How to install vinyl flooring in a bathroom

Updated February 21, 2017

Creating a new look for your bathroom is as easy as installing new vinyl flooring. Vinyl is a versatile and durable alternative to other flooring options. It comes in a wide variety of colours and patterns so it is sure to be a perfect choice for your bathroom design. Installing vinyl flooring can be a tricky job, though. It requires accurate measurements and a bit of coordination, but an accomplished do-it-yourselfer can complete it with the right tools.

Pull up and discard any old flooring in the bathroom. Remove skirting boards, quarter round mouldings and the toilet.

Ensure that the sub flooring is even. This can be determined by testing several areas of the floor with a level. If it is not, you may need to sand it or install plywood sheeting over the old sub floor.

Clean the sub floor thoroughly.

Measure the floor surface and create a pattern of all areas that will need to be cut away on pieces of cardboard.

Roll out the vinyl sheet so it is completely flat (you may need to move to a basement or garage for this step). Transfer the measurements and cutout templates to the flooring. Allow at least 2.5 cm (1 inch) of overlap to ensure the cuts are not too short.

Cut the vinyl at the markings using a utility knife and reroll the vinyl.

Unroll the vinyl sheet in the bathroom. Put it as close to the correct final location as possible. Cut the vinyl to the finished size.

Pull up an edge of the vinyl, starting in the corner of the room furthest from the door.

Spread a small amount of adhesive onto sub flooring. Keep the adhesive 2 inches from the wall. Allow the adhesive to sit according to manufacturer's instructions. Then place the vinyl flooring over that section of adhesive.

Continue the process around the room until all the vinyl is adhered.

Re-install the skirting boards and quarter round mouldings with a nail gun and finish nails. Put the toilet back in place according to manufacturer's instructions.


If required, roll the flooring with a 45 kg (100 lb) floor roller to remove bubbles and set the adhesive.

Things You'll Need

  • Pry bar
  • Claw hammer
  • Nail gun
  • Finishing nails
  • Adhesive
  • Adhesive remover
  • Floor roller
  • Adhesive trowel
  • Vinyl flooring
  • Utility knife
  • Level
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