How to fit skirting board

Updated February 21, 2017

Adding a skirting board to a room can be a simple way of changing the look of that room completely. With some time and a little expense, a skirting board can bring added detail as well as elegance to any space. Fortunately, installing and fitting skirting board is something you can so yourself.

Measure around the area to which you wish to add a skirting board. Write the measurements down then add 20% to the total. This will give you a little extra to take into account any cuts you will be making when you fit the skirting board.

Choose the skirting boards you will use. Pick out the skirting boards that will compliment the style for your room or rooms the best. Buy enough to match the total measurement you found in Step 1.

Measure each section of wall and cut the skirting board to length.

Fit the skirting board to inside corners by cutting the each piece at a 45 degree angle so they will fit together. If the skirting board has an elaborate profile, you will have to cut away the back corner to fit them together better.

Fit outside corners, or the corners that go around areas like chimneys, by reversing the 45 degree angle that you created in Step 4.

Adhere the skirting board to the wall and the corners with wood glue or epoxy. Use screws of finish nails to secure the skirting boards to the wall. If you use screws, counter sink holes into the skirting board's length, then insert the screws. Cover the screw heads with wood putty or caps. With finish nails, counter sinking is not necessary, though you can hide the nail holes with wood putty.


Practice the angled cuts in Steps 4 and 5 on scrap pieces before making final cuts.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Skirting boards
  • Mitre saw
  • Wood glue or epoxy
  • Counter sink
  • Wood screws
  • Cordless drill and bit
  • Hammer
  • Finish nails
  • Wood putty or caps
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Marjorie Gilbert is a freelance writer and published author. An avid researcher, Gilbert has created an Empire gown (circa 1795 to 1805) from scratch, including drafting the gown's patterns by hand.