How to fit skirting boards
Skirting boards are used to provide a neat finish to your walls and protect floor level plaster. Our range of white Orac skirting boards are easy to install and finished with a white primer ready for a final coat of paint. Made from lightweight duropolymer, they are waterproof, shockproof, impact resistant, making them a great choice for modern day homes.
In this article, we will show you how to fit skirting boards, including how to cut your skirting to size, measuring and cutting angles for skirting corners and how to apply skirting adhesive.
Before you get started, we recommend storing your skirting boards and adhesives at room temperature and waiting 24 hours before installing them.
To fit your skirting boards, you will need the following tools:
- Tape measure
- Mitre box & saw
- There are various mitre saw options including using a mitre box and a panel saw, a precision mitre saw, or an electric compound mitre saw.
- Caulking gun
- Protective equipment i.e. gloves, eye protection and a dust mask
Before you begin, make sure your walls are ready by checking the following:
- Are your walls flat?
- Are they dust free?
- Have they been sanded and washed down?
- Are they dry with no grease stains?
If the answer to all the questions above is yes, then your walls are ready and you can get started.
How to cut your skirting boards:
Most of our skirting boards come in 2m lengths. Therefore you’ll need to measure your walls to calculate the skirting lengths required and cut the skirting boards to the required lengths for shorter sections. You’ll also need to calculate the angle of any corners and cut the ends of your skirting boards to create the required internal and external corner joints. Internal corners face inwards, and external corners outwards, as shown in the images below:
Internal corner example:
Product shown: SX125 Small Contemporary Skirting Board
External corner example:
Product shown: SX118 Skirting Board
We recommend starting at the lefthand side of the door and working your way around the room in an anti-clockwise direction.
Follow the steps below for each length of skirting required.
- To create a skirting board corner joint, using your protractor or angle measurer, measure the angle of the corner required. If the total corner angle is 90 degrees, then you will need to cut 2 45 degree angles.
Top Tip: Although we assume that all room corners are 90 degree angles, in reality this is not always the case and measuring corner angles is an important part of fitting skirting so don’t skip this step!
- Using your tape measure, measure the required length of skirting. Mark on the back of the skirting board with a pencil the required length.
- Hold the skirting board up to the wall to gauge the direction of the cut that is required. On the top of the skirting board, using your pencil, lightly mark the direction in which the angle cut should be made.
Example: 90 degree corner (as shown below)
A 90 degree wall corner will require each board to be cut at an opposite 45 degree angle, as shown below:
Angle 1 (top of board view)
Angle 2 (top of board view)
- Set your mitre box to the required angle size and direction.
- Place the skirting board into the mitre box in an upright position with the front of the skirting board facing you. Make sure you secure the board tightly into the mitre box to avoid any movement during sawing, to ensure a clean finish.
Top Tip: When cutting a long length of skirting, support the board at the end you’re not cutting, to ensure it is level with the base of the mitre box as you cut.
- Using the saw, cut the board at the required angle.
- Repeat the steps above for the second skirting board length to complete the corner.
- Take both skirting lengths and check that the corners fit together before fixing to the wall.
How to fit the skirting to the wall:
Unlike traditional wooden skirting boards, Orac skirting boards are made of a lightweight duropolymer meaning that you don’t need screws to fit your skirting boards to the wall. There are various adhesives available to fit Orac skirting boards. You will need two adhesives to fit your skirting boards – one to fix the skirting boards to the walls, and one to join two skirting boards together e.g. for joints and corners.
Here are the types of Orac adhesives to choose from. Each adhesive comes in various sizes to meet the needs of your project.
- Decofix® Pro adhesive – for use on interior walls and porous surfaces
- Decofix® Power – for use with heavy profiles or non porous surfaces
- Decofix® Extra adhesive – for use on skirting joins and corners
How to apply adhesive to skirting boards:
- Open your adhesive, attach the nozzle and snip the end off, as per product instructions, and insert canister into caulking gun.
- Take your length of cut skirting and apply adhesive to the back of the skirting board areas that will touch the wall (usually the top and bottom of the skirting boards). Apply the adhesive to the entire length of the skirting board, do not apply sporadically in blobs.
- Firmly press the skirting board to the wall, ensuring that you work along the length of the board to ensure all parts of the skirting board are against the wall.
- When pressing the skirting board against the wall, you will notice that some of the adhesive spills out of the top and out of any joints. This is normal. Clean away any overspill with a spatula and damp cloth to ensure a clean finish. You may need to repeat this again after a few hours.
Top Tip: Don’t forget to use the correct adhesive, depending on whether you are attaching the skirting board to the wall, or another skirting board.
Watch Orac’s video on how to fit skirting boards
Here at Wm Boyle, our knowledgeable team would be happy to answer any queries you have about fitting skirting boards. Get in touch today.