The Wall: How to Install Vinyl Flooring on a Wall

Looking for a creative home design idea? Here’s one: installing flooring on the wall! Vinyl flooring can create a stunning panelling effect when installed vertically. Find out how to make your own unique accent wall in any room.

One Day

Before You Start

Any type of floating floor can be used to create the desired panelling effect. For this project, we chose a vinyl floor with a natural wood grain print. Vinyl is a great option because it is washable, scratch-resistant, and light enough to be installed with construction adhesive, which means no nails!
  1. 1

    Measure the Surface Area of the Wall

  2. Steps:

  3. 1.1
    Ensure that the installation wall is structurally sound and clean. A straight wall will make for an easier install.
  4. 1.2

    Measure the wall to determine the square footage you need to cover.

Man measuring a wall
  1. 2

    Glue the First Row of Planks

  2. Steps:

  3. 2.1
    Take a half plank and glue it to the wall, starting on the left side. Use a level to keep it perfectly straight, and make sure that the groove is facing outwards rather than towards the wall.
  4. 2.2
    Hold the plank in place with a few pieces of tape as the glue dries.
Man gluing vinyl floor planks onto a wall

Pro Tip

Go easy on the glue—just a few drops is enough for a lasting and solid hold.

  1. 3

    Measure the Remaining Space

  2. Steps:

  3. 3.1

    Measure the space from the top of the first row to the top of the wall.

  4. 3.2
    Hold a plank securely in place with clamps.
  5. 3.3
    Use a utility knife and carpenter’s square to score a cut line on the plank, twice.
  6. 3.4
    Snap the plank along the cut line by using the side of your worktable.
Man measuring a space on a wall

Pro Tip

As you work, ensure that your cuts are straight. Leftover pieces will be used to start subsequent rows.

  1. 4

    Continue the Install

  2. Steps:

  3. 4.1
    Use a leftover piece for the next row, then follow it with a full-length plank. If the leftover piece is too similar in length to the plank beside it, choose a different piece or use a full-length one instead.
  4. 4.2
    Continue installing until the whole wall is covered, except for the final row.
  5. 4.3
    A rubber mallet can be used to tap down the joints if needed.
Man installing decorative planks onto a wall

Pro Tip

Give the project a more vibrant and lively feel by installing planks of random lengths.

  1. 5

    Install the Final Planks

  2. Steps:

  3. 5.1
    Measure the length and width of the last planks and cut them to size.
  4. 5.2
    Repeat the steps for cutting and gluing as described above.
Man cutting a vinyl plank
  1. 6

    Final Touches

  2. Steps:

  3. 6.1
    Apply latex to the edges of the planks using a caulking gun.
  4. 6.2

    For a perfect finish, smooth the latex with an applicator tool or a wet finger.

  1. 7

    Admire the Finished Project

  2. Steps:

  3. 7.1
    You’ve successfully installed a floor onto your wall! Admire and take pride in your work.
Man applying latex caulking

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