Christmas is coming...

Christmas is coming (as if you didn’t know) and like many of us, you might be thinking about revamping a room or two before your Christmas guests arrive. Replacing an old carpet or worn-out tiles with a brand new Leoline vinyl floor is a great-value way to give your home real wow factor, and if you want to make your festive budget go even further, you can even lay it yourself. We’ve compiled a step-by-step installation guide that tells you everything you need to know, from how to measure up and select the best tools for the job, to how to fit your floor in alcoves and around chimney breasts.

Leoline vinyl is supplied in rolls, which makes it quicker to lay than tiles. Unless your room is very large, you can usually lay it in one seamless piece. There’s no need for underlay, flooring profiles or even adhesive, provided the area you want to cover is less than 12 sq m and you don’t intend to fill it with sliding furniture such as office or dining chairs on wheels.

Just remember – as our guide makes clear – that the key to successful installation lies in preparation of your subfloor. As long as the surface you want to lay your floor on is clean and level you can lay your vinyl straight on top without any problems, but in other cases you might need to scrape off any adhesive or levelling compound first and fill in any dents. You’ll also need to leave your flooring in the room where you want to lay it for 24–48 hours before you start, so it can become acclimatized to the conditions in your home. Other than that, there’s no magic or mystery involved. If you’re a competent DIYer you’ll get fabulous results provided you follow the guidelines, and give your home a fresh new look in just a weekend. Which might just be the best Christmas present ever…