Installing Wood Vinyl Flooring in my Casita Travel Trailer
My Casita is a 2006, and for a travel trailer of this age it’s in great shape!
But there was one area of my Casita that really showed its age; the vinyl floor you see in this photo.
The vinyl is stained and yellowed with a dull finish. It desperately needed updating, but I needed the new flooring to be lightweight and easy to install.
The answer: self-adhesive vinyl flooring.
One key consideration in choosing my vinyl flooring was making sure the old floor was still securely attached to the sub-flooring. It was, so I knew I could put a self-adhesive vinyl on top.
The steps that follow show how I added the flooring to my Casita.
Step 1: What Type of Flooring to Use?
Since the old vinyl was securely attached to the flooring below, I first thought about chalk painting the floor (I love the stuff!), but I couldn’t convince myself to put chalk paint on a surface so heavily used and abused.
So I decided to take a tour down the vinyl aisle at my local home improvement store.
I have to admit I have not shopped for vinyl since the 1980’s, and I was immediately impressed with the quality and variety of vinyl flooring options!
A lot has changed!
Since I did not want to tear up my current vinyl floor, I chose the vinyl you see in this picture.
This vinyl is very thin, lightweight, easy to trim, and has a self-adhesive back.
It also has a quality feel to it, and looks like real wood (without the price tag).
Step 2: Organizing the Tools for the Project
These were the only tools I needed to install the vinyl flooring: my cutting mat, a cutting blade, and a pair of scissors. I actually used the scissors more than I thought I would!
The scissors became very useful for working around the angled and round shaped objects that are part of the flooring.
Another tool I used, which is not pictured, is my L-Square. I placed this on the vinyl planks where I needed to make a straight cut to the correct length.
The one item I did not have on hand, which I regretted the days following this project, were Knee Pads (affiliate link). I highly recommend them if your knees are not as young as they use to be. I learned the hard way, and now I never work without them.
Step 3: Putting Down the First Piece of Vinyl Flooring
It is important to consider where the first piece should go, and in my Casita I determined that it was the place you see in the picture below. This spot helped assure that my planks would go in straight.
After I installed the first piece, I ran the vinyl planks in a row from front to back.
When I started the second row, I FIRST cut a plank of vinyl in half (with L-square) to create the staggered look of a natural wood floor.
I also took the time to separate the tile planks when I took them out of the box.
I feel this is important step because each plank has its own pattern and color variations, and you want to make sure you do not place two of the same planks next to each other (there are duplicate planks within each box).
Step 4: Admiring the Finished Results
If you look closely in the picture below, you will see a brown heater by the kitchen cabinets. This is the only dark brown item in the camper, and because it is for the heater, I didn’t want to paint it.
So to help tie it in to the design, I chose a vinyl wood with a similar color (I was originally considering a grayish color — so popular right now).
Also note the two silver disks on the floor: These disks are for the table support polls (we removed them to make a permanent bed).
Cutting around these disks was the hardest part of putting down the vinyl floor. I could have removed them first, but chose not to; this is where using my scissors came in handy!
Although this is a small space, there was a lot of cutting to do! The project took me an entire day to complete, but I love the results! It is hard for me to imagine that old faded and stained vinyl flooring is still underneath.
This whole project cost me less than $50, and I still have leftovers, which I am saving for future repairs.
Last Updated: August 15, 2017
A reader asked to see an image of how the vinyl flooring meets up with the door jamb. Because the planks I used are very thin vinyl, it was easy for me to use scissors to cut the piece to fit the space. (see image below)
Hopefully you can see how the piece was cut to fit around the metal jam.
Also note the small piece of vinyl between the larger plank and carpeted wall. This is a very small piece that angles up against the wall, and has never fallen out. But if any piece is going to come loose, this will be it, which is why I have saved several planks for when I have to fix something in the future.
I’d also like to point out that I put this floor down in the summer of 2014 and it still looks great!
Preparation is key; make sure you have a clean, dry, level surface.
NOTE: The links below will take you to my other projects.
Mrs. Padilly’s Series on her 17′ Spirit Deluxe Casita Travel Trailer’s Glamping Makeover:
Casita Glamping Makeover:
- Chalk Painting Cabinet Doors
- Adding Teal Paint to Accent Surfaces
- Installing a Tile Backsplash
- Installing Wood Vinyl Flooring
- Decorating the Screen Door
- Window Treatments
- Dressed for Glamping
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