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How to install vinyl flooring in your room by yourself?


A lady is installing vinyl flooring by herself.

To install vinyl flooring in your room, you can follow these general steps:


1.Gather the Necessary Tools and Materials:

  • Vinyl plank flooring

  • Measuring tape, chalk or crayon, straightedge

  • Vacuum

  • Tapping block, rubber mallet

  • Vinyl floor adhesive and notched trowel (for glue-down planks)

  • Safety goggles, work gloves, knee pads

2. Prepare the Subfloor:

  • Ensure the subfloor is clean, rigid, level, and free of cracks

  • Remove any carpeting or old vinyl flooring

  • Temporarily remove the baseboard or molding at the bottom of the wall

3. Measure and Cut the Planks:

  • Measure the size of the room to determine how much vinyl plank flooring to purchase

  • Cut the planks to accommodate the room size and shape

  • Stagger the ends of the planks between each row for the best appearance

4. Install the Vinyl Planks:

  • Start in the center of the room when using a glue-down method

  • Lay the planks, appropriately spaced from the wall

  • Use a tapping block and a hammer to make sure each plank is flush with its neighbor

5. Finishing Touches:

  • Trim the planks to fit for the border

  • Leave the manufacturer-recommended amount of expansion space between the planks and walls

  • Replace the baseboard by nailing it to the wall, not the flooring

  • After installation, remove spacers and roll the entire floor in both directions using a floor roller



It's important to note that the specific steps may vary based on the type of vinyl plank flooring you are installing (e.g., click lock or glue down). Always refer to the manufacturer's instructions for detailed guidance.


If you have basic hands-on experience and the required tools, it is feasible to install vinyl plank flooring yourself. However, it's essential to avoid common beginner mistakes.


Always prioritize safety and accuracy when undertaking a DIY flooring project. If you encounter any challenges during the installation, consider seeking professional assistance.

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