What are skirting boards? It’s the slightly thin plane of wood attached at the lower part of the walls. They are either nailed or wood-glued there for ornamental purposes. Sometimes it is optional while in other cases it’s simply to add a slick finishing touch to the walls.
You have the option to attach the skirting boards yourself in case you’re like to upgrade the look of your room or to simply replace the skirting board that you already found in your own home. Here are some tools that you can use in order to get the job done:
- Mitre block or mitre saw
- Screws or nails
- Panel pins
- Measuring tape
- Caulk or decorators filler
- Wood fillers
- Skirting boards
- Multi-purpose detector
- Coping saw
Ready with the tools? Now let’s put them to good use:
- Measure the walls that you plan to decorate with these skirting boards with the help of the measuring tape. Then start marking the wall where you would like to install the cables and plugs that the boards will cover. It is recommended that you start with the longest walls first.
- Cut the skirting boards with the help of a miter saw on an angle of 45 degrees. Use the planer to smoothen the cut parts. Just in case the skirting boards end up shorter than the walls you’re trying to put them, cut another one also on a 45-degree angle in a way that can be sleekly attached to make up for the shortage.
- Nail the skirting boards to the wall. You have the option to use adhesive for a compact way to stick them to the wall or both just to fill the gaps between.
- To connect 2 skirting boards in a corner, cut the skirting board that you’re trying to apply to the other side of the wall first using a miter saw and the accompanying block at 45 degrees first and cutting it later with a coping saw to accommodate the details at the upper side of the skirting board to be matched.
- Fit the slab you cut on one side to the skirting board that you’re trying to connect it with. Once it fits, apply adhesive and nail to the wall.
- Apply wood filler on exposed nail heads and gaps between boards for a smooth wooden look.
For more tips on how to design the best skirting boards for you rooms, www.skirting-boards.co.uk has got you covered.