3 places to buy black and white checkerboard floor tile – in resilient vinyl

black and white checkerboard floor tileIf you are designing a diner style retro kitchen, laundry room or even basement, you might want to consider this black-and-white floor tile in resilient sheet vinyl from Mannington, Armstrong, or Tarkett.

In my experience, sheet vinyl is low cost and super easy to keep clean. The Mannington design features 9″ squares — this was the classic, mid-centurblack and white checkerboard floory scale. Other makers have larger, 12″ squares. And Armstrong has both solid and marbleized squares to choose from. You also can achieve the black and white checkerboard look using 12″ x 12″ VCT tiles, which are going to require regular polishing and buffing… in lineoleum from Forbo/Marmoleum or Armstrong… or by using ceramic tile, which will be harder under foot.

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  1. says

    I know this is an old thread, but we’re getting prepared to lay a VCT black and white floor in our 13×13 40s farm-cottage kitchen. It won’t be completely retro, but I’ve painted cabinets off-white and we’re using schoolhouse lights. Dithering about diagonal vs. straight and also wondering if anyone else waxes and buffs these floors and just how much hassle it is…

  2. Angela says

    I had Mannington Gold brand b&w vinyl sheet years ago. Didn’t care for the product (shrinkage!) but LOVED the look. New (to us) house…want to revisit the checkerboard tile in kitchen, considering Armstrong tiles. Here’s the issue: this eat-in kitchen has lots of funky angles (3-sided bay window that overlooks sunroom & an angled entryway to living area on same side as the bay — yikes!) I just keep picturing odd lines, especially along the perimeter, with both diagonal and squared alignment. Need some input, stat! Thx!

    • says

      Can you line the squares up so they will be parallel to the diagonal of the entry way? You should start in the middle, so all the lines along the edges, should be equal (ha! easier said than done…)

  3. Hazzy Ratchford says

    Where can I buy 12″ x 12″ Black & white tiles. solid vinyl, COMPLETELY SMOOTH SURFACE – NO RIDGES, NO TEXTURE. PLEASE HELP IF YOU CAN. I’M DESPERATE TO MATCH EXISTING FLOOR. THANKS ..HAZZY

  4. Lisa says

    Does anyone know where I can buy the black and white square vinyl. I live in the Houston area. I would like it to be in stock so I dont have to wait to order it. Having a party soon! Anyone have any ideas??
    Lisa

  5. Carolyn says

    We really want to do black and white checkerboard for our kitchen. Currently have cork which is great to stand on – but the colour choice by the previous owner was um… “disappointing” and it is quite scratched up in a few areas.

    We would love to keep the warmth and softness of cork but haven’t found any good opaque cork tiles to do a checkerboard pattern.

    We are wondering if we could lay the vinyl (thinking of the Mannington 9″ squares) OVER the cork – or is that both stupid (this question would be sacrilegious on cork sites :). We have also heard mixed reviews about painting cork floors.

    Any advice?

  6. Travis says

    Thanks much for posting this information. I have been looking for a couple months for small, true black and true white check with no luck. Found this article yesterday and last night found a store that carries Mannington. I’m in Los Angeles and the store actually keeps the Mannington Checkpoint floor in stock as they supply the studios with flooring. This will be installed in my 1951 kitchen and laundry room as soon as I can get an install appointment.

  7. mary wellman says

    I am looking for large retro black and white laminate flooring for my farmhouse I want to do my dining area my kitchen and my bathroom in this design. need help locating

    Thankyou, Mary Margaret Wellman RN MI

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