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How to Install a Herringbone LVP Floating Floor Over Tile

This post is sponsored by ProCore Floors. 

Everything you need to know to install an LVP herringbone vinyl flooring yourself as a floating floor over tile without demo to add a durable, high-end look to your home for less.

Bye bye old, beige tile and hello pretty herringbone floors!

herringbone LVP floating floor over tile in a kitchen with white and green cabinets

Our breakfast nook and our kitchen got a major flooring “glow up” this past week, and I had no idea the massive difference just flooring alone could make to fix the feature I’ve despised for so long in this space… without the need for demo!

beige tile floor in a breakfast room with white walls and black doors

Everyone who has walked into our house since we finished it has said, “Woah! This floor is so cool!”

Why Choose Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring

The herringbone pattern completely makes these rooms, and the luxury vinyl plank floor is much more durable and more cushioned under our feet than our original 60+ year-old hardwood floors. It most definitely is warmer than our freezing cold tile was.

Because our breakfast nook and kitchen gets the most daily traffic and connects all of the other rooms of our downstairs, I wanted it to echo our home’s traditional style with the function of modern technology, so we chose the Brookewood Herringbone Luxury Vinyl Plank waterproof interlocking flooring from the two ProCore Floors colors at Lowe’s. (You can see them in person at your local store.)

For a slightly more modern, Scandinavian vibe, the lighter Ashewood color is beautiful too.

I love that these floors have a slight texture to create an even more convincing look of real wood planks.

Light beige and dark brown herringbone LVP floor samples on top of beige tile

The Benefits of an LVP Floating Floor vs Tile or Hardwood

We have used ProCore Floors before in our neighbors’ house when we installed it ourselves in their playroom for their 9 kids. And because we were so happy with its durability and ease of installation, we felt completely confident about using it in our kitchen area.

LVP Flooring Benefits:

  • Waterproof
  • Stain resistant
  • Scratch resistant
  • Durable
  • Low maintenance
  • Better sound absorption
  • Holds up to kids, pets, and high traffic
  • Easier to install than tile or hardwood floors

You can see how we installed regular luxury vinyl plank from ProCore Floors in our neighbors’ playroom here. It’s been over a year and, despite 9 kids and a dog constantly running all over it, the floor has held up perfectly!

So I was beyond excited when I found out about this herringbone vinyl floor option!

rec room playroom with blue cabinets, sofa, and foosball table with LVP flooring

What is a Floating Floor?

A floating floor is an interlocking system similar to a puzzle where the locking floor materials create a tight bond without the need for glue or nails to attach it to a subfloor. Luxury vinyl plank flooring uses a tongue and groove or “click lock” system to snap planks together making it easy to install yourself.

stack of ProCore Floors luxury vinyl plank floors on top of tile

When to Install a Floating Floor Over Tile

Normally, I would not suggest a floating floor over tile if you were hiring out a large room remodel.

But when you need a DIY flooring solution or are faced with budget/time constraints that make removing an old tile floor impossible, it’s a fantastic solution to add an upgrade in place of an eyesore.

However, not all LVP floors are created alike, so it’s important to use a flooring like this one from the ProCore Plus rigid core line that have a built-in cork underlayment rigid enough to be used as a floating floor over an old floor.

***When installing luxury vinyl flooring over tile, your tile should be debris-free and without cracks, holes, or raised texture.

cork LVP underlayment in herringbone pattern

Where You Can Install LVP Floating Floor:

  • Old ceramic tile (that is still in good condition without any cracks or holes)
  • Concrete
  • Sheet vinyl flooring
  • Particle board
  • Hardwood floors
stack of LVP flooring on top of tile floor

How to Install Herringbone LVP Floating Floor Over Tile

Supplies

Floating Floor Installation Method Steps

Step 1 Prep the space

Remove any shoe molding in the room before you start installation. Score the caulk line on shoe molding with a utility knife, gently pry them off the wall with a pry bar, and set aside. You can put them back after installation so you don’t have to buy new shoe molding.

oscillating tool undercutting door jambs

Step 2 Undercut Door Jambs

Use an oscillating multi-tool to cut them to the height of your LVP flooring so the planks can slide underneath them. 

undercutting door jambs with oscillating tool to fit LVP flooring

Step 3 Mark Your Starting Line

Starting on a clean, debris-free surface, decide on your layout first by choosing which direction you want your herringbone pattern.

Measure your space and mark the very center of the room.

measuring a tile floor to install herringbone LVP floating floor

Then, using a chalkline or straight edge and pencil, mark the very center line of the space.

marking the starting line to install LVP floating floor over tile

Step 4 Mark A Second Line

After marking your center line, mark a second line 2 inches over from your center line. This will be your guide for your first row of herringbone planks.

measuring over starting line with a tape measure to lay herringbone LVP
using a level to draw a starting line to lay flooring

Step 5 Begin Placing Planks

Click together your first few planks, keeping the V-shape of the herringbone pattern in line with your markings.

4 LVP floor pieces to mark the starting point for installation

Step 6 Click Seams Together

Use a rubber mallet and scrap piece of flooring (not a tapping block) to push planks together into a snug fit at the seams.

Step 7 Lock Seams

Then, lock the planks together by tapping the top of the seams with a rubber mallet.

installing herringbone LVP floating floor over tile with mallet on seams to click into place
using a mallet to click LVP flooring into place during installation

Step 8 Vary Plank Patterns and Shades

As you lay planks, make sure you aren’t placing two matching ones side-by-side with the same pattern and shade. Pull planks from several boxes and place them into stacks. Pay attention to the planks you’re grabbing as you work to make sure none near each other look the same for a more natural variance.

LVP flooring stacked to vary designs and patterns during installation

Step 9 Repeat

Repeat the process of laying, clicking together, and locking full planks throughout the middle of the room.

herringbone LVP floating floor installation over tile in a breakfast room

Step 10 Begin Filling In Edges and Corners

As you finish filling in the middle of the room with planks, begin measuring and cutting pieces to fill edges and corners. This is the part that is much more challenging installing herringbone LVP versus the regular planks, but the end result is so worth it.

brown herringbone LVP floating floor over tile in a kitchen
finishing a row of herringbone LVP flooring against a wall

Step 11 Measure Edges

Use a tape measure to find the distance between a wall and a plank.

marking measurements to cut flooring pieces to fit against wall

Step 12 Mark Plank Width

Use a spacer cut from a plank to mark the width. Measure that new line.

using a spare plank piece as a spacer to install flooring

Step 13 Mark the Plank for Cutting

Use the measurements from Steps 11 and 12 to mark a new plank.

marking measurements on a piece of LVP to cut and fit

Step 14 Cut the Plank

Use a jigsaw to cut the plank where you marked the measurements on it in Step 13.

cutting a piece of LVP floor with a jigsaw
cutting a piece of LVP flooring with a jigsaw and a carbide blade
fitting herringbone vinyl flooring against a wall's edge

Step 15 Fill in the Rest of the Room

Continue filling all edges and corners by measuring and cutting planks as well as working around any obstacles like floor vents using the same method.

finished herringbone LVP floating floor over tile in a kitchen

Step 16 Attach Transition Strips

In any doorways, snap transition strips into place for a clean transition between rooms.

Step 17 Attach Shoe Molding

Once all flooring is installed, reattach shoe molding onto baseboards to cover any rough cut edges in the floor’s perimeter. Use a finish nailer or hammer and brad nails to reattach shoe molding. Then, caulk and paint.

finished ProCore Floor herringbone LVP floating floor over tile in a kitchen

The Finished Herringbone LVP Floating Floor

Doesn’t it look a million times better than that old beige tile?! It feels like a brand new room with beautiful contrast now! That herringbone vinyl floor kicks it up a notch from the regular version.

And since it’s water resistant, I don’t ever have to worry about spills or a leaky dishwasher.

I really can’t believe it took us this long to make this change, and now I’m wondering why we didn’t tackle this project earlier. I love it so much!

finished herringbone vinyl floor in a breakfast nook
finished herringbone LVP floating floor installation in a breakfast nook

We still have a lot more work to do in this breakfast nook like a banquette makeover and installation, chandelier replacement, table build, wall treatment addition… it’s going to be quite a journey.

But I can just see it in my head, and it’s absolutely gorgeous now that the old tile is outta here (or at least out of sight).

What do you think about the herringbone LVP floor decision? It was quite a bit more work than the regular LVP floating floor, but it totally paid off in my book.

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11 Comments

  1. I love the herringbone effect! We’ll worth the extra effort. Can I ask why you didn’t pick a color closer to your original hardwood floors for continuity and to trick the eye into thinking it was real hardwood?

  2. Hi Lauren,
    Two things – first, I was buying my new cabinets for my kitchen at one of those import cabinet dealers – we got Milzen – and there was this flipper duo who told me they loved your blog and it inspired their renovations.

    We just put LVP in our entire house except the bedrooms and I love it. Ours is a different manufacturer, is more grey than yours, looks like old barnwood. Our house is a non-architectural style run of the mill 80s single story rancher. The floor in my kitchen was uglier than yours because it was orange and white vinyl sheet stuff with rolled up coved edges!

  3. Looks GREAT! I know you love it. Looks like Robert had a few bandaids on his left hand- good man to work “hurt”!:)

  4. I squealed when I saw the Before and After pictures! So beautiful and you must be so happy with it. We are currently in a full home remodel and our LVP was delivered yesterday and will be installed next week. I’m so excited to have low-maintenance floors!

  5. Looks wonderful! Is the new floor higher than the adjoining rooms? Do you have pictures of the transitions?

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