Crown moulding can add the perfect touch of sophistication to any space in your home. But it can also be a little bit trickier to install than other types of trim because it requires cutting and aligning many compound angles.
So when taking on a crown moulding project, consider these essential things before jumping in and getting your hands dirty.
- Prepping Your Site
One important thing to remember is that you’ll need to locate the studs in your walls for nailing your crown moulding into. Once you’ve found them, be sure to mark those sections of the wall with a pencil so you can easily find them later during installation. Or, if you’d rather not try to locate every stud, you can skip that step and install plywood backer board to the top plate instead.
Another step in prepping your site is drawing up a room plan that lays out the order of your installation. This step ensures that you don’t accidentally install any pieces incorrectly or out of order.
- Triple Checking Your Measurements
Once you’ve prepared your space, you’ll then want to make sure that all your measurements are 100% correct. As many home-improvement DIYers can attest to, it can be incredibly frustrating to start installing your moulding only to find out that your measurements were slightly under what they were supposed to be. To be safe, it’s advised to overestimate your measurements, as they can always be shortened later.
- Using a Power Miter Saw
When it comes to crown moulding, all the pieces have to fit like a glove or it will just look messy. Because your moulding needs to have 45-degree angles to ensure a perfect fit, you’ll need a tool that tackles this type of accuracy with ease.
So, you’ll want to use a 10- or 12-inch power miter saw that has a stand with an integral power strip, extendable arms and an exhaust port for attaching a vacuum to. You’ll then lay the moulding flat beneath the blade, or prop it up against the saw at an angle, to match the angle it will be installed in the space between the wall and the ceiling.
- Buying Extra Wood Filler
Another crucial tip is to purchase more wood filler than you think you might need. There are likely going to be cracks, nail holes, slightly open seams or other flaws that show up after the installation, so be sure to use this material to cover up all the imperfections. Simply smooth the affected area over with the filler, wait for it to dry, sand the area down and coat it with a fresh layer of paint.
From preparation to installation, be sure to consider these essential tips before tackling a crown moulding project for the first time. For more information about installing moulding or trim, download our complimentary checklist below.