Coving Installation

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Coving Installation
Coving adds a decorative finish as well as covering any cracks. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Coving is a plaster profile that is fixed to the joint between wall and ceiling to give a decorative finish. It comes in a variety of styles and sizes, from a simple concave design to highly intricate designs. As well as providing a pleasing aesthetic finish to the room, coving can cover unsightly cracks that often occur where the ceiling meets the wall. Installing coving is not a difficult task, but takes careful preparation to ensure each measurement is accurate.

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Things you need

  • Coving
  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • Measuring tape
  • Mitre saw
  • Putty knife
  • Drill

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  1. 1

    Use your tape measure to carefully ascertain the length of each wall in the room where you wish to install coving. Write these down; you may find it handy to sketch a plan of your room. Total the length required and add 10 per cent for wastage.

  2. 2

    Cut the moulding into sections that fit each wall length in your room using a mitre saw. You should aim to avoid joints on straight runs where possible, but if you have a large room this may be unavoidable.

  3. 3

    Hold each coving section in place and nail it to the walls. You will find that having a helper to hold the coving in place while you nail would get the task completed quicker than if you were working alone.

  4. 4

    Use your mitre saw to cut the coving at 45-degree angles so you can install it in the corners of your room. Complete the coving in the room using Steps 3 and 4.

  5. 5

    Use wood putty to hide any nail holes.You may also wish to paint the coving to give it a nice finish.

Tips and warnings

  • Take great care when nailing coving to avoid splitting the moulding itself.

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