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. Ami

    Can I use this to cover up real tile?

    My kitchen floors have mismatching partially painted tiles and it’s so annoying. The landlord isn’t willing to replace them.

    • Isabelle

      It could work but the tiles and the grout lines have to be flush – it won’t work very well if the floor isn’t smooth.

  2. kitchen remodeling

    its relay amazing and also good for make a good style floor.

  3. Samantha

    I want to do this with a vinyl sheet over already existing vinyl sheets in my apartments kitchen and bathroom. I was just going to tape around the edges to hold it down, do you think this would work? Also, when removing the flooring how do I make sure I do not damage the existing floor?

    • Isabelle

      Hi Samantha, From my experience with the tiles and the double-sided tape, you need to have every tile touch the tape. Removing the tiles is really easy – pry the first tile off with a screwdriver and then all the rest comes off and there won’t be any trace on the floor. You can see how I removed mine in this video at 4:30s:

  4. Melissa

    I love your website doing the NYC balcony as we speak while stain is drying. I was looking at this page. My landlord has given me permission to change the kitchen. Its a small galley style. My dog chewed the vinyl on there now so seems hard to use this as a reference. How would you go about changing a kitchen floor cheap and beautiful. I really hate what he had to begin with kinda glad the dog ate it. But he wont replace it. Its up to me and I cant afford the pro’s.
    Thanks for any help. Again love love love your website!

    • Isabelle

      Hi Melissa, Thank you so much! I guess it all depends on wether you’re planning on taking the existing floor off and what your budget per square ft is. I’ve seen a lot of creative flooring solutions on Pinterest and Apartment Therapy so that might be a good source to check some ideas of what people have done. From what I understand, the modularity tiles I used in this project are no longer available. Hope this helps some. Thanks again, Isabelle

  5. David

    Love your website and your focus on rental studios. I’m moving into a studio and the space has parkay wood flooring – YUCK. I’m cover the living/sleeping area with sisal. But do you think parkay wood will be ruined by the tape?

    • Isabelle

      Thank you David. From my experience with using the double sided tape, it won’t leave any residue on the parkay floor. Unfortunately, I did recently find out that the tile has been discontinued by the manufacturer.

  6. stav

    hi isabelle:)
    first of all great idea!I really loved it.
    i wanted to apply your method in my apartment’s bedroom.
    i live in tel aviv(israel)were the climate is known to be very worm and damp during the summer and I wanted to ask if there is any chance that this might influence the durability of the glue or might compromice the application of the method in any way?

    • Isabelle

      Thanks! I don’t think the temperature/humidity should have an impact on the application or durability, but unfortunately, this product has been recently discontinued by the manufacturer. Isabelle

  7. Halle

    What brand of double stick tape did you use?

    • Isabelle

      I used the tape sold by the Modularity tile company but unfortunately, they don’t sell this product anymore.

  8. Desiree

    I understand that the product you used in the video is no longer available, however, would it be possible to recreate the same idea using regular lenolium tiles and double sided tape? Perhaps you could peel the sticky part off of the back of the tiles and stick them to plain paper or poster board, then tape them down? Do you think this would work?

    • Isabelle

      Hi Desiree, I haven’t tried this with regular vinyl tiles – it could work, but you would have to use a double-sided tape that’s temporary. Otherwise it would be very difficult to remove and probably cause damage to the existing floor. Isabelle

  9. Brooke

    Can you show us how easy it is to remove the tiles when it’s time to move out?

  10. Hugus

    Since the tape is discontinued, what other tape can I use? Where can I get it?

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