How to Install Peel and Stick Tile

by Karianne WoodFebruary 23, 2017

Do you have a room or space that needs new flooring? Are you overwhelmed by the cost and different options available for flooring products? Why not think outside the box with a simple solution that’s cost effective and can be designed to fit your space perfectly?

Peel and stick tile. I know peel and stick tile might have had a questionable reputation before. But it’s been redesigned and reworked for easier application. In addition, it’s extremely affordable. Most peel and stick tile averages only $1.00 per square foot. Here’s a few tips and ideas on how to install it.
how to install peel and stick tile
Here’s the before in a space that needs a little help. I know, right? It’s a little underwhelming. The brick floor needs an update.

Here’s what the same room looks like with a new peel and stick tile floor.
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Before installing the peel and stick tile, the floor was cleaned and scrubbed thoroughly. After the floor dried, it was lightly sanded. The goal was to give the existing surface a little texture for the new tiles to adhere to.

Next, the floor was primed to prepare it for the peel and stick tile.
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The room was measured and the number of tiles was determined by the square footage of the room. A good formula is to purchase 1 tile for every square foot of space and then a dozen extra to allow for corners and extra cuts.

This pattern was created by using two different tiles in alternating colors and laying them on the diagonal. Before laying the first piece of tile, measure. And then measure again.

Next, snap a chalk line to determine the center of the room. Start from the center and work outwards. This ensures the tiles are straight in case the walls are slightly crooked. Peel off the backing on the tile and press it onto the existing floor. The first row of tiles is the hardest part. If those are installed correctly, the rest of the tiles fall neatly into place.

Rethink flooring options. Next time there’s a room that needs a refresh, peel and stick tile is a great alternative to traditional flooring. A floor like this can be installed in a weekend and provides an easy and inexpensive fix for a floor that needs an update.
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When you reach the edges, you’ll need to cut the edges of the tile to fit. Here, the existing flooring was joined with the tile using a stained threshold to create a finished look.

After the floor is finished, roll the tiles several times with a roller to ensure even application on the surface and prevent the tiles from popping up later. Lastly, cover the edges of the tile where it meets the floor molding with a painted or stained piece of quarter round.


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Karianne Wood
KariAnne writes the lifestyle blog, Thistlewood Farm, from the back porch of her turn-of-the-century farmhouse in the beautiful rolling hills of Kentucky. Thistlewood Farm was awarded Country Living Decorating blog of the year as well as named one of the top 10 decorating blogs by Better Homes and Gardens. KariAnne loves to paint mismatched chairs, listen to the crickets singing in the back pasture, walk hand-in-hand with her knight-in-shining armor as the sun sets over the river and drink sweet tea with lime during a thunderstorm. And she has never met a decorating project she didn't like.

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