We’ve done a few fun things to our “spec” home Master Bedroom: designer paint, a feature wall, DIY furniture and a sliding barn door. One of the things we chose not to upgrade during the build process was the flooring, and it was something we’d been wanting to change, but hadn’t found the right product yet. We did a lot of research on vinyl flooring and were pleased to find Lifeproof Sheet Vinyl flooring at The Home Depot. It was the right price point and the color selection was exactly what we were wanting. We chose the color Restored Rosewood and were so glad to see they made a natural looking wood choice that fit the style of our bedroom.
Although we originally had carpet in our bedroom, we knew we would soon want to switch out the flooring to a) better fit our style and b) to safeguard against a puppy stains and natural wear and tear with little ones. We loved the fact this sheet vinyl flooring is stain, scuff and scratch-resistant and super easy to clean. That’s our kind of flooring!
Materials for Sheet Vinyl Installation
- Utility Knife
- Floor Roller
STEP 1: REMOVE CARPET
The first thing we did was remove the carpet and got it all cleaned up! It’s important to clean the concrete (or wooden sub-flooring) as well as you can before applying the adhesive. That means you’ll need to remove all tack strips (if you removed carpet like we did) and scrape up any existing concrete splatters or other bumps in the ground.
Sweep it all up and you’re ready to lay the vinyl.
STEP 2: MEASURE AND CUT SHEET VINYL FLOORING
When you purchase the flooring it comes with a helpful installation guide that tells you exactly what type of adhesive and tools you’ll need. First, you’ll cut the vinyl for the exact space you need. This can easily be done with a simple utility knife.
STEP 3: ENSURE PATTERN ALIGNMENT
Unless your room is perfectly square or rectangular and less than 12 ft. Wide (since that’s the width it comes), there will naturally be seams when laying this type of sheet vinyl. Be aware of your pattern and try your best to line it up with the existing pattern. Since this wood has a textured appearance, it is VERY forgiving in that regard.
STEP 4: APPLY ADHESIVE AND INSTALL SHEET VINYL FLOORING
Then you’ll apply the adhesive in a thin layer using a u-shaped trowel, in two foot sections at a time. You’ll spread the adhesive, then roll out the vinyl over top every two feet. Glue, Roll, Repeat.
STEP 5: REMOVE AIR BUBBLES
You’ll want to keep a close eye on air bubbles as you go. These will occur and are to be expected. Once you find one, simply use this rolling tool to guide the air out towards the edges.
If you would have told us that THIS was sheet vinyl we would have never believed you! In fact, we were skeptical of the even the words ‘sheet vinyl’ but boy, were we wrong! And we’re glad we were, because this is our favorite flooring in the whole house. It is the most heavily detailed, textured sheet vinyl we have ever seen.
It completes our master bedroom, and although we took the carpet out, we added SO MUCH WARMTH with the character of this ‘Restored Rosewood’ selection by Lifeproof. It completely enhances the space and was a total home run when taking into account cost, ease of install and maintenance.