How to Install peel and stick tile in a herringbone pattern

When I first showed my husband the tile I wanted for our new bathroom floor he was all about it. It’s inexpensive peel and sticks tile – and looks like wood flooring. He was a little more apprehensive when I showed him what pattern I wanted it laid in. Although I did I tell him I’d do the brunt of it, I’d just need him for the tricky angles. Low and behold –  most of the angles were tricky and above my pay grade. So I told him if he took over, I’d go and make him homemade donuts. He thought this was a fair trade.

Now, I’m not going to lie to you – if you’re expecting this project to take you a few hours… sadly It will not. This project was time-consuming. Our bathroom is small, and it still took us 8-10 hours. There will be an angle to cut with almost every piece you put down, due to the herringbone pattern. At least, this was true in our case because our bathroom is narrow and only the first strip of tiles that went down didn’t need to be cut.

OK – onto the tutorial… Below I’ll list all of the material and tools we used just in case you want to give this project a go.

To start, lay out a centerline…

This will give you a reference point to ensure the focal point of your herringbone design is centered in your space. Then you can start laying your tiles in a V-like shape alternating each tile to butt up against the top side of the tile. Do your best to estimate tile placement so you can avoid having small pieces of tile in high traffic areas (like a doorway). 

Peel and stick tile being laid in a herringbone pattern

 1. Use a tape measure and a sliding T-Bevel…

to ensure you are obtaining the correct angles at which to cut your tiles. Using a pencil and the T-Bevel, trace a line on your tile. 

t-bevel measuring a tile

2. Lay the tile on a piece of wood…

so you don’t cut into the tiles below. Firmly cut along the pencil line, scoring the surface of the tile but not cutting all the way through the tile. You then quickly and firmly snap off the tile along the scored line.

man cutting peel and stick tile with utility knife

3. Place the tile in its spot to ensure proper fit…

and trim if necessary. If you plan to grout the tile, make sure your spacers are in appropriate spots.

4. Pull the backing paper off the tile…

and using the heat gun, warm the adhesive on the back of the tile. You may also consider putting adhesive on the floor itself.

5. Carefully put the tile in place…

ensuring proper spacing by using the tile spacers. Finally, use a J roller to firmly press the tile down (begin in the center of the tile and roll outwards) to ensure proper adhesion. 

 

Helpful hints: 

    1. When cutting, make sure you use a sharp blade. Take a scrap piece of tile to practice scoring and breaking if you’re struggling to get clean cuts. The key is to score the tile deep enough to ensure a clean break, but to not press so hard that you are trying to cut all the way through the tile.
    2. For tricky corners or angles, using a piece of poster board can work nicely to make a stencil that you can bend and flex to cut to fit the desired shape, and then trace the shape onto the tile. 
    3. Inspect your baseboard/trim board ahead of time, and see if there is space for the tile to slide under the trim to ensure a cleaner, neater finish. 

Here is a video from start to finish of our project!

Enjoy

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As always pals – thanks for reading along!

 

Much Love,

Kori ~ at the farmhouse life

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