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 was self-adhesive vinyl flooring.
Another key consideration in choosing the vinyl was that the old floor was secure to the flooring below; I simply needed to place the new vinyl on top.
The following steps show what I did to add a new floor in 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, but couldn’t convince myself to put chalk paint on a surface so heavily used and abused; so I took 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.
The 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; they 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 need to make a straight cut to the correct length.
The one item I did not have on hand, which I regretted during the days following the project, were knee pads; I highly recommend them if your knees are not as young as they use to be.
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 location you see in the picture below.
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 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, as 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
In the picture below, you can see a brown heater by my kitchen cabinets. It’s the color of this unit that influenced the color I chose for the vinyl (I was originally considering a grayish color like you see in many beach homes).
Note the two silver disks on the floor: These disks are for the table support poll (which we removed in order to make a permanent bed). Cutting around these disks was the hardest part of putting down the vinyl floor, and I suppose I could have removed them first, but chose not to. I actually cut the shapes using my scissors.
Although this was a small space, there was a lot of cutting to do, so it took me a day to complete the project, 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 save for future repairs.
A reader asked for an image to see how the vinyl flooring where it meets up with the door jamb. Because the planks are thin vinyl, it was easy for me to use scissors to cut the piece to fit the space. (see image below)
I took this photo by standing outside the door, looking down, just inside opening. Hopefully you can tell 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. It is staying put, 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 in case 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. Of course, if you cannot keep the elements from reaching it, especially high moisture, it could affect some of the planks over time. Fortunately, I found pulling up the sticky vinyl planks to make repairs easy to do, even after having been down awhile. Hope is update helps! Happy Trails! Mrs. Padilly
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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