Attaching wood skirting to your walls can add some class and texture to your rooms. Wood skirting comes in many shapes, sizes and colours, so you have plenty of options for decorating your home. You can even design your own wood skirting if you cannot find a mass-produced skirting you enjoy. No matter how fine your wood skirting looks, though, if you install it incorrectly it may lose all of its visual appeal.
Measure each section of your wall where you will install the skirting. Do not measure the room as a whole, though. Measure each flat expanse of wall from corner to corner.
Record the measurements on a piece of paper. Mark down whether or not the corners of the wall face outward or go inward. This is important because it will tell you at which angle you should cut the pieces of siding.
Cut your siding into the appropriate lengths. Refer to your notes to understand how you should cut the ends of the skirting. For corners that face inward, cut your skirting at a 45-degree angle on the underside of the skirting. For corners that face outwards, towards you, cut the topside of the skirting at a 45-degree angle.
Drill starter holes into the wood skirting at points where you will anchor the skirting to the walls. Make the holes one-eighth inch in diameter. Space each hole about two feet apart.
Pull the carpet away from the walls before you set down the skirting. If you have a wooden floor, you can set the wood skirting down directly over the wood floor.
Run a stud detector over the wall in order to find all the studs. Gently mark the location of each stud with a pencil.
Lay the first piece of wall skirting down. Remember which pieces of skirting are destined for each wall or it may not fit correctly. For each starter hole on the skirting that does not rest over a stud, drill a hole straight through the starter hole and into the plasterwork.
Pull the skirting away from the wall. Insert a plaster plug into each hole that goes directly into the plaster. A plug is not necessary when you anchor the skirting directly to a stud, so only insert it into the plasterwork.
Place the first piece of the wall skirting back against the wall. Drill a wood screw through the wood skirting and into the plaster plugs or studs of the wall. Fasten it so that the head of the screw lies flush with the wood skirting.
Fit the next piece of skirting onto the base of the wall. Line up the creases of the skirting. Continue in this fashion until you secure all of the pieces of skirting to the wall.
Cover the heads of the screws and the creases of the skirting with decorator's caulk. Level out the decorator's caulk with a plaster knife so that it lays flat against the skirting. This makes it less visible when you paint over the skirting.
Cut large (more than 10 feet) pieces of skirting into smaller, more manageable pieces. This makes them easier to set down and transport.
Tips and warnings
- Cut large (more than 10 feet) pieces of skirting into smaller, more manageable pieces. This makes them easier to set down and transport.
Things you need
- Measuring tape
- Stud detector
- Decorator's caulk
- Plaster knife