Skirting boards mask the joint between your walls and flooring, and prevent furniture from coming a bit too close for comfort – who wants sofa scuffs all up their walls?
Here’s our easy guide to fitting yours.
Before you start, make sure to cover your work area with dust sheets.
You can either use a crowbar to lever the existing skirting board away from the wall, or lever it with a chisel and insert blocks of wood to create a gap between the boards and the wall so you can saw off the board.
Note: Skirting boards butted against the door architrave are easier to lever off. Longer skirting boards, with ends joined in internal corners of walls, will need to be sawed off and removed.
Saw off the board at a 45 degree angle.
If you plan to lever the top edge of the skirting board, carefully tap between the skirting board and the wall with a chisel and hammer.
To protect the wall from dents while you remove the skirting board with the chisel, slide a piece of thin wood between the blade of the chisel and the wall.
Gently tap the side of the skirting board to loosen the nails that are securing the board to the wall.
Remove the nails with pliers.
Measure the length of the wall where you plan to fit the new skirting boards.
For scribed, butt-jointed and moulded skirting boards at internal corners, you’ll need to cut the end at 45 degrees, and cut along the contour line on the moulded face with a saw.
You can use a mitre box to achieve an exact 45 degree angle cut.
Drive the nails into the skirting board on the wall at an angle – called skew-nailing.
Apply a thin coat of primer before you decorate your new skirting boards.
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