How To Install Vinyl Plank Flooring

Vinyl plank flooring is a beautiful flooring option that mimics wood, or even tile. You may have never thought of using vinyl flooring, as it is usually considered a cheaper alternative, but newer vinyl flooring (luxury vinyl) is very thin, durable, and easy to install. To look at vinyl planks installed, you can't tell that it's vinyl. Even the feel of the planks can mimic wood grain. See below for instructions on how to install vinyl plank flooring in your home.

Tools For The Job:

  • Vinyl plank flooring (enough for the room plus a few extra pieces)
  • Rubber mallet
  • Belt sander
  • Brad nailer
  • Compressor
  • Utility knife
  • Tape measure
  • Square


  1. Start by measuring your floor to get the right amount of flooring for the project. Some stores will let you return the planks individually that you don't use, so be sure to check the store's return policy.
  2. Next, since the planks are not very thick, you can usually go right over the flooring already in place, as long as it's level and in good shape. Flooring that is cracked or broken below should be removed. You can't go over tile though, since it's not completely level. Check that the floor below is level, and if not, sand it with the belt sander to smooth out high spots. 
  3. If the floors are going to sit beneath door jambs, be sure to cut the door jamb so the vinyl will slide underneath. You can use a multi-tool to make this cut to make it easier on you.
  4. Start laying the floor by laying it perpendicular to the longest length wall, this way you'll make less cuts when putting in this flooring. Be sure to leave a gap at the walls of about 1/8" to 1/4" to allow for expansion. To make cuts, measure what you need, then use a straight edge and a marking pencil to mark the measurement, then use either a utility knife or snips to cut the piece to size.
  5. Snap the pieces of the floor together. The pieces fit together with a tongue and groove. If need be, use a scrap piece and a rubber mallet to push them together firmly. Vary the pattern of the pieces to give it a different look, and stagger end pieces at least 6 inches.
  6. When finished laying the flooring, install a baseboard and quarter round to finish off the look. You'll be left with a beautiful floor that no one will ever guess was vinyl

Installing vinyl plank flooring is not too difficult, just be sure to take your time and vary the pattern to keep it from looking redundant. 

For more information, you will want to contact a company such as Thayer Decorating Center.