How to Fit Coving

By Kim
Last updated 20th April 2021 - Reading time: 5 mins

If you want to find out how to fit coving, look no further! This detailed step by step guide covers everything you have to know, including the tools you need.

How to Fit Coving

What Tools Do I Need to Install Coving?

Below is a list of the tools that you will need for a coving installation:

  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Straight edge
  • Step ladder
  • Utility knife
  • Mitre box
  • Fine tooth panel saw
  • Workbench
  • Sealant gun

What Safety Equipment Do I Need to Fit Coving?

Below is a list of the safety equipment that you will need for fitting new coving:

  • Protective gloves
  • Safety glasses or goggles

What Materials Do I Need to Install Coving?

Below is a list of the materials that you will need to install coving:

  • Coving
  • Coving adhesive
  • Cloth or sponge

How to Prepare for Coving Installation

To prepare for installing your new coving, you want to start by marking a pencil line on the wall and ceiling where the edges of the coving need to be stuck down. Make sure you follow the manufacturer’s instructions when doing this.

Make marks around the room with gaps of about a meter, then use a straight edge to connect the marks so that you have a continuous line around the walls and on the ceiling.

Measuring coving

Next, check that the area is free from dust and debris. Clean and dust the area if necessary before you start work on fitting the new coving.

It is also a good idea to score the wall where the coving is going to go. This will help the adhesive stick better during the installation.

How to Fit Coving Yourself

Step 1

The first thing you will need to do is cut your coving so that the corners can fit together. This will usually require a mitre cut. The best way to complete mitre cuts is by using a mitre box.

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Make sure you put your coving in the mitre box the right way round and that you cut it in the right direction. Measure your coving before cutting it and put marks where the cuts need to go.

Step 2

Once your coving has been measured and marked up, you can then cut it using a fine-toothed panel saw. Hold the coving securely in the mitre box with your non-cutting hand and then make the cuts using a firm saw movement.

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Step 3

Once you have cut the first piece of coving, hold it up to where it will be fixed and check that it fits correctly. If it needs to be trimmed, put it back in the mitre box and re-cut it. If only a small amount needs to be removed, use a small utility knife with a sharp blade.

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Step 4

Once you are satisfied, apply adhesive to both edges of the coving. Make sure you apply the right amount of coving adhesive so that it will squeeze out of the coving when it is pushed into position.

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Step 5

Now use the pencil lines you made earlier to line up the coving and get it in the right position. Work your way along the coving and push it into place.

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Step 6

If there are any gaps, squeeze in some coving adhesive and wipe off any excess as you go along using a slightly dampened cloth or sponge.

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Step 7

Now, measure and cut the second piece in the same way. Apply adhesive to both sides of the coving and on each of the edges of the mitre joint. Then, position and push it into place in the same way as before.

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Step 8

Continue this process throughout the entire room. Then, wait 24 hours before decorating as desired.

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What is the best way to cut coving?

The best way to cut coving is with a mitre box. This will allow for accurate mitre joints which fit together perfectly.

Can you paint coving?

You can paint over coving; however, it is recommended that you apply a primer to the coving first.

How long do I have to wait after the installation of new coving before painting it?

It is recommended that you wait at least 24 hours after installation before you paint your new coving.

What are the most common varieties of coving in the UK?

The most popular types of coving in the UK are one made from plaster or polystyrene.

What if my corner joints aren’t perfect?

If you have a little gap in your corner joints simply fill them in with caulk and wipe away any excess. You can then paint over it when you paint the rest of the coving.


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