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

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…)

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  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??

  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

  8. Sharon says

    I have been looking for the black and white checkerboard sheet lineoleum for a very long time. I live in Colorado Springs, Colorado and do not know where to look for it. Can somebody tell me where I can get it in my area. I don’t want the tiles. Can you also get me the cost ? I don’t want the kind that you have to polish. Just plain balck and white smooth.
    Thank you !

    • pam kueber says

      We do not sell anything here, Sharon. Refer to the companies profiled in the story – I am sure you should be able to ask them about local distributors. Or, take the list to your local flooring company and have them help you get one of these. They will also tell you the cost.

      Click on the links — the are in bright blue!

  9. Bill says

    I am looking for 18 x 18 peel and stick black and white tiles. Please note that each 18 inch tile has four 9 x 9 black and white squares.
    I did a very small apartment kitchen many years ago and it looks great. Ran them at a 45° and with each color tile only being 9 inches makes that small space seem large.
    However I need to replace from of the tiles by the door and I can’t find them. Please help!

  10. Donna says

    Had my kitchen done in Black and White Check by Mannington, Checkpoint. I love it but it is a sheet vinyl and now that the bubbles and seams are showing the installer told me they ALL do this!!!.
    He is ripping up the floor I paid $2,000 for and going to replace it. He said if its sheet goods it will show every crack and granny in the floor so I’m on the search for tiles. Having trouble finding white white, but can find black in marmoleum. Any suggestions?

    • pam kueber says

      Go to the Commercial section of companies’ websites. See our Kitchen Help / Flooring page for our research. I recall I recently did a story on all the companies we could find that offer resilient tiles.

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