How to Make Rope Molding

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  • 4-8 hours
  • Beginner
  • 40-60
What You'll Need
Natural rope
Miter saw
Nails or Brads

Make a rope molding out of a natural rope to add a unique look to your interiors. You can use this type of molding as a finishing trim, and it has a decorative twisted pattern. A rope molding decoration complements any room that has bamboo furniture or a natural décor, like a sunroom.

Laying the Rope

To make a rope molding, you can use a variety of natural ropes of different thicknesses. Consider ½ round, ¼ round, and ¾ round ropes, and you can nail or glue the same in place of the trim or molding. To begin, first lay down the rope trims and nail them at the end of the trim.

Attaching the Trim

Lay the trim in the position where you want to have the molding. Nail it into place, leaving at least 12 to 18 inches spacing between each nail. Pull the rope between nails ensuring that there is a similar degree of tension between nails and this is appropriate to be holding the rope. In case you need to cut rope molding, lay the same flat and upwards facing and cut using a miter saw tilting the blade at a forty-five-degree angle. In case the ropes used are delicate you can even glue them on the desired furniture.

Step 4 – Finishing Up

You can also add strength to your rope molding by using wood glue in all the joints. In order to cover the nail holes, a shrink-resistant spackling compound can be used and in order to make the installation faster, a nail gun can be used.

The process mentioned above is one of the simplest and the cheapest way of making a rope molding. Rope molding is usually found in office and cabinet décor. Besides this, it can also provide a new and fresh look to nearly any project that you are working on in the woodshop. Rope molding like any other form of molding adds value to the home décor. But unlike any other forms can be laid down the way you desire and as per your own creative ideas.