Any trim carpenter or interior designer will tell you: The Crown moulding is the bowtie of a room. It’s the final decorating touch that lets you do something beautiful in your home.
Crown moulding is a beautiful addition to a room’s décor. Its versatility allows you to design any room – from farmhouse to contemporary, your Crown molding style is limited only by your imagination.
If you have ever wanted to install your Crown moulding you’re in luck! The tips and tricks below will help you achieve professional results.
Tools Required To Install Crown Moulding :
Installing Crown moulding can be technical, so you must have the right tools to do so safely.
If you don’t have access to a professional carpentry toolkit, this guide will provide you with a list of tools you’ll need to install Crown moulding around your home.
- Safety Goggles
- Tape Measure (& pencil)
- Miter Saw (or Coping Saw)
- >Plywood (for the Guide Fence)
- Nail Gun (& finish nails in varying sizes)
- Enamel Paint (& angular brush)
- Hot Glue Gun (& glue)
- 100-Grit Sandpaper
- Ladder or step tool
While there is no one-size-fits-all approach to Crown moulding installation, these tools would help you follow the easy-to-follow process we’ve mentioned above.
How do you install Crown moulding?
1. Select The Right Crown moulding for your space.
There are several different types of Crown moulding available in the market, so you may want to look around and determine which one you would like to use.
Pro Tip: Bring the Crown moulding to the installation environment and allow it to sit for a few days before installation. This will allow it to get accustomed to the temperature and humidity of the room.
2. Take the Right Measurements
One of the most important steps in any installation is building a sketch of the area, understanding the lengths of every element involved, and calculating how much material would be required.
Pro Tip: If possible, it is best to opt for pieces that completely cover each wall. This would allow for a much smoother installation and a neater look overall.
3. Build a Guide
Crown molding tends to come in angles — 38º, 52º, 45º, etc. — and hence sits on the walls at an angle. This is why it’s best to create a guide for the miter saw to follow.
You will need to use a piece of plywood as a guide fence for this. Place it on a saw table of the same length with hot glue on both ends – on one end, place the miter saw and the other end would hold the Crown moulding.
Pro Tip: When placing the Crown moulding on the saw table, ensure the decorative side is facing you and at the same angle at which it would be installed.
4. Make the Necessary Cuts
When installing Crown moulding, you must make the right cuts in the right places in the right process. There are three main cuts here – scarf cuts, inner corner joints, and outer corner joints.
A. Scarf Cuts
These are simple enough and are used for those walls that are longer than the Crown moulding you have.
Determine the point at which you’ll be joining these two lengths and then place the first upside down into the miter saw. Adjust the blade at the right angle and then cut through the Crown moulding.
You can place the second length into the saw and use the blade to cut in the same position.
B. Cuts along the outside of Corner Joints
This is when two walls form a joint around the outside corner, making a 270º angle in the interior.
You need to take the first length from above, set it against the fence guide, and cut it around 45º. The second length from above should be cut in the same position holding the moulding you’ll be using on the other side.
C. Cuts along the inside of Corner Joints
On the other hand, this refers to the joint from the inside. So it is a little more complicated but a straightforward process nonetheless.
Here, the first length will be cut straight and sit along the wall. The second length will be at a 45º angle, but it will be cut so that it fits above the first length.
Pro Tip: Pay special attention to your Crown moulding angle here. The complexity of angular collaboration here is paramount in determining the right placement for each piece.
5. Final Installation
With all the work we have set above, the final installation will be a fairly simple process where you just need to follow through on the steps mentioned below.
- Take the first length of moulding and nail it in place. It is best to use finish nails here.
- If there is a scarf cut, you should apply some glue to the scarf joint on the first moulding and fit it well while adding the second length with finish nails.
- Select a direction — clockwise or counter — and follow it through to nail the rest of the molding.
- If a corner joint is too long, take a rasp and even it out to the desired length.
- Give the entire set a neater look by using 100-grit sandpaper that can smoothen the Crown.
- You can further paint the Crown moulding into your desired color if required.
- When the paint sets, your Crown moulding is fully ready!
Pro Tip: If you use the right amount of nails as required, you will have fewer nail holes to look after later. So, pay special attention and ensure each move serves a purpose.
Here’s a handy video you can refer to:
Now that you understand the process for installation, you can allow your mind to explore the many possibilities Crown moulding presents.
Whether it’s on chandeliers, doors, or windows, you can use it to elevate the allure of your interiors and create a strong, elegant look. When used well, Crown moulding helps make a room feel more valuable and detailed.
It prepares one’s mind that there are not just four walls but a room that has been designed carefully.
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