How To Cut Vinyl Plank Flooring With A Utility Knife

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If you’re a homeowner, DIY-er, or renter, it might be time to replace your flooring.

One good option is vinyl plank flooring because of its durability and low maintenance.

This DIY method has been used for years to create beautiful and durable floors that you can keep looking great for years!

In this post we will show you the proper way on How To Cut Vinyl Plank Flooring With A Utility Knife.

Can You Cut Vinyl Flooring With A Utility Knife?

Yes! Utility knives are not designed specifically for cutting vinyl plank flooring but if used correctly they can work just fine in the hands of someone who knows how to use them.

The blade is sharp enough to cut through vinyl plank flooring but not so much to damage the flooring underneath.


Step by Step – How To Use A Utility Knife To Cut Vinyl Plank Flooring

Materials Needed:

  • Utility Knife
  • Marker or Tape
  • Vinyl Planks

Budget: $50-$100

Duration: 15-30 Minutes

Step One:
Remove any furniture from the room that you are planning on working in and lay down newspaper.

You’ll also want to put down some cardboard or a drop cloth.

Step Two:
Lay out your vinyl plank flooring and make sure it’s all flat.

Step Three:
Use the sharp utility knife to cut around the vinyl planks.

Step Four:
Make sure to cut slowly and carefully. You can always go back with the utility knife and make a few more cuts if you need to.

And that’s how you cut Vinily Plank Flooring with a Utility Knife!

Simple, direct, and anyone can do it without having to hire a professional contractor!

Below is an instructional video on How To Cut Vinyl Plank Flooring With A Utility Knife:


How To Cut Curves In Vinyl Plank
Flooring With A Utility Knife

With this method, you will also learn how to cut vinyl plank flooring around corners with a Utility Knife

Step One:
Find an angle that you like to cut the curve at.

Step Two:
Take a measurement of the length of the last cut.

Step Three:
Hold your utility knife perpendicular to your work surface, and position it so that it is just above halfway from the top edge to bottom edge of the cut line.

Step Four:
Make a light but solid vertical straight line where you want to position your first point in order to establish an opposite point from which you will trim-cut toward for the curve, then press down on a 45-degree angle and lightly hold your utility knife in place while you rotate it clockwise about an inch (making sure not to lift up), finishing with another vertical line pressing down on an opposing 45-degree angle.

Step Five:
Repeat steps 3-4 two more times, then start your curve-cutting on the opposite side of the line where you first established a perpendicular straight line.

Note: You may want to make sure that your knife is clean and sharp before you begin cutting or it will have an unwanted cross-hatch pattern in the cut flooring, which is not very appealing


Frequently Asked Questions

Can You Use A Tile Cutter To Cut Vinyl Plank Flooring?

Yes, you can use a laminate tile cutter to cut vinyl plank flooring. A Laminate Tile Cutter is specifically made to cut through laminate flooring and vinyl plank flooring. They can cut a very straight edge and if you don’t have anyone else to help you would be able to do it yourself.

Can You Cut Vinyl Flooring Lengthwise?

Yes, you can cut vinyl flooring lengthwise. The best tools for this is using a track saw or panel saw. But a Utility Knife will do just fine with the proper measurements and accurate markings.

What Is The Best Tool For Cutting Laminate Flooring?

Jigsaw. The Jigsaw is the best tool for cutting laminate flooring. It can be done by hand or with a flooring machine.

Can You Cut Vinyl Plank Flooring With A Utility Knife?

Yes, you can cut vinyl plank flooring with a Utility Knife. It is the most efficient way and it is done in the same manner as any other hardwood.

Does Laminate Flooring Dull Knife Blades?

Yes. Knives and Knife blades are not designed to cut through laminate flooring, the blades will really dull in a matter of just cutting a few laminate floor boards. We have power tools like jigsaw and track saws for this.


Frequently Asked Questions

Can You Use A Tile Cutter To Cut Vinyl Plank Flooring?

Yes, you can use a laminate tile cutter to cut vinyl plank flooring. A Laminate Tile Cutter is specifically made to cut through laminate flooring and vinyl plank flooring. They can cut a very straight edge and if you don’t have anyone else to help you would be able to do it yourself.

Can You Cut Vinyl Flooring Lengthwise?

Yes, you can cut vinyl flooring lengthwise. The best tools for this is using a track saw or panel saw. But a Utility Knife will do just fine with the proper measurements and accurate markings.

What Is The Best Tool For Cutting Laminate Flooring?

Jigsaw. The Jigsaw is the best tool for cutting laminate flooring. It can be done by hand or with a flooring machine.

Can You Cut Vinyl Plank Flooring With A Utility Knife?

Yes, you can cut vinyl plank flooring with a Utility Knife. It is the most efficient way and it is done in the same manner as any other hardwood.

Does Laminate Flooring Dull Knife Blades?

Yes. Knives and Knife blades are not designed to cut through laminate flooring, the blades will really dull in a matter of just cutting a few laminate floor boards. We have power tools like jigsaw and track saws for this.


Final Thoughts on How To Cut Vinyl Plank Flooring With A Utility Knife

This ends our How To Guide of How To Cut Vinyl Plank Flooring With A Utility Knife.

We hope the knowledge you gained here will help you in the future with your DIY or Professional Flooring projects. We want you to be sure of that what you get from us are 100% facts, so please don’t hesitate to ask for advice or to advise us in return with accurate facts.

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