How to measure coving

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How to measure coving
Fitted coving has a longer outer edge. (JZhuk/iStock/Getty Images)

Coving is a plaster strip installed in homes to add decoration around ceiling corners. Because the plaster is typically durable, it's also possible to install coving on a home's exterior. To ensure a proper fit for the coving, you will need to take measurements of all areas where you plan to install the trim. A sometimes difficult part of the process is measuring angles, including the inward and outward corners of the walls.

Things you need

  • Pencil and paper
  • Tape measure
  • Adjustable protractor (360-degree)

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  1. 1

    Draw a sketch of the room where you will install coving. Leave enough space on the diagram to add measurement figures.

  2. 2

    Measure the length in between all corners of the room with a tape measure. Write down each measurement on the corresponding wall in your diagram.

  3. 3

    Place a 360-degree adjustable protractor against each corner, both inside and outside.

  4. 4

    Move each side of the protractor until each lay flush on opposite walls in the corner. Write down the degree measurement on your diagram.

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