DIY Dreamland: Skirting Board Installation Made Easy

So, you’ve taken the leap! You found the perfect skirting board for sale, and now it’s sitting in your garage, waiting for its debut. But before you let the anxiety of “What have I gotten myself into?” set in, take a deep breath. DIY enthusiasts, like yourself, thrive on challenges! With a few expert tips, you’ll have that skirting board fixed up in no time.

1. Measure Twice, Cut Once:
Yes, it’s an age-old saying, but it’s repeated so often for good reason. Always double-check your measurements to ensure you don’t waste material or time. Remember, it’s easier to trim a bit more off than to deal with a short piece.

2. The Right Tools:
Equip yourself with the basics – a good saw, a miter box for those neat corner cuts, adhesive (if you’re not nailing it in), and a measuring tape. Having everything at arm’s reach streamlines the process.

3. Perfect Prep:
Before affixing your new skirting board, make sure the wall is clean and smooth. If you’re replacing an old skirting board, ensure all remnants of it, including nails and old adhesive, are removed.

4. Corners and Curves:
Ah, the tricky part! When dealing with internal corners, the best approach is to scribe one board over the other. For external corners, a neat mitered joint will give a polished look. And for those adventurous souls with curved walls? Flexible skirting is your best bet.

5. Adhesive vs. Nails:
Both methods have their pros. Adhesive is less messy and won’t leave visible holes, but it demands a clean wall for proper adhesion. Nails give a sturdier hold, especially in older homes where walls might not be perfectly smooth. Choose what aligns with your skills and the wall’s condition.

6. Finishing Touches:
Once installed, fill any gaps or nail holes with wood filler. Sand lightly for a smooth finish, and voilà, you’re ready for painting!

7. Don’t Rush:
While you might be eager to see the transformation, take your time. It’s the minute attention to detail that differentiates a professional-looking job from a hurried one.