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How to Lay Vinyl Tiles in a Diamond Pattern

By Edited May 25, 2015 1 1

Vinyl floor-tiles are a popular choice among homeowners and home decorators. Vinyl floor-tiles are available in a variety of styles, sizes, colors and patterns. Vinyl flooring is typically less expensive than stone or ceramic floor tiles. Vinyl-Tile is durable, long-lasting and they do well in high traffic areas of the home. Installing tiles diagonally makes a diamond pattern on a floor. Diagonally laid flooring creates an optical illusion and makes the room look bigger than it actually is. Another benefit for diagonally laid flooring is, it helps to hide crooked walls and rooms that are not square seem less obvious.


What you will need:


Graph paper


Tape measure






Utility knife or linoleum knife


Floor roller


Draw  it using the exact dimensions on graph paper. This is very helpful if you are two or more tile colors. Each square on the graph paper will correlate to each square on it.


Take all of the moldings off the base of the wall and around the doors.

Use a tape measure to measure the longest wall in the room. Draw an "X" on it showing  the halfway point. Measure the length of the wall opposite the first wall and make an "X" on it with chalk at the halfway point. Measure and mark the third wall and then measure the remaining wall. Make "X" chalk marks on it marking the halfway point for each wall.


Position the chalk-line on the "X" and stretch it to the "X" on the opposite side of the room. Snap the chalk-line. Snap a chalk-line from the third "X" to the "X" directly opposite. it now shows four quadrants. The point at which the lines cross over each other is the center of the room.


Place the chalk-line to the room's corner and stretch the chalk-line out to the opposite corner, snap the line. Snap a chalk-line between the other two corners.


Lay the first Vinyl-Tile with the point of the tile tightly touching the intersected lines. Peel the paper backing off the tile. lay it down and press firmly into it.


Align up the second vinyl floor-tile to the edge of the first flooring tile and push it into it in place. Move toward a corner of the room. Continue laying down the tiles until you cannot lay a whole tile down. Use the diagonal chalk-line as your guide.


Start at the middle tile, peel the paper off  the back and put the tile in place while moving toward the  next corner. Continue laying tile by following the chalk-line until you have a large "X" on it.


Follow the chalk marked  "X" guideline to add the remaining tiles until you covered the whole floor with tile.


Cut the tiles as you need them with a linoleum knife or utility knife.


Roll a floor roller over the newly laid tile. A heavy floor roller will press the tile in place and make them stick better.





May 27, 2011 4:32pm
Sound advice for anyone attempting a do-it-yourself project. Laying tile in a diamond pattern makes it look so much more interesting!
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