If you’ve been wanting to change the look or feel of your home, flooring can have a big impact. Beautiful floors add elegance, charm and warmth, and have the ability to completely transform a home. If you’ve got some spare time on your hands, or your budget is tight, DIY flooring allows you to get the floor you love for less. Thanks to innovative manufacturing and smart features, installing floors yourself has never been easier, regardless of your skill level. As well as being easy to install, these do-it-yourself flooring options look great and let you enjoy your home without busting your budget. So, what are the best DIY flooring options and how do you install them?
Vinyl Plank Flooring
Perhaps one of the fasting growing flooring categories, vinyl flooring, is renowned for its highly resilient, low maintenance and water-resistant properties. Vinyl floors replicate the appearance of popular natural Australian hardwood or stone but perform significantly better. And, they can safely be installed in any room of the home, including the bathroom, kitchen and laundry room, without being at risk of wear and tear.
How to Install Vinyl Plank Flooring
Vinyl plank flooring is one of the easiest to install DIY flooring options due to its tongue and groove system. To install your floors, use a 6mm spacer to create an expansion gap and begin laying your planks. Ensure that the flat side is against the wall and the tongue is facing out. Once your planks are aligned and in position, click them into place using a rubber mallet on the seam. If you need to adjust the length of the vinyl, simply do this with a utility knife and a straight edge.
Vinyl Sheet Flooring
Vinyl sheet flooring comes as a large roll printed with the high-resolution image of your choice. In comparison to vinyl planks, vinyl sheets are more affordable but can be harder to repair or replace if they become damaged. Although sheet vinyl comes as one sheet, it can be printed with grout lines to create a more authentic appearance.
How to Install Vinyl Sheet Flooring
Vinyl sheets usually take a few hours when installed by the average DIYer. Only once the subfloor is clean, dry and smooth, you can lay down the sheet and cut it into a template using a utility knife. Using double-sided tape designed for sheet vinyl, tape around the doors and the edges of the room. Finally, remove the protective layer from the tape and press the vinyl into place.
Peel-and-Stick Vinyl Tile Flooring
Peel-and-stick vinyl tiles are a great DIY flooring option when you want to give a space a quick makeover. They’re incredibly easy to use and can be used in any room of the house, including wet rooms such as the bathroom, kitchen or laundry. There are many design options to choose from, including beautiful neutrals, bright coloured tiles and even wood-look designs. They’re made from durable vinyl, are cost-effective and have permanent adhesive to withstand regular use.
How to Install Peel-and-Stick Vinyl Tiles
Installing these tiles is simple, simply trim to size using a utility knife or scissors (for thin tiles), peel off the backing and stick them to your floor, subfloor or a flat surface. It’s recommended to first map out the room using a tape measure and a chalk line and install the tiles from the centre outwards. This will make it easier to cut the tiles to shape and ensure a flawless finish.
Which DIY Flooring Option Will Perform Best?
Our team of flooring specialists recommend vinyl plank flooring for its durability, longevity, and reliability. Vinyl plank’s flexible and high-performance properties give it the ability to withstand heavy knocks and everyday mishaps, without losing its aesthetic appeal. As well as this, it’s waterproof, easy to clean and ideal for high traffic areas of the family home.
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View the range in our New Farm store, contact us or book a design appointment to speak with a flooring and design specialist. We can provide advice on your DIY project, and help you choose the perfect flooring to make your home look beautiful.