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How to fit Skirting Boards on your own? | Skirting SuperMarket

September 05, 2018

How to fit your own skirting boards!


So you just bought a skirting board but have no idea how to fit it? Well, lucky you! We got you completely covered. Skirting360 has put together a comprehensive guide on getting your skirting board fitted! You don't have to pay extra to fit your skirting boards when you can do it yourself!

Here is how you fit your skirting boards!

You are going to need the following things at hand to ensure this process goes smoothly:

  1. A Drill
  2. A Saw
  3. A Mitre Box or Mitre Saw
  4. A Hammer
  5. Panel Pins
  6. Measuring Tape
  7. Wood Filler
  8. Wood Glue
  9. Coping Saw
  10. Planer
  11. Adhesive
  12. Nails
  13. A Pencil

Step #1 : Start off by measuring the dimensions! Goes without saying really.

Use the measuring tape to measure the total length of the skirting board you just purchased. Make sure you add an extra 15-20% for contingency. This is extremely essential since you should be accounting for some waste or bad cuts too. Let's face it, we all know that is going to happen! Fitting skirting boards is easy though, so don't worry. All you have to do is follow this guide!

Pro Tip : Try to start with your longest wall. This way, you can use the offcuts from this for your corners or for your shorter walls. Thank us later!

Step #2 : Make your marks on the skirting boards!

You want to make sure you do not make any mistakes while fitting your skirting boards, because it happens many times that you put up the wrong side facing the room! A great practice is to mark the skirting boards on the side you want facing the inside of the room. This way, you can avoid any "OOPS!" moments later. 

Step #3 Make the easier straight cuts first!

Well, duh! Of course, do the easier stuff first. Make sure you start with square-edged cuts first. You can use your mitre saw as we recommended and give a good straight, sweet cut! This constitutes the first part of fitting your skirting boards, now we can move onto the more interesting part.

Step #4 Attaching your first skirting board!

Now, comes the important part! You can attach your skirting board in a number of ways, here we are going to explain the two most popular ways which are:
1. How to fit your skirting boards without nails ( Adhesives)
2. How to fit your skirting boards with nails

How to fix your skirting boards without nails

Instant Adhesive is by far the most popular way to fit skirting boards without much effort. Adhesives are particularly used in homes with plasterboard walls. So if you do not have a solid wall, we recommend you to use adhesives, as this is much safer! 

Apply the adhesive to the skirting board and make sure you are fitting the skirting board on the correct side. Now, after ensuring that you can press the board on the wall.

How to fix your skirting boards with nails!


Now, if you have a solid wall, here is what you are going to do! 

Run a pilot drill through the skirting board to mark the wall at around every 6cm. Now, drill and rawplug these holes. Make sure the screws are long enough to go through the board and at least 3cm into the walls or studs behind. Use the wood fillers to cover these holes so it looks good!

Step #5 : Scribing!

So what the hell is scribing right?! Well, now that you have fitted your first skirting board, it is very important to make sure the second skirting board fits into your first skirting board or else it is just going to look very ridiculous!

Here is how you do this, first you need to cut a 45-degree angle in the end of the new piece of board using a mitre saw. Make sure you cut away the waste section! You’ll be left with the profile of the skirting board that will slot onto the section that is already attached to the wall. You should probably practice with an off-cut first so you don't mess anything up!

Step #6 : Make sure your skirting boards are a match made in heaven!

Check whether the board you have just scribed fits in perfectly with your first board, if not then you should make the required changes to it and then attach it to the wall! Oh, we forgot to mention that you should definitely not scribe both the ends. Always fit a square end of a skirting board with the scribed end of another skirting board.

Just Like a Puzzle!

Step #7 : Make sure they fit!

You want to make sure that you fit mitred external corners in pairs so you can adjust them to fit together perfectly. This is way better than fitting your skirting board and then trying to get the other to fit with it!

Step #8 : Fill all the gaps!

Once you are done, you need to fill any remaining gaps between the skirting boards! If you want your living room to look good, then you should be doing this without fail! 

Fill in all the gaps left with decorator's caulk and then run your finger through it for a neat and tidy finish. Allow it to dry before painting!

Now, you should not be worrying about painting if you are going to be ordering the primed white skirting boards  from skirting supermarket!

I guess, that is all! Here is how you fit your skirting boards all by yourself! Let us know if this post helped you, it would encourage us to serve you better!

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