How to cut vinyl tile around a toilet

Updated February 21, 2017

Vinyl tile is a common solution to bathroom flooring needs, and is one of the easiest flooring projects for the do-it-yourself homeowner. While installing vinyl tile along walls and the vanity is straightforward, many novices encounter problems cutting the vinyl for installation around the toilet. The key to this predicament is to make a template of the area to use as a guide when cutting each tile.

Cut a slit from the edge of the poster board to the centre point of the board, using a utility knife.

Place the poster board around the base of the toilet, cutting away excess board until you have a tight fit around the bottom of the toilet where it meets the subfloor.

Mark the poster board to reflect where the outside edge of each required tile will lie and remove the poster board from the toilet area. You have an exact template of the installation area.

Lay the poster board on a cutting surface and place the required number of tiles on top of the template in the pattern in which they will be installed around the toilet.

Cut between each tile, sliding the utility knife between the tile edges to cut the poster board beneath.

Tape each poster board piece to its corresponding tile and use the utility knife to cut through the pattern and tile.


Always seal vinyl tile around a toilet with 100 per cent silicone to prevent water from seeping beneath the tiles.


Always use gloves when cutting with a utility knife.

Things You'll Need

  • Poster board
  • Masking tape
  • Utility knife
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Robin Hewitt began her writing career in 2008. She is the coauthor of several books, including "The Joyous Gift of Grandparenting," which covers the nutritional and fitness needs of both grandchildren and grandparents.