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Can You Put Linoleum On Walls? (How To)

Linoleum is a hard wearing surface that is most suited to flooring. However, as with most materials, you can use a little imagination to put them to another purpose, as long as you follow a few simple steps.

Linoleum tiles are typically used for flooring, yet there’s no reason they can’t also be used to cover a bathroom or kitchen wall. It is a quick, low-cost method to spruce up a boring wall. Walls are typically not as flat and substantial as floors, so some additional preparation is required.

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Linoleum flooring can be used to provide color, texture, or contrast to a variety of walls and vertical surfaces. You will have more choices and styles as well as improved durability as a result. 

So long as heat and moisture are taken into account, linoleum flooring can even be used in the backsplash of a kitchen or bathroom.

Backsplashes can add a spectacular feature to your décor and interior design, while also protecting your wall. Most homeowners use ceramic or porcelain, but linoleum tile is a fantastic alternative because it provides a different look and exceptional protection, at an affordable cost.

It is best to avoid areas in the bathroom close to the shower, as water sprayed directly onto the linoleum will eventually cause it to rot and break down. Also, areas that are subject to strong caustic chemicals that eat away the linoleum are not suitable.

Rough walls or walls with a stippled finish should also be avoided, as the linoleum will not adhere to the surface and will eventually peel off.

Should You Put Linoleum On Walls?

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Since walls are typically not as smooth, level, or as substantial as floors, they do require a little more preparation when attaching an alternative covering like linoleum.

There is no reason why linoleum tiles can’t be used to cover a bathroom or kitchen wall, even though they are more typically used for floors. It can be finished in an afternoon and is a quick, low-cost method to spruce up a boring wall. Its unusual use can even be a talking point for your home.

Linoleum can be scraped or torn by dragging sharp objects across it or by being subject to corrosive chemicals. Additionally, due to linoleum’s construction, it can be vulnerable to moisture damage and high humidity levels, which can cause corners to curl.

To prevent this, make sure that the wall you plan to cover is in a well-ventilated area, away from sharp objects or heavy equipment that can damage it. Making sure that the edges are protected by a trim piece will prevent moisture from getting behind the vinyl, causing it to lift or bubble.

In contrast to synthetic versions like vinyl, real linoleum is created entirely from natural components such as jute, wood flour, rosins, powdered cork, colors, and linseed oil, ground limestone.  It is one of the most earth-friendly flooring solutions available today, as a result.

What Tools Do You Need To Put Linoleum On Walls?

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Due to its natural construction, linoleum is surprisingly easy to work with. You require very little in the way of tools to get the job in a short amount of time.

Start with a wall that is clear, flat, and smooth. You can use a putty knife to fill up any gaps or depressions. The linoleum can be cut with a sharp knife.  A laser level can help to keep the linoleum lined up.  Use a steel ruler to ensure that any long edges are straight when cut.

You can lightly spray-paint latex over the entire surface to seal it first. This makes the surface smooth and creates a good key for the linoleum to adhere to.

If you are covering an area that has electrical outlets, you’ll need a screwdriver to remove the screws holding the cover plates. Once the linoleum is in place, make sure that it doesn’t cover the screw holes before replacing the cover plates.

A caulking gun is useful if you plan on applying a latex bead to the edge of your linoleum. Using a latex applicator will then give you a nice professional finish.

To ensure that the linoleum stays in place, use tape to hold the pieces of linoleum together, making sure that they butt up against each other perfectly to prevent any moisture from getting into the material later.

What Preparations Do You Need To Install Linoleum On Walls?

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Due to its flexible, lightweight construction, fitting linoleum to walls requires very little preparation.

Linoleum adheres to walls that have a smooth surface, free of blemishes and ridges. Fill any imperfections with filler and sand smooth. Use acrylic-based adhesives that resist heat and temperature changes. They are also less affected by moisture. Remove any fixtures before installing the linoleum.

The surface should be dry and if you’ve sprayed on a sealer, it should have cured before you start attaching the linoleum.

Avoid putting linoleum on walls that receive a direct jet of water or any other liquids or chemicals, as the natural fibers will tend to rot under humid conditions and corrosive substances are not friendly to them either.

How To Install Linoleum On Walls

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Installing linoleum on a wall is generally one of the simpler DIY jobs you can try. So long as you measure accurately and have a sharp knife to cut the material, you should end up with a professional-looking result.

Start by measuring your wall to make sure that you have enough linoleum to complete the job. After calculating the quantities, ensure that the wall is smooth. Fill any holes or ridges and sand them smoothly. Apply a sealer and then cut your linoleum to size, then glue each piece in place.

Make sure that you remove any electrical cover plates and trim first so that the linoleum attaches to the wall completely.

Once you have finished gluing the linoleum in place, take a caulking gun and run a bead of latex around the edges of the wall. You can smooth this with a finger or you can use a latex applicator.

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