How to start laying a vinyl floor

Have you opted for a vinyl floor and would you like to install it by yourself? We will be happy to get you started and show you how to do it, step by step.

Before you start laying your vinyl

Measure the width of your room and divide the corresponding figure by the width of a plank. You now know how many full rows of planks you will need. Make a mark on the wall where you will be laying your last full plank. The remaining centimetres that you will not be able to fill with a full plank can be distributed across two planks that you can use at the ends of the floor. Do not work any narrower than 5 cm. This will promote the stability of your floor.

Installing the underlay

You are now ready to lay your underlay. If you aren’t sure how to do that exactly, be sure to watch our video “How to install an underlay for a vinyl floor?”.

Unpack and check your panels

After you have installed the underlay, you can take the planks out of the packaging and mix up the various planks from the different boxes to avoid having too many identical patterns and colour variations next to each other. Also Check all panels before and during installation in optimal light conditions. Defective panels must never be used. 

Determine the direction

You will get the best effect if you lay the vinyl in line with the longest wall, parallel to the angle at which the light enters your room. Ensure that the end joints of successive rows are never in line. This means that you will have to alternate your alignment of the end joints. Make sure that the short joints of your planks always stagger by at least 30 cm. This will ensure the best possible result.

Considering that a wall is hardly ever entirely straight, it is better not to lay your first plank flush against a wall.

1. Click Flex Vinyl

  • Turn the long side of the first panel of the second row into the already fitted panel at an angle of 20 to 30°.

    Move the panel to be fitted slightly up and down and at the same time exert some forward pressure. The panels will click together. Don’t forget to alternate the alignment of your end joints!
  • Then slide the third plank together horizontally. Slightly lift the plank to be installed by holding your hand underneath about 25 cm from the end.

    Push the short side joint down gently with your thumb moving from the inner corner towards the outside until you hear and/or feel a “click”. Always check each short side joint (height differences and openings) before continuing.
    You can press down gently with your thumb on top of every short end joint to ensure good locking. Don’t use a hammer or tapping block as it may possible harm your click connection. This is the easiest method for installing the Multifit click panels.

    Continue the installation like this row by row towards the end of the room. The easiest way is to be seated on your installed planks.

  • Install the first 3 rows at the wanted position close to the wall. Take a thin rope and hold it along the installed planks to check and adjust the straightness of your installed planks.

    Make additional checks of the straightness when the floor is installed in bigger areas, irregular shape or in one piece (without dilatation joints between the rooms).

    Remember the expansion gap along the perimeter of minimum 2mm (0,08inch) and preferably 5mm (0,20inch).

Pro Tip: For easy measuring, put a new row of planks exactly on top of the last one. Now you can mark the distance you need perfectly with a left-over piece of plank.

Pro Tip: Always leave a gap of approximately 5 mm between the plank and the wall. This will give your floor the room it needs to expand, which will prevent it from warping in the event of major temperature differences.

At the very end you can finish the floor with narrower planks. Do you have a wall that is not entirely straight? Measure the deviation using a bevel and transfer the measurement by drawing it on your vinyl plank. Cut out the shape you need and click the plank into the penultimate row.

Finished! Your room now has a beautiful vinyl floor.

For more details about the installation of Click Flex Vinyl, please check the installation instructions.

2. Glue down flex

  • Draw a line along the first two dry fitted rows. This line marks to which point the glue should be applied.

  • Dry fit now the first rows completely. It is strongly recommended to stagger the rows by at least 30cm so that the short edge seams are not in a straight uniform line. However you may want to try other patterns of planks to suit your taste.

    Make sure the first rows are on a perfect straight line. For instance, it is possible that your starting wall has a slight angle. You can check this by holding a thin rope and adjust the straightness of your floor where necessary.

    Before placing the planks in the glue, please make sure you have cut them to the right size so they neatly fit between the wall and the already installed plank.

  • Remove the dry fitted panels.

  • Apply the vinyl glue on the floor for about the same width as the two first rows. Always take into account the instructions of the vinyl glue. We recommend to use the specifically developed branded vinyl glue.

  • Install the first two rows following the starting line. Place the planks into the adhesive, adjust the correct position and push or roll down to ensure good adhesive transfer to the back of the planks. All glue residue should immediately be removed with a damp cloth. Never use detergents.

  • Use the same procedure to complete the rest of the room.

  • Use a heavy roll to ensure the best bonding and adhesive transfer. Wait no longer than 30 minutes before rolling on the installed area.

For more details about the installation of Glue down flex, please check the installation instructions.

3. Alpha Vinyl

Alpha Vinyl can be installed in two different ways. The preferred method is method A (angle-angle):

Method A

  • First, rotate the short side of the plank to be installed, into the short side of the already installed plank, by means of the angle principle.

  • Then raise the newly installed plank to an angle of 20-30°. This will also raise the previously installed planks in the same row, because their short sides are already connected.

  • Now place your BOTH hands close to the joint and pull the long side of the plank towards you.

  • The panels will now click together. You can either insert the tongue into the groove, or the groove on to the tongue. The tongue in groove method is the most common and easiest way. If method A is not possible (at hard to reach places by example), you can use method B (tapping).

Method B

With Uniclic® you can also join the panels, by tapping the planks into each other, eliminating the need to lift them. This method requires the use of the special Uniclic® tapping block. The planks should not be joined with a single tap. To avoid damaging the panels you must tap them together gradually.

  • You can angle the short or long side of the plank first and then tap to connect the other side.
  • In places where it is too difficult to install the Uniclic® planks with the tapping block (e.g. against the wall), you can pull them together using the pull-bar and a hammer.
  • After the installation of each plank and before continuing with the next plank, check each short and long side joint to make sure there are no height differences and no openings.
  • Continue the installation like this - row by row - towards the end of the room.The easiest way to work is to sit on the already installed planks.

  • Make sure you leave an expansion gap of 8 mm (5/16”) on all sides of the floor, around pipes, thresholds and under door frames.

For more details about the installation of Alpha Vinyl, please check the installation instructions.

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Please note: the information given on this page solely applies to Quick-Step flexible vinyl floors. For details about the installation of Alpha Vinyl, please check the vinyl installation instructions. 


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