How to Lay a Linoleum Roll


Linoleum is a tough and durable decorative flooring, ideal for brightening up hallways, kitchens and utility rooms. Available in rolls with an almost limitless number of colors and designs, linoleum is easy to clean and maintain. By fitting it yourself, you can save the cost of a professional installer and be able to complete the job relatively easily compared to other floor coverings.

Things You'll Need

  • Hygrometer
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Linoleum cutting knife
  • Adhesive
  • Applicator
  • 1-foot length of 2-by-4
  • Floor roller
  • Test your floor is suitable for linoleum before fitting. Ideally it should be a flat, clean, solid surface such as concrete. Check the moisture level of the concrete with a hygrometer. New concrete floors take up to four months to dry completely and linoleum should not be laid during this period.

  • Measure the dimensions of the floor area, using a tape measure. Record the length and width of the room, position and width of doorways and the location and dimension of any non moveable furniture. It is a good idea to sketch a plan of the room and mark the measurements as a visual guide.

  • Lay the cardboard on the floor of a larger room than the one in which you'll be fitting linoleum. Use an outside space if such a room is not available. Roll out the linoleum on top of the cardboard. The cardboard stops the linoleum underside from picking up dirt and also protects the inside floor covering during cutting.

  • Mark the measurements taken of the floor onto the linoleum, using a pencil. Add an additional 3 inches to the overall length and width of the measurements. If the linoleum is to fitted up to a cupboard, add 3 inches to the measurement from the adjacent wall to the cupboard.

  • Cut the linoleum along the pencil marks, using a linoleum cutting knife. Roll the linoleum up and stand upright in the room it is to be laid in for 24 hours. This allows the linoleum to acclimatize to the humidity and temperature of the room.

  • Roll the linoleum out on the floor, ensuring it is free from grit and dust. Push the linoleum into each corner and against each wall surface with the excess material folded upward. Check that the linoleum is aligned square to the walls and has been measured correctly.

  • Roll back half the linoleum and apply adhesive to the floor using the adhesive applicator. Roll the linoleum over the floor, pressing it firmly into the adhesive. Roll back the other half of the linoleum and spread adhesive to the floor. Roll the linoleum back down, pressing firmly as you go.

  • Trim along the edges of the linoleum with the cutting knife. Use the flat edge of a 1-foot length of two-by-four to help keep a straight edge and to push the linoleum firmly into the corner.

  • Smooth away any air bubbles trapped under the linoleum with a roller. Allow 24 hours for the adhesive to set before walking on the linoleum or returning furniture to the room.

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