How To Install Vinyl Plank Flooring On Walls? [Learn The Process]

how to install vinyl plank flooring on walls

Vinyl planks are always fashionable and have an excellent aesthetic appearance. If you have decided to install vinyl plank flooring on walls, you have thought about it, right?  Vinyl planks look extraordinarily beautiful on walls. Besides, they are durable and long-lasting. Maintenance of vinyl planks is easy too. 

But the only challenge that comes to mind’s how to install vinyl plank flooring on walls. As vinyl planks are usually installed on floors, placing them on walls sounds a bit challenging. However, if you know the right way of doing it, you can crack this puzzle easily. If you are adamant about decorating walls with vinyl planks, this article is for you. 

In this piece, I am going to talk about the steps of installing vinyl planks flooring on walls. Along with the process, I will be discussing some other factors that you need to know. So, my request is to stay with me if you want to adorn your house walls with decorative vinyl planks!

7 Steps To Install Vinyl Plank Flooring On Walls: 

Installing vinyl planks on walls requires you to follow a few steps. If you have the necessary tools and equipment, you can make the task easier. After accumulating the tools, you need to know the process. So let me start from the beginning. 

Here is a list of tools you need to install vinyl planks on walls:

  • Vinyl planks
  • Sandpaper
  • Primer for already colored walls
  • Screwdriver
  • Prybar
  • Measuring tape
  • Chalk line
  • Stud finder
  • Nail gun
  • Construction adhesive suitable for vinyl planks
  • Pencil

For safety, while installing, you have to wear safety gear like safety glasses, hand gloves, and goggles. Now let’s move to the practical steps. 

Step 1: Prepare The Walls: 

The basics of any installation are to clean and prepare the surface. Before you install the vinyl planks, make the walls smooth and clean. If the walls have any paints or tiles, you need to remove them and polish the surface. Otherwise, adhering to the planks would become difficult and ineffective. 

To polish the walls, use sandpaper to make the uneven areas flat and smooth. If you want to do it in an easier way, use a sanding device to do the task. In case you want to avoid the part of polishing, paste hardboards on the existing wall. Make sure that the hardboards are installed evenly all over the wall. Now the wall has a flat surface to install the vinyl planks. 

As part of the preparation, you have to apply primer on the walls if they are painted. Primer on painted walls makes them ready for installing vinyl planks. Try to match the color of the primer to the color of the planks. In case there remains a gap between the planks, it won’t look odd as the colors are matched.

Step 2: Remove Baseboards, Electric Outlets, And Mark The Studs: 

Before you work on the installation process, you need to remove a bunch of items from the walls. The wall has to be tidy and plain before you start with the installation. Remember I mentioned a few tools at the beginning like a pry bar, stud finder, and screwdriver? In this part, you would need these items. 

If there is an electrical port, use the screwdriver to remove it. But make sure that you don’t keep any wire or cable exposed. In fact, you can even turn off the main power if it is convenient. Next, you should remove the baseboard using a pry bar.

You also need to locate the studs using a stud finder and mark these areas with the chalk line. The studs are the strongest portions of the walls where you can nail the planks. The tasks of this part are done now. 

Step 3: Decide The Direction Of Installing The Planks: 

Therefore, here comes another step before starting to install the planks. You have to decide on a particular direction of installation before starting. You have the following two options:

  1. Install the vinyl plank flooring from the bottom of the wall and move upwards. 
  2. Start installing the planks to the seam of the ceiling and move downwards. 

If the walls have crown molding, it is better to begin from the boundary of the ceiling and move downwards. In that case, commence from the left corner up the ceiling so that the tongue in the lower part of the planks faces up. 

If you begin the installation from the flooring up to the ceiling, start from the right corner of the wall down the floor. Place the planks in a way so that the tongue in the lower part of the vinyl planks faces downwards. Now, I hope you have decided on a direction to install the vinyl plank walls. 

Step 4: Take The Essential Measurements And Mark Them: 

Accuracy is an important factor while installing the vinyl planks on the walls. To install the planks, you have to take measurements first. Then you can install the planks correctly in the right order in the right position. 

First, meter the wall’s entire width from the top to the bottom. Then measure a single vinyl plank’s width. Divide the width of the entire wall with a single vinyl plank’s width to know the number of rows you  would need to cover the wall. Remember to leave a 1.5-inch gap amidst the flooring and the initial row of the planks as they may expand and contract due to weather changes. 

Now you have to mark the starting line from where you are going to start the installation. You can do this by marking the width of a single plank added to 1.5 inches up from the floor. If you are starting from the ceiling, do it down the ceiling. A chalk line has to be used to mark a straight line to define the starting line. Once you draw one straight line, the other rows will be aligned too. 

Step 5: Apply The Adhesive And Start Installing: 

Once you have marked the starting line, now you can choose the planks that you want to install in the first row. Mix and match the planks to create a uniform look all over the walls.

Now, apply the construction adhesive at the back of one plank along the periphery. Next, gently place the plank on the wall along the chalk line. Make sure that the alignment is correct. As you do this, keep pressing the plank gently on the wall. Also, ensure that you have left the 1.5 inch gap between the starting plank and the floor. 

After you press the planks on the wall, place the nail gun for nailing the plank on the wall across the stud. As you have already marked the studs, it would be easy for you. Ensure that the nails have been pushed properly. Don’t keep the plank loose. Check before you move to the next plank. 

Step 6: Complete Installing The Planks On The First Row: 

Repeat step 5 to complete installing the planks along the initial row or the starting row. Apply the adhesive at the back of each plank and paste them on the walls side by side. Make sure that the planks are interlocked with each other and aligned properly. 

Don’t miss out on nailing the planks to the walls (along the stud) using a nail gun. This way, complete the installation process of the vinyl plank along the starting row of the wall. 

Step 7: Repeat The Steps To Cover The Wall: 

In a similar way, you have to match the vinyl planks and install them across the line. Glue it, nail it, and keep the alignment correct. After you install the planks along the initial row, do the same for installing the vinyl flooring on the second row. In this way, keep moving upward or downward until you reach the other end of the wall. 

5 Tips To Clean Vinyl Plank Flooring On Walls After Installation: 

Now you know the process of installing the vinyl planks on walls. But is it enough? No. You should also know how you maintain and clean the vinyl plank flooring on walls after you install them. Though the cleaning is not so difficult, you should still take note of some factors. 

Here are my tips for you to keep your vinyl plank wall neat, clean, and shiny all the time: 

1. Use A pH Neutral Cleaning Agent: 

If you use harsh cleaning agents like detergent or acidic cleansers, the vinyl walls would become hazy and dull. As vinyl floors are sensitive and delicate, cleaning with pH neutral cleaners would suffice. In fact, this can easily take off the loose dirt and minimal stains and spills from the vinyl walls. 

On the other hand, using a harsh cleanser can severely destroy the shine and glow of vinyl walls. So use a pH neutral agent for cleaning vinyl flooring walls. 

2. Warm Water And Vinegar For Cleaning:

Though maintaining vinyl walls is easy, cleaning it thoroughly once a week is necessary. It is necessary to keep the shine. Also, the growth of mold and mildew is reduced if you keep it clean. 

Use warm water and vinegar to clean the vinyl plank wall. Dip a towel in the solution, strain the water, and gently wipe the surface. Avoid rubbing it. Instead of this, you can also use a mild cleaner to wipe off the vinyl plank wall. 

3. Clean Spills Immediately: 

In case you accidentally spill water, coffee, or other substances on the wall leaving a stain, clean it immediately. Use a wet cloth and wipe off the spills as fast as possible. Luckily, stains don’t settle on vinyl plank room walls. Consequently, using a wet towel will suffice to clean the spills off the walls. This will keep the wall clean and flawless. 

4. Rubbing Alcohol For Stains: 

Vinyl planks can get stains with some agents like makeup substances, crayons, ink, etc. Though the stains can be cleaned, you should use the right cleaners for the best result. In this case, rubbing alcohol is the best agent for cleaning ink, makeup, and crayon marks. 

If the stain is major, the mark can dull the plank’s surface. Also, excessive rubbing can make the surface cloudy. This is why rubbing alcohol is a safe option to use. 

5. Clean The Cleanser After Cleaning: 

No matter how good the cleaner is, overexposure to any cleanser is harmful. So firstly, you should not take much time to clean the vinyl walls. Be fast and active while cleaning. But after you mop the surface, you should also remove the cleanser from the walls. For that, wipe the walls with plain water and let it dry completely. 

Note that no residue of the cleanser should stay on the walls. 

Related Questions About Vinyl Plank Flooring On Walls: 

How Far From The Wall Should Vinyl Plank Flooring Be Installed? 

Vinyl planks tend to expand and contract depending on the temperature and weather conditions. This is why it is suggested leaving a gap between the initial row of the plank and the floor. 

Ideally, you should leave a gap of 1.5 inches between the starting row of the vinyl plank wall and the flooring. The gap should be at the bottom of the wall along the floor. Now if the planks expand, they will be pressed below along the floor making the change unnoticeable. So, make sure to leave the gap before you start installing the planks along the initial row. 

Which Side Of The Vinyl Plank Flooring Goes Against The Wall?

A common confusion is there regarding which side of the vinyl plank should go against the wall. You can easily sort out this problem. 

Vinyl planks have two sides: the tongue and the groove. The tongue in the lower area of the vinyl plank goes against the wall. On this side, you can see the gaps for interlocking one plank to another. This side goes against the wall while the groove side faces outwards.

Therefore, the groove side is what you see on the wall after installation. Therefore, install the tongue of the vinyl plank against the wall. 

Will Vinyl Plank Stick On Painted Walls?

Some people prefer not to remove the paint on the walls and install the vinyl planks right over it. However, this is not the right decision to make. 

Though you can install vinyl planks on glossy paints, they won’t stick well to matte or textured paints. Note that installing vinyl planks on glossy paints won’t make it long-lasting. It is better to provide a suitable surface for the vinyl planks. So, either polish and remove the paint using sandpaper or put hardboards on the painted walls. 

Therefore, it won’t be a wise decision to adhere vinyl planks on a painted wall. 

Does Vinyl Plank Flooring On Walls Come Off Easily? 

Vinyl planks are extremely durable and long-lasting. But the installation mechanism also decides whether it will come off easily or not. 

Usually, construction adhesives keep vinyl planks in place for years without any disturbance. Wall decals are generally long-lasting. Also, if you glue and nail the planks on the wall, there would be no chance of the planks coming off for several years. 

Therefore, the vinyl plank walls do not come off easily. Unless you put extreme pressure on the one end of the plank and loosen the periphery, it won’t come off the wall. 

Do Vinyl Planks Stick On Cinder Block Walls? 

If your house has cinder block walls and you want to install vinyl planks on them, you can do that. Vinyl planks do stick well on cinder block walls. 

If you want to hide the blocks and give a modern look to your home with the vinyl planks, you can do that easily. You can adhere and nail decorative vinyl planks on the cinder block wall and give a brand new look to your interior. 

However, you may like to polish the block wall surface before installing the planks. This would make the surface smooth and plain. 


To conclude, I must say you have made the right decision of decorating the walls with vinyl planks. The only challenge of installation is solved by now, I believe. Just follow the steps carefully and do the installation by yourself. Don’t forget to maintain it well!

If you have learned the installation process already, what are you waiting for? Install your brand new vinyl plank flooring on walls today!

Jahidul Alam

Hello dear! This is Jahidul Alam. I am the admin of this Tidy Floor. I have been in the floor cleaning business for the last 20 years. My business is all about ensuring affordable flooring cleaning services for Americans.

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