HOW TO FIT DECORATIVE MOULDINGS – Mouldings are a great way to set off a room, from coving to dado / picture rails but fitting them can sometimes be a bit tricky, especially the mitre cuts. In this guide we provide you with practical advice on the types of moldings available and how to fit them.
Start by choosing the type of decorative mouldings you want to fit, for example, Skirting or Baseboards, Dado Rails, etc.
Take a tape measure and measure the walls where the moldings will be fitted.
Take a trip to your local DIY store or Timber merchant and purchase the amount you need. Add about 10% to cover any mistakes.
Starting in one corner of the room cut a mitre joint. If your walls are not square, that is they don’t form a 90 degree angle, then consider cutting a coped joint. A coped joint allows for a very tight fit regardless to the angle in the corners.
If you are fitting a Dado or Picture Rail: Measure, at intervals of about 4 feet, from the bottom of the wall to the point you want the rail to fit. Now repeat this from the ceiling, between the marks draw a straight line, top and bottom. This will give you guidelines on where your rail will run when fitting.
You can fit moldings using either specified adhesives, see the instructions or ask your local DIY store, or with nails.
If you are fitting the mouldings with nails, take a nail punch and hammer and gently tap the nail head so that it sinks below the surface of the moulding. Now take a filler and cover the nail heads for a perfect finish.
Acknowledgements: Video – Lowes.com