How to cover tile floors

Whether you don't like the colour or style of your tile floor anymore, or you need to warm up the floor, you can cover the floor up easily without spending a lot of money. Before deciding on a method for covering your tile, consider the area where the tile exists. Painting shower tiles, for example, won't work well. Putting a rug over slippery ceramic tiles in a high-traffic area is probably not a good idea either. Determine what type of traffic the floor gets before deciding what to cover it with.

Lay a rug over the area of the tile floor you wish to cover. This is the simplest way to cover up a tile floor. Be sure the rug has a rubber backing for grip protection.

Install wall-to-wall carpeting directly over the tile. Vinyl tiles are easily covered up with carpeting.

Lay vinyl flooring over the tiles. Ceramic or stone tiles with a lot of texture may not work with this method since you may be able to detect the tile under the flooring. Vinyl or smooth stone and ceramic tiles take this type of covering well.

Install a wood or laminate floating floor over the tiles. This gives you a new, fresh look without having to remove the tiles first. A floating floor does not need to be nailed into the floor, but instead, is attached to other pieces of flooring.

Paint the tiles with a colour you prefer. It is important to repair any cracked tiles first and re-grout before painting, if necessary. If the tiles are smooth or glossy, sand them first to give the paint something to adhere to. Prime the tiles first if they are a dark colour.

Things You'll Need

  • Carpet
  • Vinyl floor
  • Laminate or wood floor
  • Paint
  • Sandpaper
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Michelle Hogan is a writer and the author of 13 books including the 2005 bestselling memoir, "Without a Net: Middle Class and Homeless (With Kids) in America." Hogan studied English at American University and has been writing professionally since 1998. Her work has appeared in "The New York Times," "Redbook," "Family Circle" and many other publications.