Step 4: Start tiling at the room's center

tiling a room from its center
Photo: Shaffer Smith Photography
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Sweep each quadrant clean.

Tile the floor one quadrant at a time, beginning at the center point.

Peel off the backing sheet from the first tile and set it into the corner formed by the intersecting chalk lines. Press the tile to the floor.

Set the rest of the tiles in the quadrant. Work out from the first tile in a step pattern, first out along the chalk lines, then filling in (as shown).

Continue until you reach the last course before the walls; then start on the next quadrant.

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    Tools List

    • electric heat gun
      Electric heat gun,
      for softening tiles so they're easier to cut with a utility knife
    • tile cutter
      Vinyl tile cutter,
      available at rental shops for about $15 a day
    • chalk line
      Chalk line
    • utility knife
      Utility knife
    • 16-foot tape measure
      Tape measure
    • undercut saw
      Undercut saw (for trimming bottoms of door jamb and casing
    • push broom
      Dust broom
    • framing square
      Framing square
    • sanding pad
      Sanding pad with 100-grit paper,
      for sanding leveling compound
    • hammer
      Hammer
    • rolling pin
      Rolling pin or J-roller

    Shopping List

    1. ADHESIVE-BACKED VINYL TILE

    2. LEVELING COMPOUND

    for underlayment



    3. PLASTIC BUCKET AND 6-INCH DRYWALL KNIFE

    for mixing and spreading leveling compound



    4. KNEEPADS

    5. SHOE MOLDING

    to conceal gap along baseboard



    6. 1 1/2-INCH (4D) FINISHING NAILS

    to attach shoe molding