HOW TO FIT COVING – Fitting coving is a great way to finish off any room. It makes a room look more curvy and breaks up hard lines from walls to ceilings. In this guide we will show you how to fit coving the easy way.
Take a tape measure, pen and paper. Measure around the room and write down the measurements. Add about 10% extra to cover any mistakes you might make.
Take a trip to your local DIY store and purchase sufficient coving and coving adhesive. There are different types of coving available on the market from Plaster to lightweight Polystyrene. Each requires a different adhesive but all are fitted in pretty much the same way.
To make life easier, remove as much of the furniture out of the room as possible. Lay down a dust sheet to protect your floor coverings and drape dust sheets over any remaining furniture in the room.
Cut a small piece of coving, about 12″ long and use this as a template to mark the top and bottom of the coving on the wall and ceiling with a pencil. Once you have done the entire room you will have a top and a bottom guideline to work from.
Make sure the area you are coving is smooth and free from old bits of wallpaper or flaking paint – simply take some sandpaper and rub down and then clean off with a damp rag.
Work from the longest wall in the room. Firstly cut a mitre joint at the end where it meets the corner of the room. If your walls are not square and you want a really nice tight corner fitting then cut a Coped Joint.
Between your guideline and ceiling, take a utility knife and score the wall along the entire length. This provides a good key for the adhesive. Turn the coving over and on the areas that meet the wall and ceiling apply an even layer of adhesive.
Place the coving on the wall and follow the pencil guidelines you made a the top and bottom. Once in place press firmly to fit to the wall and ceiling. Take some small pin nails and directly under the coving, on the wall, place one every 12″ or so. This will help support the coving while the adhesive dries.
With a filler knife remove any excess adhesive that comes out from the sides when pressing against the wall. You can finish cleaning any additional adhesive with a damp sponge.
Work your way around the room. Any joints can be covered with adhesive.
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