studied English literature and holds a Bachelor of Education honors degree from Leeds University.