How to Install a Black & White Checkered Vinyl Floor

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How to Install a Black & White Checkered Vinyl Floor
(black-and-white pattern image by Alexey Klementiev from

Black and white checkered floors give any room a striking look as well as a bit of a retro feel. When installing the tiles, you need to take great care to make sure the first tiles are in perfect alignment with one another or the lines of the entire floor will be thrown off. Any unevenness will be glaringly obvious because of the starkly contrasting colours.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Measuring tape
  • Chalk snap line
  • Black and white self-adhesive floor tiles

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  1. 1

    Measure length and width of the room. To do this accurately, measure the length of the room with a measuring tape along the longest continuous wall. Do the same for the width.

  2. 2

    Find the centre of the room. The centre of the room is where you lay the first pieces of flooring. Divide both the length and the width of the room by half, and measure it out on the floor.

  3. 3

    Mark the half way points of both the length and the width. When these two lines intersect, it creates a "plus" sign. This is the centre of the room.

  4. 4

    Snap a chalk line. Line up the chalk line with the centre mark you made for the width and snap it so the chalk line runs the entire width of the room. Repeat the process for the centre mark you made for the width.

  5. 5

    Dry fit the first block of tiles. Using four black and white tiles, dry fit them by lining up one corner of the each tile with one corner of the intersection of the snapped chalk lines.

  6. 6

    Install first tile. Remove the backing from the self-adhesive tile and line the corner of the tile up to one corner of the chalk line intersection. Press down firmly. Repeat this process to install the four starter tiles.

  7. 7

    Establish the first length and width rows. Lay one row of tiles down along the width of the room along the snapped chalk line. Repeat the process to establish the first length row.

  8. 8

    Continue installing the tiles, alternating length and width rows. Alternating from length to width rows ensures the black and white draughts line up throughout the entire room and the lines remain straight

Tips and warnings

  • Always clear the room first. Clearing the room of everything that sits on the floor allows you to see the lines and patterns of the black and white draughts during the installation process.
  • Never forget to sweep. Self adhesive tiles fail to stick as well, sometimes not at all, if there is even a little bit of dirt and debris on the floor. Give the room a clean sweep with a broom before installation.

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