How to Cut Linoleum


A peel-and-press linoleum floor isn't the fanciest or most durable kind of flooring you can have, but nothing is easier to install. All you do is peel the paper off the back of the square tile and press it into place. Cutting the tiles is easy as well, and doesn't require specialized tools or power saws. Be sure to measure correctly, and keep the paper on while you're cutting.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Razor knife
  • Straight edge
  • Scrap plywood
  • Measure the floor space for the tile you need to cut. If it's against a wall, there's a good chance it will have to be cut at a slight angle, since most rooms aren't perfectly square, so take a measurement from both ends of the space.

  • Use a pencil to make two marks on the linoleum tile, one for the top measurement of the space, the other for the bottom measurement.

  • Lay the tile face-up on a piece of plywood. Lay your straight-edge over the face of the tile, lining up the marks on the top and bottom. Use a razor knife to make one straight, steady cut along the straight edge. You don't have to cut all the way down into the plywood, but make sure it's deep enough to go through most of the linoleum.

  • Pick up the piece and bend it from the back, at the cut line, until it snaps. Pull the excess piece off. The paper backing of the linoleum should come off with it. Immediately press the tile into place on the floor.

  • If you have to make a second cut, for a corner piece, make sure the paper backing doesn't come off when you remove the excess piece from the first cut. Slice the paper in back to prevent it from coming off, so you can lay the piece down for your second cut without having it stick to your plywood.

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