How to install a temporary tile floor

Old linoleum or vinyl tile flooring can be challenging for renters. What do you do if you can't replace them but can't stand looking at them? The easy renter-friendly solution is installing tile on tile: you can cover up the old vinyl tiles with a semi-permanent DIY vinyl tile flooring that you can remove later without leaving a trace. Watch this episode to see how easy it is to install a temporary vinyl tile floor with double sided tape - it completely transforms a drab and ordinary kitchen into a space full of color and personality!

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  1. Cory

    I want to update a room with carpet….it is for our dog to use and is not very visible to guests…can I use this same process over short carpet?

    • Isabelle

      I wouldn’t recommend doing this on carpet – it would be best to use some plywood over the carpet and put tile on that.

  2. Amy

    modularitytiles.com is no longer in business.

  3. I got Ace Carpet Tape (Fiberglass). Anyone know if this will 3335come up clean?

    • Isabelle

      I’ve never used that tape before so I can’t say for sure – I would test it on a small area first to see how it works.

  4. hi my name is shoaib I want to get same cloors vinyl tile how I can order how I will get same tile please late me know

    • Isabelle

      Hi Shoaib, The tiles are unfortunately no longer available – the manufacturer stopped making them. I haven’t found a replacement yet but I’ll let you know if I do! Thanks for watching, Isabelle

  5. Kat

    Hello Isabelle!

    Thanks for the great video! I am so upset that the tiles are no longer available as I was hoping to put a temporary black and white check floor in our garage for an art studio (I don’t like the look of the “garage tiles” b/c they have a foam feel and I’m wanting more of a vinyl feel). Do you think I could use the peel and stick tiles, but instead of uncovering the layer with adhesive, just use the double-sided tape? I’m guessing this would not work, but thought I’d ask if you had suggestions. I loved your idea so much!! Thank you!! :)

    • Isabelle

      Hi Kat, I was disappointed as well when I heard that the tiles stopped being available. I haven’t tried what you’re suggesting but it might be worth it to try with a few tiles to see if it works. I’m on the lookout for a substitute product and will let you know if I find something! Isabelle

  6. Allie

    Hi, I was wondering if there is any good idea about carpet on steps for the rental I’m in. I want to make it look better!

    • Isabelle

      Hi Allie, one thing you could do is cover it up with another flat woven rug – just use double sided carpet tape to secure it to the existing rug. I covered up the carpet in my living room with one from IKEA (SINNERLIG) (you can see it in this video http://bit.ly/1V0PY06 ) and it comes in a runner size which perhaps could work for stairs? Hope this helps, Isabelle

  7. Emma

    i love this idea! I’m about to move into an apartmentwith very ugly floors and i would love to cover them up. too bad we can’t buy these tiles anymore! do you think a peel and stick vinyl flooring using your double sided tape meathod it could work?
    I’m thinking if i used the double sided tape instead of the typical method of installationthat it would leave no residue? i’m renting and would need to be able to leave the apartment with no trace of the flooring having been there.
    Emma

    • Isabelle

      Hi Emma, I know, it’s too bad they don’t make the tiles anymore. The double sided tape I used with the Modularity tiles didn’t leave any residue at all on the floor. I haven’t tried using the tape with another type of tile but my guess is that is would probably work. Might be worth testing it first with a few tiles to see what happens before committing to the entire floor. Let me know how the experiment goes if you end up trying it! Isabelle

  8. Ehra

    I love this idea! Can I use this for plywood floors? Do you have any suggestions on how to design plywood floor? Thank you so much!

    • Isabelle LaRue

      Hi Ehra, Unfortunately, the tiles aren’t being sold anymore. But you could use peel and stick vinyl tiles if you own your place – I do believe they work on plywood as well.

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