How to Join Linoleum

Linoleum is a common flooring in kitchens and bathrooms, and is popular because it is relatively easy to install.

Any seams that appear between pieces of linoleum can be masked by proper joining.Any seams that appear between pieces of linoleum can be masked by proper joining.
However, with that ease can sometimes come unsightly seams between pieces of the linoleum if it is not installed with care. A careful plan and some tools will minimize any gaps when joining pieces of linoleum together, resulting in an even, clean finish.

Lay down the linoleum over the desired area. As the linoleum approaches corners and walls, some pieces might overlap. Measure exactly how much linoleum is needed, and then cut the excess with the utility knife. If the specific type of linoleum has a pattern on it, it may have come with a paper guide that can be laid on the floor in advance to help ensure pieces are put in the proper places.

Apply the linoleum adhesive to the floor, and then place the pieces of linoleum on top, beginning with the largest piece first.

Use the mallet to hammer together any pieces of linoleum that have visible gaps in between the pieces. Hammer the external piece from the side to ensure it fits snugly next to the other piece.

Roll over the seam with the rolling pin to ensure the two joined pieces of linoleum lay flat and the seam is even. Then roll the rolling pin along the rest of the linoleum pieces to ensure no bubbles or bumps remain after it has been applied to the floor.

Remove any excess adhesive that may have been squeezed up and out when linoleum pieces were joined together with a wet rag.

Things You Will Need

  • Utility knife
  • Linoleum adhesive
  • Mallet
  • Rolling pin
  • Rag

Tip

  • Make sure the adhesive is applied evenly and consistently across the floor. This will ensure the pieces all lay evenly and there are no deviations in height along the floor that could be tripped on.

Warning

  • If the room is poorly ventilated, a mask covering the mouth may be appropriate, as some linoleum adhesive can give off offensive fumes.

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