Peel and Stick Flooring: How To Install Without Demolition!
Before we start, we want to say hi! We’re Jonathan and Jenna—a DIY couple living in Arizona, renovating our first-ever home into a place we love! Jonathan works in construction and Jenna is the social media guru. Together we’ve tackled just about every corner of our home, sharing it on Instagram and TikTok.
Back to our flooring solution: Peel-and-Stick, my three favorite words. Or is it one word? We didn’t want to rip out any flooring, and we were skeptical of temporary solutions like peel-and-stick, but we wanted to try it so we could know for sure if it would work.
Here’s our bathroom BEFORE peel and stick flooring:
Materials For Installing Peel and Stick Flooring:
- Peel-and-stick tile of your choosing (we used ClingTiles brand)
- Utility knife or sharp blade to cut the tile
- Measuring tape
- Extra adhesive backing if you’d like it to last longer
- Waterproof caulk (if you’re using it in a bathroom)
- Clean/and dry your existing floors
- Lay out the peel-and-stick tiles for a “dry fit”
- Peel off backing and apply tile directly to floor, cutting as needed to fit the room
- Once all tiles are laid, caulk edges of room
Jonathan and I worked together to lay the peel-and-stick flooring, and it only took a few hours! (It was our first time using a peel-and-stick option so we wanted to do it *perfectly*)
In-Depth Steps For Installing Peel and Stick Flooring:
First, Jonathan made ALL the cuts before we did anything. We laid them all down as a “practice” dry fit round before sticking them down. All he needed was a utility knife and measuring tape. The hardest cuts were around the toilets or corners, but for most of the flooring we could use the whole board without any major cuts! I moved boards around so the tiles wouldn’t look too uniform or too dark in certain areas. This was the fun part: seeing it all come to life!
After the dry fit, you want to clean your existing floors. I cleaned the floors with a vacuum, water, and then Krud Kutter. You want CLEAN floors for this. I put all the tiles into piles in the same order we designed, so I would know which tile goes in first, second, third, etc.
Finally, we peeled off the backing on each board, added some double-sided adhesive for extra strength, and laid it down! It’s been 6+ months already and they look the same as the day we installed them. They’re super sturdy, and when I walk on them they feel just like regular flooring.
I was worried our grout lines or textured tile would somehow make the tiles uneven, but that didn’t happen! They lay super flat and even, and I smile big every time I open the door (cheesy, but true).
The Final Result
It really took 3 easy steps:
1. Cut and plan out the layout
2. Clean floors
3. Peel and stick down!
If you rent an apartment or home, or if you want an easier DIY, this is for you! Simply place the tile over your existing floor and watch the whole room change before your eyes!
For more DIYs or to learn more with us, check out our Instagram and TikTok: @jonathanandjenna
For more amazing tutorials from Our Faux Farmhouse contributors like this accent wall from Savannah Kay Designs, check out the Our Faux Farmhouse blog here.