How to Install Crown Molding
Need to know how to install crown molding? Crown molding adds a touch of classic design style and beauty to a room. Crown molding comes in many styles, wood varieties and price points. When shopping for crown molding consider purchasing re-claimed moldings from older homes and renovation projects. Re-claimed crown molding offers true old world styling and high quality hardwoods.
- Measure the walls to determine the amount of crown molding required, tack on an extra 5% for waste.
- Use a miter saw to cut crown molding for corners facing into a room. Miter saws cut wood at pre-determined outside angles.
- Use a coping saw to cut angles facing away from the center of the room. Coping saws cut wood at pre-determined inside angles.
- Locate beams in the wall with a stud finder to attach the crown molding. Only nail crown moldings into strong wall studs, never into drywall because it won't hold the weight of the crown molding.
- Measure crown molding to determine where the wall studs are located on the molding itself.
- Drill holes, slightly smaller than the nails, at the points along the crown molding where wall studs line up. Pre-drilled holes prevent crown moldings from cracking when nailing.
- Drive nails through the pre-drilled holes into the wall studs.
- Use silicone caulk to fill gaps between crown molding corners.
Crown molding installation requires time, patience and a second set of hands to achieve desired results. This home improvement project calls for an experienced and able do-it-yourself-er because crown moldings pose difficulties during installation especially cutting angles. Do not be deterred or put off, successful installation is possible with persistence.