From measuring a room to getting the perfect finish, our expert guide covers everything you need to know:
1. How to measure a room for LVT
2. Tools you’ll need when fitting LVT
3. Preparing a sub floor for LVT flooring
4. Laying LVT underlay
5. Fitting vinyl in difficult areas
6. Fitting a door bar
7. Using Which? approved Carpetright fitters
As is the case with all DIY jobs, preparation is key when it comes to laying luxury vinyl tiles, and getting the correct measurements is the most important element of all. If you start with the wrong dimensions, you could end up buying too many or too few.
A good way to start is to draw a simple diagram of the rooms that are being fitted with LVT. For square or rectangular rooms, simply multiply the width by the height. For example, a room that is 5m x 2m will need 10m2 of vinyl.
Watch our step-by-step guide to accurately measuring a simple room. It's never been easier to get a perfect fit.
Learn the basic steps to accurately measure a room with extra areas by watching our helpful video.
Accurately measure a room which requires a join by learning how from our step-by-step guide.
Having the right floor installation tools for the job is crucial. You may already have many of these at home, but if you don’t, most DIY outlets sell fitting kits.
You’ll need the following tools to install luxury vinyl tiles:
• Mitre saw
• Flooring kit (including spacers and pull bar)
• Stanley knife
• Tape measure
• Safety goggles and face mask
• Masking tape
• Vacuum cleaner
One of the great things about vinyl is that it can be laid on to a variety of different surfaces, as long it is flat and clean.
Underlay is not an optional extra – it’s an integral component that shapes how Luxury Vinyl Flooring feels, wears and looks.
The right underlay will add comfort underfoot, absorb shock and noise effectively, and act as an insulator, meaning you could save money on your energy bills.
1. Lay the underlay over the entire floor and trim to size, cutting a 16mm gap around any pipes.
2. Lay lengths parallel and stick together with masking tape.
Unsure about what kind of underlay to fit under your luxury vinyl flooring? Why not read through our guide to buying underlay or pop into a local store for more expert advice?
Storing your tiles in the relevant room for 24-48 hours prior to fitting is important as it will bring it to the temperature of the room. If the room is particularly cold, it can be worth putting the heating on to bring the temperature up. The best temperature for fitting LVT is between 18 – 30 degrees centigrade.
1. Sweep or vacuum your sub-floor.
2. Click systems allow the LVT panels to be clicked into place with ease. We suggest you begin in a corner, working from left to right.
3. Put the head ends together in the first row.
4. Push the short side joint down gently with your thumb, moving from the inner corner towards the outside until you hear a “click” or use your rubber mallet to secure the joints together if you need to.
5. Ensure the short side ends are closed by knocking gently on the short side click connection with your wrist.
6. Follow this system for the second row and then join the two rows together once finished.
7. Continue to do this until you fill the area as desired.
Now you’ve fitted your new luxury vinyl tiles, there’s just one more thing left to install to ensure you achieve that perfect finish – door bars. Door bars serve to join different flooring types across door thresholds neatly, and can really make a difference.
We’re proud to offer an external professional fitting service that is approved by industry experts. Our recommended fitters have all passed the rigorous assessment process to become a recognised Which? Trusted Trader.
By choosing to have your new LVT fitted professionally by our recommended fitters, you’ll be able to enjoy it without the hassle.
It’s just one less thing for you to worry about.
Find out what you can expect from our recommended fitting service here.