Introduction

finished linoleum tile floor
Photo: Ryan Benyi
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If the word "linoleum" makes you think of grandma's flecked kitchen floor, think again. In tile form, linoleum offers a nice alternative to ceramic or wood, and certainly vinyl, in just about any room: It's colorful, cushiony underfoot, and warm to the touch. It's also hypoallergenic. That's all thanks to its construction of linseed oil, sawdust, and cork. Best of all, the tiles click together to form a floating floor, meaning they go down without needing to be glued. Follow along as This Old House senior technical editor Mark Powers demonstrates how to lay this eye-catching floor, and you may never think of linoleum in the same way again.

Download and print templates for various tile patterns

Tiles: Forbo Marmoleum Click 12-inch Square Tiles in Lime and Barbados, $6.99 per square foot; Green Building Supply

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    Tools List

    • 30-foot tape measure
      tape measure
    • assorted colored pencils
      colored pencils
    • graph paper
      graph paper
    • flush-cut handsaw
      flush-cutting saw
    • utility knife
      utility knife
    • wooden spacer blocks
      -inch spacer blocks
    • jigsaw
      jigsaw with a 14-tooth-per-inch blade
    • hand clamps
      clamps
    • hammer
      hammer
    • combination square
      combination square
    • cpld chisel
      ½-inch chisel
    • caulk gun
      caulk gun
    • miter saw
      miter saw to trim shoe molding
    • pneumatic finish nailer
      pneumatic nailer to install shoe molding
    • air compressor
      air compressor

    Shopping List

    Forbo Marmoleum Click 12-inch square tiles Get 10 percent more than the area to be covered.

    foam underlayment

    translucent vinyl adhesive caulk

    paintable white caulk

    18-gauge brads to install the shoe molding

    shoe molding