Coving Installation

Updated April 17, 2017

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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


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

Things You'll Need

  • Coving
  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • Measuring tape
  • Mitre saw
  • Putty knife
  • Drill
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Ben Wakeling graduated from Coventry University in 2009 with an upper second class honours B.Sc. degree in construction management. Wakeling is also a freelance writer, and works for a number of businesses, such as Demand Studios, Suite 101 and Academic Knowledge.