Upgrade Your Bathroom with Vinyl Flooring: Tips for Cutting Vinyl around the Toilet

Are you considering upgrading your bathroom and looking for an easy and quick way to do so? Installing vinyl flooring can completely transform the look of your bathroom. There are various types of vinyl flooring available, and if you’re specifically wondering how to install it around your toilet, we’ve got you covered. In this article, we’ll guide you through different methods of cutting vinyl flooring to fit around your toilet.

Upgrade Your Bathroom with Vinyl Flooring: Tips for Cutting Vinyl around the Toilet

Cutting Peel-and-Stick Vinyl Flooring

One of the easiest types of vinyl flooring to install is peel-and-stick vinyl flooring. It’s like applying big stickers to your bathroom subfloor or even layering them on top of existing flooring. Peel-and-stick vinyl flooring offers great flexibility and thinness, allowing it to contour to the surface it’s being laid on. These characteristics are particularly helpful when it comes to “tiling” around irregular shapes such as the base of a toilet.

When installing peel-and-stick vinyl around toilets or other irregular shapes, it’s best to save this step for last in your bathroom flooring remodel. Lay out and install all the whole-piece peel-and-stick vinyl first before attempting to work around your toilet.

Tools and Materials Needed:

  • Peel-and-stick vinyl
  • Tile spacers (use the same spacing used in the rest of the bathroom)
  • Newspaper
  • Marker
  • Scissors
  • Tape

Method:

To begin, you’ll need to create templates of your peel-and-stick vinyl.

Creating Peel-and-Stick Vinyl Templates

  1. Lay down all the full sheets of peel-and-stick vinyl that you can.
  2. Assess how many pieces of peel-and-stick vinyl you would need to fill the area if the toilet were not there.
  3. Create templates for each piece of peel-and-stick vinyl needed to finish the space if the toilet were not there.
  4. Create the template by not removing the adhesive protector on the peel-and-stick vinyl. Lay a piece of the peel-and-stick vinyl on a piece of newspaper.
  5. Use a marker to trace around the peel-and-stick vinyl.
  6. Cut out the outline from the newspaper, ensuring it matches exactly with the peel-and-stick vinyl.
  7. Make as many templates as necessary.

Installing Peel-and-Stick Templates

  1. Place the templates down as if they were pieces of peel-and-stick vinyl.
  2. Where possible, tape the edges where the templates meet the existing peel-and-stick vinyl.
  3. Secure the template in place with tape, then crease the newspaper template around the base of the toilet or use the marker to trace around the edge of the toilet on top of the template.
  4. Lay down the template tiles around the toilet, using either the crease or the mark method to determine the necessary trimming for your yet-to-be-laid peel-and-stick vinyl.
  5. Carefully remove the newspaper templates. Using a sharp knife to cut the taped connection between the newspaper templates and the in situ peel-and-stick vinyl may be helpful.
  6. Use scissors to cut along the traced line or creases in the template.

Tip: If you’re working with small peel-and-stick vinyl, it might be useful to number your templates. Numbering the templates will make recreating your toilet cutout easier.

Using Templates to Size and Trim Your Peel-and-Stick Vinyl

  1. Without removing the adhesive protector, lay down as many pieces of peel-and-stick vinyl as needed to tile around your toilet.
  2. Ensure you maintain the same spacing as used between the rest of the vinyl tiles in the bathroom.
  3. Apply tape to the edges of your peel-and-stick vinyl to ensure the spacing remains consistent.
  4. Place your newspaper template on top of the peel-and-stick vinyl, making sure all outside edges match. Tape the edges of the template to the peel-and-stick vinyl for accuracy if necessary.
  5. Trace the interior outline of the toilet base on the peel-and-stick vinyl.
  6. Remove the newspaper template.
  7. Similar to cutting vinyl siding, use kitchen shears or heavy-duty scissors to cut your peel-and-stick vinyl along the toilet base outline.

Installing the Trimmed Peel-and-Stick Vinyl

  1. While keeping the same spacing, remove the adhesive protector on your peel-and-stick vinyl tiles.
  2. Lay the trimmed peel-and-stick tiles around your toilet. If you’re attaching vinyl onto wood, take extra time to press the tile firmly to ensure a secure fit.
  3. Once all the peel-and-stick tiles are installed, use a ruler to remove any trapped air bubbles by running it across the surface of the tiles.

Cutting Vinyl Plank Flooring

If you prefer a modern wood-like appearance with the water-resistant properties of vinyl, vinyl plank flooring is an excellent choice. Trimming vinyl plank flooring to fit around your toilet follows a similar method to trimming peel-and-stick vinyl flooring.

It’s important to note that laminate flooring is not recommended for bathrooms due to its lower water resistance compared to vinyl. However, cutting vinyl planks is much easier than cutting laminate flooring.

Before cutting irregular pieces to fit around the base of your toilet, lay down as much vinyl plank flooring as possible. The process involves creating a template, cutting the planks to size, and finally, installing the trimmed vinyl planks.

Tools and Materials Needed:

  • Plank vinyl flooring
  • Tile spacers
  • Newspaper
  • Marker
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Jigsaw
  • Optional: Miter saw

Method:

Let’s break down the method into its parts.

Creating a Toilet-Base Template for Vinyl Plank Flooring

  1. Lay a newspaper on the subfloor around your toilet to create a template. Align the straight edges of your vinyl planks with the straight edges of the newspaper.
  2. Tape the newspaper in place and secure any overlapping sheets of newspaper together.
  3. Trace around the base of the toilet on top of the newspaper.
  4. Remove the template and cut out the marked toilet base outline.

Using Template to Cut Vinyl Planks to Size

  1. Lay out the vinyl plank flooring in the shape that would fit into the unfinished area around and under the toilet.
  2. Tape your template to the vinyl flooring.
  3. Use a marker to outline the toilet base on the vinyl.
  4. Use a basic miter saw to make any necessary perpendicular cuts in your vinyl planks.
  5. Use a jigsaw to cut the rounded shape of your toilet base into the vinyl planks.
  6. Install the vinyl planks around your toilet.

Tip: Make sure you use your miter saw and jigsaw in a safe location while wearing appropriate personal protective equipment. Both saws should cut through your vinyl easily. Take your time and think through each cut before making it.

Cutting Vinyl Floor Sheeting

Vinyl floor sheeting, although becoming less popular, offers a seamless vapor barrier between the humidity in your bathroom and your subfloor. It also tends to be less expensive than peel-and-stick vinyl and vinyl planks. However, we do not recommend installing vinyl floor sheeting around a toilet that is already in place. If the toilet is already installed, cutting a line from the wall to the back of the toilet base into the vinyl sheeting undermines its main advantage of being a seamless vapor barrier.

If you still choose to install vinyl sheeting around your toilet, follow these instructions:

  1. Cut out vinyl sheeting that perfectly fits the floor space of your bathroom.
  2. Create a template using newspaper to identify the exact location of the toilet base.
  3. Lay down the newspaper starting from the corner of the bathroom nearest the toilet and work around the base of the toilet.
  4. Transfer the template to your sheeting.
  5. Cut the shortest possible line from the edge of the toilet-base hole to the outside edge of your sheeting.
  6. Install the sheeting by applying adhesive and working from the interior of the bathroom towards the door.

Conclusion

Successfully installing vinyl flooring around your toilet requires accuracy and patience. Creating an accurate template is key, as it allows you to transfer the shape of your toilet base to a flooring mock-up outside of the bathroom. With the right tools and techniques, you can easily cut vinyl flooring to fit around your toilet and achieve a polished and professional look for your bathroom.