[6 Easy Step] How To Install Vinyl Plank Flooring Around Bathtubs

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Do you like vinyl plank flooring? Installing vinyl planks in the bathroom is a new trend. The vinyl plank looks like wood or ceramic tiles. It is easy to install.

It would help if you remembered a few basic things when installing a vinyl plank. Here you will learn how to install vinyl plank flooring around bathtubs. You can accomplish it yourself after reading this article.

What Material You Will Need

Some basic materials are needed to install vinyl plank flooring around bathtubs: 

  • Vinyl plank flooring
  • Flooring install kit
  • Threshold molding
  • 100% silicone caulk
  • Quick clamps
  • Jigsaw
  • 13″ vinyl floor cutter
  • Belt sander
  • Tapping block
  • Demo bar

Instructions For Installing Vinyl Plank Flooring:

Vinyl plank flooring makes your bathroom look luxurious and different. Follow the instructions given below for installing vinyl plank flooring:

Step 1: Eliminate Existing Flooring

If you want to remodel your flooring, remove your existing floor first. Eliminate the toilet, mirror, and other extra material to install the flooring. So, dust and residue can not stay around that material. Be careful when you are near the waterline of your bathroom.

Step 2: Preparation For Subfloor

After eliminating the existing floor, do the work given below accordingly:

  •  check if your subfloor is ready to install new flooring or not. 
  • Check the level, remove mastic from this subfloor. 
  • Scrape the subfloor by using a belt sander. 

It would be best to vacuum up all the mastic from the subfloor and the floor level.

Step 3: Put in Underlayment

Before adding the plywood to the subfloor, clean up the side of the bathtub. Then you can put down silicone caulk so water can not reap under the bathtub. Put more silicone caulk to fill up the gap of the plywood.

Step 4: Provide Layout & Install First Row

Now plan your vinyl plank flooring with large format tiles and complete the grout lines. Measure your bathroom floor around the bathtub. You should sketch up the exact dimensions of that place and plan to fix tiles in a brick pattern. Cut out the vinyl plank tiles for installing the first row with a tile cutter. You can manipulate a jigsaw to cut the far end.

Step 5: Install Second & Last Row Of The Plank

After setting the 1st row of tiles, install the 2nd row using a tapping block to set the block tightly. For setting up the last piece of the row, use a pull bar to pull the vinyl plank to fit into the row.

Step 6: Establish Transition Piece

The installation of the transition piece is a little bit tough. It is related to the location of the doorway. Set the last part with proper measurement and provide all locked features. Have an overall look now if there is any gap or not.


1. How do you fill the gap between the tub and floor?

Answer: When your gap is smaller than ⅛ inch in width, you can fill it with regular chalk

2. Should you install flooring before the bathtub?

Answer: If you place the flooring first, it may result in scratches and damage to the floor during the bathtub’s setting time.

Final Thought:

When you establish vinyl plank flooring on the entire home, you may want to set it on your bathroom. After reading this article, you learn how to install vinyl plank flooring around the bathtub. Decor your bathroom with this impressive flooring and stay comfortable. 

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