A beautiful new skirting board finishes a room, so whether you’re replacing an old one or adding a brand new skirting to a new room, follow this guide to help you you get it right the first time.

Step 1

fitting skirtingBy far the trickiest part when starting your skirting board project is knowing how to join the corners correctly. There are two types of corners you need to know about, internal and external.

Internal corners face inwards and external corners face outwards, depending on which you need (or you may have both types in the same room) these will require some different tools.  For external corners, you need a mitre box and a panel saw.  You may also need to use a bench or have somewhere where you can fix it securely in place.

For internal corners you’ll need to cut what is known as scribed joint, this is where one part of the skirting boards is cut square and the end of the other skirting is shaped to the profile of the skirting board and two pieces can then be pushed together and form a square cut piece.

Step 2

Using adhesive to apply the skirting by far the simplest method,  this is suitable if you have a nice rat warm and you shouldn’t need any additional fittings,  simply apply the adhesive to the back of the skirting at regular intervals firmly press to the wall.

If you will be using screws to fit your skirting boards you need to mark your skirting board so they match with the fixing points on the wall ideally two centimetres below the start of the curved surface at the top.  It is best to do this at around 60 cm intervals.  then when you need to mark up the wall call to match with the skirting.  make sure you have used a pipe and cable detector before drilling holes in walls,  in order to correctly make sure you’re using a suitable drill bit for the wall.

Step 3

Once your skirting board is installed and you have waited for the glue to dry finishing touches would be to use a flexible decorators caulk to seal up any small gaps between the skirting.

You should now be left with a nice new skirting board fitted with no gaps and ready to paint.

How to fit a new skirting board