How to Install Linoleum in an RV

by Lynda Altman
Linoleum pattern

Linoleum pattern

It is fairly simple to install linoleum in an RV. Linoleum is durable and attractive. It stands up to heavy foot traffic and it is easy to clean. This is a perfect do-it-yourself project to replace worn-out flooring or to replace a floor you find unattractive. Choose a high-quality linoleum floor. Winter is the best time to find great deals on linoleum at the home improvement store.

Floor scraper

Remove the old flooring. Use a floor scraper and start at one end of the floor, working your way out toward the door. Sweep up all debris. Vacuum to remove all dust and remaining dirt.

Create a template of the floor using paper and pencil. Tape large sections together if necessary. Measure the area of the floor with a tape measure. Area is length multiplied by the width. Purchase the correct amount of flooring and adhesive. The adhesive will tell you on the package how much area it will cover.

Lay the template over the linoleum and trace the pattern from the template onto the linoleum with a pencil. Cut out the linoleum along the pattern line.


Starting at the far side of the floor, cover the floor with the floor adhesive. Keep the trowel at an angle and apply the adhesive evenly in a circular motion. Work your way toward the entrance.

Gently fold the linoleum in half. Start at the entrance and work your way toward the back. Place the linoleum down on the adhesive and slowly spread it out toward the back of the area. Make sure the edges are secure.

Smooth the linoleum with a rubber or wooden roller. Remove all bumps and air pockets with the roller. Allow adhesive to dry for 24 hours before walking on the floor.

Items you will need

  • Floor scraper
  • Broom
  • Vacuum
  • Paper for template of floor
  • Pencil
  • Tape measure
  • Paper scissors
  • Tile knife or heavy-duty scissors
  • Floor adhesive
  • Adhesive trowel
  • Rubber or wooden roller (for wallpaper)
  • Rags


  • Add decorative molding to hide the edges.


  • Be sure to lay the linoleum straight. Once the adhesive starts to set you cannot remove the linoleum.


About the Author

Lynda Altman started writing professionally in 2001, specializing in genealogy, home-schooling, gardening, animals and crafts. Her work has appeared in "Family Chronicle Magazine" and "Chihuahua Magazine." Altman holds a B.A. in marketing from Mercy College, a black belt in taekwondo, master gardener certification, a certificate in graphic arts and a certificate in genealogy.

Photo Credits

  • Background from a piece of linoleum. image by Egor Tkachenko from