A Step by Step Guide to Coving and Skirting

Are you the type of person who wants to experiment with coving and skirting for better looking floors? If you have thought about doing this for quite a while now, but have no idea how, then you should definitely try looking into this type of...


Home improvement projects, so that you can do it yourself. If you do not know what coving and skirting is, first and foremost, coving is the concave curve that you can find on most home floorings, ceilings and walls...

While skirting is the protective boarder that is fixed around the base of a wall interior (especially if its for wood or tiles), to prevent dirt, kicks or any kind of foreign object from damaging it.

Also Read: Safety tips while doing DIY projects

​This type of job is pretty easy to do, but if you want this kind of interior decoration done in your home, you must first learn the basics of how to do it to ensure that you do this job well and with out mistakes so that you do not have to spend the extra cash to hire someone else.

​If you do not know how to start, here are some ways to help you get started on this job:

How to Fit Coving and Skirting

Before you get to work on coving and skirting, you must first check to see if the existing ones need to be replaced already.

This type of job requires that you make sure to know what you are dealing with so that you do not have to risk time and effort, especially if it does not need to be replaced yet.


Skirting Boards

If you are already decided and have your heart set on changing these without it being damaged, here is a step-by-step guide on how to do each:


Before you start dismantling anything in your home, make sure that you measure the room first; to see how much skirting board you need to work with. Make sure that you buy extra so that you do not end up having to waste anything and at the same time risk making any bad cuts.

It helps to run a multipurpose detector around each part of the wall and mark it with a location of pipes or cables to indicate where you need to cut through.


Side note: Before you start, make sure that you start with the longest part of the wall and finish with the shortest. That way if there are any excess from the longer parts, you can use it to annex to the shorter parts of the wall.


Start with the longest part of the wall, use a MITRE box to saw into the first board, and form an angle of 45 degrees at the end. Make sure that you measure the distance from the corner to the first board.


On a second piece of floorboard, measure the skirting again using a MITRE box to saw an opposite angle of 45 degrees to meet with the first board that you cut.


Using a planer, trim and test fit the boards. Make sure that when you trim the boards, it comes out with a flush finish. This will ensure that you secure the joining skirting.



When working, make sure that you fix the skirting on the wall. You can nail it to the wall using nails for masonry, using adhesive so that the nails wont look to jarring, or you can also screws to screw into the plaster.


If you are going to use screws, make sure that you use wood screws for this. If you are going to use nails, make sure that they are flush to the board, and if you are going to use adhesive, make sure that you are joining the MITRE joints. Once you are done, you can secure with panel pins.


If you are going to join the skirting to an internal corn, make sure that you cut the length of the first skirting board to ensure that it butts against the wall.


Cut an angle of 45 degrees at the end of the second skirting board, and then cut a 90-degree angle using a coping saw to the face of the board. When using a coping saw, make sure that you follow the grooves of the board.


By this time, you should have already achieved putting the second board into position with the first one.


For the external corners of your wall, make sure that you saw angles at 45 degrees, so that both ends of the boards will meet. Again, test fit the pieces so that they fit well with each other. Then finish with adhesive.



Make sure to fill any nail heads. If you are painting the skirting, make sure that the nails are not seen. If you are going for a more natural finish, use a wood filler so that it can replicate the style of your wall or at least compliment it.



Make sure to fill in any gaps if your walls are uneven.

uneven finish



With your coving on hand, measure the width and mark the spot using a ruler with a marker, pencil or anything that will make it easy to see.


Using the spot you have marked as your guide, draw a straight line on each part of the wall that is farthest from the ceiling, this will serve as the width of your coving.


Mark the areas on the ceiling and in between the lines using a pocketknife so that there parts of wallpaper that is too large.


Measure at each corner coving that is at least at an angle of 45 degrees in two sections that runs perpendicular to the walls and easy to slide over.

Always remember that you need to make each side of coving protrude to the top, while the other one to the bottom. Also make sure that you decide which sections you will use to slope then mark it.


Using a MITRE box, place the coving inside and make sure to cut the sections evenly, so that the edges are as leveled as possible.


Apply adhesive to the first and back part of your coving section. Make sure that these are as thin as possible, to avoid any leaking of adhesive. Remember that the adhesive has to cover the entire length of the coving to ensure that it sticks properly.


Firmly press the first part of the coving to the wall. With the lines you have made previously, use this as your guide to plant it in place. Apply lots of force.


You have the option to put in a few nail, but if you do not want to put nails, make sure that you wipe any excess adhesive so that it does not stick to anything else.

Final Words

All in all, coving and skirting can be quite similar to one another, just make sure to use the right tools so that you can do this job with ease.

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