However, in order for it to be optimally adapted to the spatial conditions, it is often necessary to cut the vinyl floor.
Here you can find out how you can cut the vinyl floor quickly and accurately and what is important for a vinyl cutter.
Vinyl flooring is not only available in different decors and finishes, vinyl floorboards or planks are also available in different dimensions.
Nevertheless, it is hardly possible to lay a new vinyl floor without adapting it there or there.
Room dimensions, corners or recesses for heating pipes require the vinyl floor to be trimmed accordingly.
How can vinyl flooring be cut?
Most vinyl floors can generally be cut with little effort – even without special tools.
Whether it is a solid or solid vinyl floor with a relatively small material thickness between 2 mm and 5 mm or a click vinyl floor on HDF carriers with a thickness of approx. 6 mm to 10 mm.
Cut solid or solid vinyl flooring
A simple, sharp cutter knife, a pen and a cutting rail or an angle are sufficient to cut a vinyl floor made of full vinyl.
For this purpose, the cutting edge is simply marked with a pen and the surface of the vinyl floor is cut with the cutter.
The rail ensures that both the marking and the cut are made straight and at the right angle.
With correspondingly low material thickness and a little force, a cut is usually sufficient to cut the vinyl floor exactly.
Click vinyl floor cutting
Even click vinyl floors can be cut quickly and precisely with a commercially available cutter or carpet knife – even vinyl floors with HDF carrier plates or cork.
After the interface has been marked with a pen and an angle or rail, the surface of the vinyl floor is easily carved with the knife.
If the ends of the vinyl floor plank are then pressed down – preferably at a table edge or above the knee – the click vinyl breaks at the set point and a clean edge is created.
For short fringe pieces, which can no longer be broken well by hand, it helps to bend the short side with the help of pliers.
Vinyl floor sawing
If you are not so comfortable with the cutter, you can also saw the vinyl floor in most cases.
A crosscut saw is just as suitable for straight cuts as a jigsaw.
A jigsaw can also be used to cut corners from a vinyl floor, as is required for laying on doors.
Likewise, to cut holes for pipes or to set non-straight or round cuts.
However, the use of a saw is not necessary: corners, holes and curves can be cut just as well with the cutter.
Vinyl cutter – the comfortable alternative
It is even easier to customize vinyl floors with a vinyl cutter.
The practical, versatile devices, which are also known as laminate cutters, ensure precise cuts in no time and thus significantly save time and facilitate work.
Vinyl cutters are suitable for both adhesive vinyl and click vinyl and can cut thick and thin vinyl floors with a material thickness of 2 mm to 11 mm, depending on the model.
Straight cuts are just as possible as angle cuts – most devices also have additional functions to be able to cut skirting boards or corners, for example.
Only recesses – such as for heating pipes – are not possiblewith a vinyl cutter.
In principle, vinyl cutters in two versions Differences:
Manual vinyl cutters
In the case of manual vinyl cutters, the vinyl floor is cut by a blade, which is operated with a lever.
Depending on the model and the thickness of the panel, the vinyl floor can be cut precisely and without material wear by lever action with more or less effort.
Non-slip rubber feet ensure a secure grip of the device, and one hand is always free to fix the vinyl floor element in addition – moving or slipping the cutting edge is therefore virtually impossible.
Another advantage of manual vinyl cutters is that they can be operated wirelessly. They do not require power supply, can therefore be used on the go and do not cause noise or dirt.
Electric vinyl cutters
As an alternative to manual vinyl cutters, there are electric models.
These are equipped with a motor to cut the vinyl floor.
An electric vinyl cutter is especially recommended if physical exertion is to be avoided as far as possible or if large areas of vinyl flooring are to be laid in the shortest possible time.
However, the appropriate power supply must be guaranteed for motor-powered vinyl cutters – in addition, higher noise and dust generation is also created.
Vinyl cutters at a glance
Vinyl cutters are available in a wide variety of designs from a wide range of manufacturers – from the practical basic model for do-it-yourselfers to the comprehensive all-in-one device for professional use.
The models differ on the one hand naturally in price, but on the other hand also in their technical characteristics, equipment and functions.
What to look for in a vinyl cutter
The wide range of different vinyl cutters makes the decision is often not easy. However, there are some criteria that are based on the selection of the appropriate model.
- For example, there are models that are only suitable for cutting vinyl panels or tiles, while other models are more versatile and are also suitable for laminate, parquet or precious wood.
- There are also glaring differences in the cutting width: depending on the model, this can vary from just under 20 cm to a maximum of 46.5 cm.
- The same applies to the thickness of the material: ideally, the vinyl cutter should be able to cut materials up to at least 10 mm.
- Especially with adhesive vinyl it is advantageous if the vinyl cutter is equipped with a non-stick coated blade to avoid an impairment of the cut by sticky adhesive.
- Features, such as an integrated dust bag or laser, can add value to the vinyl cutter.
The best vinyl cutters in comparison
There are many manufacturers of vinyl cutters, models even more.
Among the most well-known brands of vinyl cutters are:
- X4 Tools
All manufacturers offer certain advantages to their models – be it in terms of quality, price-performance ratio, functionality or user-friendliness.
Guidance is provided by regularly carried out product tests and comparisons from various – more or less – independent portals, such as Stiftung Warentest or similar.
When it comes down to it, Wolfcraft is at the top of the bestseller list with its VLC 300, VLC 800 and VNC 250 models.
Models such as the Logoclick LE 210 or the X4-Tools Laminate Vinyl-Schneider also receive top marks in terms of ratings and value for money.
Which model is ultimately best depends on the individual requirements and the actual field of application.
Rent vinyl cutters
If a vinyl cutter is only needed for a single use, it often does not stand for buying a new device.
DIY stores such as Hornbach, Obi or Hellweg therefore usually offer the possibility to borrow a vinyl cutter.
But do-it-yourself flea markets as well as portals such as Shpock or ebay are also a good alternative: Vinyl cutters can also be bought cheaply.