Getting a Grip: Tools and Techniques for Installing Stairway Skirtings


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When it comes to renovating your home, installing
skirting board can add an extra edge to your interior design. However, the process of measuring and installing skirting boards can be quite challenging, especially without prior knowledge and experience.


Whether you are renovating your house or even a single room, the skirting board needs to be installed properly to achieve a neat and professional finish. This article will guide you on how to accurately measure for skirting board installation and the best practices for perfect installation.


  1. Measure Accurately


Before purchasing the skirting board, it’s essential to measure the exact length of the wall. Using a tape measure, measure from the corner of the wall to the other end. If the room has uneven walls, measure at the widest points of the wall as cutting skirting to fit tight may result in a visible gap when installed.


Measure each wall separately and add all dimensions together. The total measurement will be the overall length required for the skirting board. Ensure that you add a few extra inches to cater for any wastage or incorrect cutting.


  1. Determine the Height


The height of the skirting board will depend on the room’s size and requirements. Usually, a room with a higher ceiling requires a higher skirting board. The general rule is the skirting boards should never exceed 20% of the room height.


To determine the height of the skirting, measure from the floor to the wall’s height with a tape measure. Then divide the measurement by 5 to find the perfect skirting board height.


  1. Choose the Skirting Board


There are various types of skirting board profiles available, depending on the preference and the room design. A plain, simple skirting board profile can suit almost any room design, while a more ornate profile can suit an elegant and luxurious room design. Choose the skirting profile that matches with the house’s decoration style.


  1. Prepare for Installation


Before installing the skirting board, there are a few things that need to be done to prepare the wall. First, remove any old skirting boards from the wall. If the wall is painted, ensure it is clean and dry as dust can affect the adhesive.


Next, cut the skirting board to the designated measurement with a saw. It’s essential to cut at a 45-degree angle where the section of the board meets. This gives it a neat and professional look. Also, ensure that the boards are cut straight to prevent any visible gap where two boards meet.


  1. Installation


Finally, it’s time to install the skirting board. Apply adhesive to the back of the skirting board and place it against the wall, ensuring it’s aligned straight with the wall. Hold it in place for a few minutes while the adhesive dries.


Use panel pins to firmly attach the skirting board to the wall. The pins should be placed at a 45-degree angle and every 30 cm to keep the skirting board sturdy.


When it comes to skirting board installation, accurately measuring and preparing the wall is crucial for a perfect finish. Ensure to choose a suitable profile that suits the room interior design and uses the right tools when cutting the board. Once done, use the correct adhesive and attach, and fix the skirting board firmly. With these simple steps, you can achieve a professional-looking finish for your home renovation.

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