How to Install Molding

If you are one of many wondering how to install molding, you should sit back and wonder no more. As you read this you should get a good understanding of exactly what should be done throughout the process in order to have your home or room looking better than ever before in minimal time with as little effort as possible for a project of this scope.

I highly recommend reading through all the instructions before you begin in order to make sure that you understand the entire process. Once you begin making cuts it is often too late to go back and make adjustments without paying some sort of cost for the privilege of doing so.


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Where to Begin

A good place to begin with the process of how to install molding in your home is to know which end is up. Literally. This is one area that brings about the most debate in many home improvement projects. You should definitely have this decided and established if you are working with others on the project. It would be a shame to have opposite ends up at opposite corners of your room. Other than this, a good place to begin is the studs. You will need to go around the room and locate the studs.

It is a good idea to use pencil marks just below the line of the molding to indicate where the studs in the room are located. Whenever possible, particularly with crown or base molding, you should make the effort to try and purchase lengths that will run the complete length of your wall so you do not have to join pieces. If you cannot do this, it is recommended that you add 2 feet to every length in order to cover the molding necessary in order to cut the joints over studs.

Ceiling molding, unlike base molding should be applied at a forty-five degree angle rather than flat against the wall. If you are only dealing with inside corners, the process is fairly straightforward. You will install the pieces of molding with square cuts on one end and coped cuts on the other.

You will also want to take great care not to damage the molding. One way of doing this is to use a nail set in order to finish driving then nails rather than risking hitting the molding with a hammer. You can use putty in order to fill in any holes that are created by the nails.

Concluding Thoughts

Many people avoid installing crown molding in their home for fears or worries over how to install molding that are completely unnecessary. The process is not nearly as difficult as we tend to make it out to be. In fact, the most difficult thing about installing crown molding is getting accustomed to the overhead work. For this reason many people who haven't done this work before seriously underestimate the amount of time it will take to do this particular project and the muscle aches involved.

Take your time and plan plenty of it in order to complete this project beautifully and the most important piece of advice I can give anyone on a project of this scope is to always measure twice before cutting. It is much better and less expensive to catch a mistake in measuring before you have put blade to wood.