How to Join and Fit Skirting Board in Your Home

The idea behind the design of the skirting board is to hide the joints between the wall and the floor, as the joints can make the floor look less attractive. When you join skirting boards together it should be done in such a way that it does not appear sloppy, but instead give a comprehensive look to the skirting board. Joining and fitting the skirting board is a task made easy if the steps given below are followed.

Things You'll Need

  • Miter saw
  • Instant-grab tube adhesive
  • Pencil
  • Measuring tape
  • Paper
  • Skirting boards
  • Wood glue or epoxy
  • Counter sink
  • Wood screws
  • Cordless drill and bit
  • Hammer
  • Finish nails
  • Wood putty or caps

Step 1: Measuring the Area

Measure the entire area in which you wish the skirting board to be installed. Allow some additional space for cuts.

Step 2: Cutting the Skirting Boards

Now start cutting the board to the measured length using the miter saw. Join the skirts at the external corners or at the middle of the wall. The joining end of the boards must be cut in such a way that they are opposite of each other at an angle of 45 degrees. The two ends should slide together like two puzzle pieces.

Step 3: Applying Adhesive

The instant-grab adhesive must be added to the top and bottom of the boards. This glue must be applied along a thin line that joins the boards and secures them firmly. Press the boards against the wall so the adhesive sticks to the wall.

Step 4: Joining the Skirting Boards
The skirting board is now joined at the corners of your room. Using a pencil, trace the outline of the end of one board onto the end of another.
Step 5: Fitting the Skirting Board
Apply the epoxy or wood glue to the ends and back of the boards and adhere the skirting boards to the wall. You can also use nails or screws to secure the skirting boards. If you are using the screws, the hole should countersink to the skirting board length. Then you can proceed with insertion. The screw head and nail holes can be covered or hidden with wood putty.

Step 4: Joining the Skirting Boards

The skirting board is now joined at the corners of your room. Using a pencil, trace the outline of the end of one board onto the end of another.

Step 5: Fitting the Skirting Board

Apply the epoxy or wood glue to the ends and back of the boards and adhere the skirting boards to the wall. You can also use nails or screws to secure the skirting boards. If you are using screws, the hole should countersink to the skirting board length. Then you can proceed with insertion. The screw head and nail holes can be covered or hidden with wood putty.

Tips and Warnings

  • Use decorator's chalk to fill the gaps between the boards and the wall.
  • You can add shoe molding over the skirting when covering the gaps between the boards and the floor. A shoe molding is a 1/4-inch piece of round trim that should be installed after the skirting to solve the level problems and also to give a good finish to the wall.
  • Practice angled cuts on scrap wood pieces before you proceed to make the final cuts in step 2.
  • Protect your eyes from splinters and sawdust by wearing safety goggles.