Do it Yourself Lay Your Own Sheet Vinyl

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Very Flexible Sheet

This image is a typical moden soft backed sheet vinyl. These come in a general width of four metres

flexible sheet

It is very flexible , I have folded this piece back to demonstrate

This image is a typical moden soft backed sheet vinyl. These come in a general width of four metres

These wood plank pattern types have proven to have one mail disadvantage: The wooden plnk patterns always run across the width of the vinyl. This means if you wish to install this patern in a hallway, then laying the plank pattern in line with the hallway will probably be an economical impossibility.

A nicely lengthed 4 metres x 1 metre hallway gives very little option to wich way the planks run. The same applies to your bathroom, shower and laundry area (Aprox 4metre x 2metre (not sqare), This means ensuring that the two end walls do not end up with the patern running into or up the wall.


Three marks on the floor that match the marks on the sheet vinyl are all we need to make sure the vinyl is laid square

Quick Measure A Roll Of Vinyl

This is an easy way to check the measurement of a roll of vinyl.

You are hoping that there is, say 24.5 metres. And you do not want to roll the whole roll out merely to find there is only 10 metres left.

The method above work well, and will record an accurate measurement within about 30cm.

Firs step Find yourself an A3 piece of paper, Most layers have access to a DUNLOP measuring planner. perfect for the job intended.

2nd Step simply fold it in half

3rd Step roll in into a circlend

4th Step Insert and ensure a tight fitting

5th Step Mark the inside measurement

6th Step Mark the outside measurement

Add the two measurements together

31.2 cm
73.5 cm
= 104.7 cm

Now all you have to do is count the number of coils starting from the inside (start of the coils) working your way to the outside)

Mutiply Half of 104.7 = 52.35 x 18 = 9.42
I never count the leftover bit

Test Image

DIY Sheet Vinyl


On the first D.I.Y. evening, a couple of women were attending this first demonstration. They both liked the weight and feel of the bolster – it was heavy and worked superbly.

This simple tool, and using it to rub the carpet against the wall and transfer the chalk marks to the back of the carpet, was simple.

One of the women told me they had dressmaker sheers (scissors) at home. So she never needs to buy any tools. Most attendees just needed something to rub the carpet into the chalk line.

On the first ‘Do It Yourself’ evening, we sold several rooms of carpet to keen buyers. The rubber-backed trend onlylasted a short while. This style of carpet never lived up to its potential.

I later branched out into demonstrating a sheet vinyl D.I.Y. There were flexible types of vinyl (not as flexible as today’s) domestic sheet vinyl through which I developed a technique that most handypersons could manage.

I always suspected that the main reason for a succesfull DIY instruction is



a nicely lengthed 4 metre x1 metre hallway gives very little option to whichway the planks run. The same applies to our bathroom, shower, and laundry area (approx 4m x 2m (not sqare). This means insuring the two end walls do not end up with the pattern running up the wall.

The shape of this small area will possibly not permit a D.I.Y. person to visualy see if the planks lay square to the walls. What could be worse than sitting on the toilet, looking at the floor and the wall to your right with the wood plank running skew- whiff?

(definition of skew-whiff = British, informal: not straight; Askew


About Coving Up Walls

Coving the corners For D.I.Y. Lay your own sheet Sheet Vinyl


FIRST UP Glue the cove fillet

A Cove fillet is a curved piece that allows you to make a gentle curve between the floor and the wall. It looks like this (Image left)

It comes in small rolls. Most floorcovering and many hardware shops will have these rolls in stock.

The Fillet cove should be ‘contacted’ (contact adhesive -Type of glue) to the base of the wall and floor.

I always put my contact into a plastic bottle with a nozzle. The perfect item for storing and applying contact is an empty sauce bottle.

It is the perfect applicator, Knock it over, and it does not spill

A small piece of carpet is the perfect applicator. I have never used a paintbrush (there is no point in buying something you will throw away if you stop using it for half an hour).

Quick Coving 2

Coving the corners  For D.I.Y.  Lay your own sheet  Sheet Vinyl

FIRST UP Glue the cove fillet


This fillet coving creats a nice even curve that the sheet vinyl can follow.

NOTE The sheet vinyl should be laid leaving at minimum

4 inches up the walls Any wall areas not being coved (ie toilet bowls , cupbords that reach floor level etc) (should be cut in as described in previous pages

These silver metal corners cover a sheet of vinyl inside the corner. They cover up possible problems at the corners of your room. These are an excellent repair solution. They are approximately 6 inches high, and they cover the corner from floor height up to 6 inches if necessary. (most coving is around the 4 inch mark.

The bottom portion is contoured to the shape of a standard cove. They are easily trimmed to a shorter height using a pair of snips. They can adhere to vinyl, linoleum, or sheet goods using a hot glue gun.

Net weight: 1/4 oz. Per corner.

Image above is a typical Hot Mrelt glue gun. gun with glus stick can be found at your local hardwear store. These are not expensive. not messy, handy to have in your tool box. these guns save a lot of messy glue problems.