How to lay vinyl tiles: a step-by-step guide from a DIY expert

Exposed bathroom floor with vinyl tiles on top
(Image credit: Steven Jenkins)

If you don’t know how to lay vinyl tiles, don’t panic, we are here to show you how with this easy-to-follow DIY guide. Here we show how to tackle laying self-adhesive tiles – also known as peel and stick – and laying down tiles with an adhesive. Both follow a very similar process, but with a few subtle differences.

When tiling a floor, vinyl is a good choice as it's relatively easy to install, hard-wearing and comes in a wide range of styles and colours. 

As with any type of vinyl flooring, however, good preparation is key to fitting it correctly. Find out how to work out where to start laying your tiles, how to cut for a good fit, how to apply adhesive and some must-know tips for vinyl tiles. 

Steve Jenkins

Steve Jenkins is a freelance content creator with over two decades of experience working in digital and print and was previously the DIY content editor for Homebuilding & Renovating. 

He is a keen DIYer with over 20 years of experience in transforming and renovating the many homes he has lived in. He specialises in painting and decorating, but has a wide range of skills gleaned from working in the building trade for around 10 years and spending time at night school learning how to plaster and plumb.

He has fitted kitchens, tiled bathrooms and kitchens, laid many floors, built partition walls, plastered walls, plumbed in bathrooms, worked on loft conversions and much more. And when he's not sure how to tackle a DIY project he has a wide network of friends – including plumbers, gas engineers, tilers, carpenters, painters and decorators, electricians and builders – in the trade to call upon.