How to Lay Linoleum Flooring

Palmira S Nov 1, 2018
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Are you planning to lay linoleum flooring? This flooring is versatile, durable, and it can also resist high amount of moisture.
Linoleum is prepared by oxidizing linseed oil. After that, it is mixed with pine resin and wood flour to get a finished product. Linoleum flooring, being inexpensive and sturdy, is the best alternative to stone and wood flooring. This flooring is used in entry rooms, bathrooms, and kitchens.
These tiles can definitely enhance the look of bathroom flooring. These days, people also use it in bedrooms and living rooms. If you are planning to install them, you can either buy them in roll form or in the form of tiles.
But, the tile form is more popular, as it is easier to install. You can also try tiles of different colors, which can help you give a unique and elegant look to your home decor. You can mix and match these tiles, which will give a unique look to your whole house.

Materials Required

  • Linoleum
  • Adhesive
  • Notched trowel
  • Steel flooring roller or similar tool


  • The first and foremost step is to check if the layout is clean and free from dust, debris, or any kind of dirt. Along with this, you will also have to make sure that the floor is free from nails and staples. If the layout is not clear and plain, then you can think of putting a plywood on it. This will create your base for the flooring.
  • Now, you can begin with the actual process of laying the flooring. Find out and mark the center of the room. For marking the center of the room, choose one wall, measure the width of the wall, and mark its center. Similarly, find the center of the opposite wall and mark its center.
  • Draw a line starting from the center of one wall and ending at the opposite center. Follow the same procedure for the remaining two walls. The point where the two lines meet is the center of the room.
  • If you have a linoleum roll, then you can cut it down according to the size of the room. To be on the safe side, you can cut ½ inch extra. The next step is to unroll the flooring. If you come across any obstacles like pipes or vents while laying the roll, it is better to remove them.
  • After you have unrolled the linoleum and placed it on the floor, the next step is to unroll half of it and apply adhesive to it. After applying adhesive, gently lay it on the floor. Repeat the same process for the remaining part as well.
  • After you have applied adhesive to the whole roll, and have completely laid it, smoothen it and remove air bubbles if any. Start smoothening it from the center of the room. Use a floor roller to check if there are any air bubbles, and see if the linoleum roll has stuck well.
If you have opted for the tiles, then the process is pretty much simple, as you do not have to roll and unroll. You will have to put adhesive to individual tiles and stick them. Start from the center of the room, and then move outwards towards the walls.
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