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How to Measure Crown Molding

So, you are thinking about crown molding as a decorative element for your room. But don’t know how to measure crown molding, right? Don’t worry, today I am here to teach you the same.

Though measuring and crown molding precisely take a lot of patience and effort, a couple of tricks can make the whole process much easier.

What is crown molding?

Crown molding is a decorative piece that is installed where the wall meets the ceiling. Though at present crown molding is widely known for embellishment, earlier it was used to conceal cracks or flaws between the wall and the ceiling. Actually, this amazing decorative element serve too many benefits at a time. It increases the value to your home, covers inconsistencies between wall and ceiling, lifts the space and provides elegance to a simple room.

Crown molding material:

Crown moldings are available in different materials among which you will decide which material would be perfect for you. Let’s have a look at most common crown molding materials:

  • Wood:

Wood is one of the most traditional materials used in crown molding. This material adds style and elegance to a room. But unfortunately, this material is costly and requires expertise while cutting and installing.

  • Plaster:

Like wood, plaster is also a common material used in crown molding. Since the material is custom-molded and difficult to handle, it might not be a good choice for a DIYer.

  • Polyurethane:

Polyurethane is one of the affordable and durable materials used in crown molding. But the material is softer than wood, hence it dents easily.

  • PVC:

Crown moldings made with PVC is great for bathrooms, exterior or anywhere moisture is a concern.

  • Rubber and flex:

Rubber crown molding is very flexible. Being lightweight, affordable and workable, it is a great option for curved rooms.

How to measure crown molding?

Steps to follow:

Step 1: Measure the walls:

First, measure the walls where you wish to install the molding. Most of the moldings are 8 feet long though some also come in 10 to 12 feet or so. So, you will have to choose your molding according to the measurement of the place.

While measuring it’s important to add about 10 percent more to the total account for bad cuts. Suppose, one wall measures about 8’3”, you should round it up to 9’ while calculating.

Step 2: Measure the corner wall angle:

To get the correct miter angle, measure each corner wall angle using a measuring tape. Sometime you will see, walls don’t meet in usual angle. It is common for the wall angles to be off as much as 3 degrees. If you don’t take this into account while mitering the molding pieces, you may end up leaving a big gap between the pieces. And consequently, you will have to repeat the process.

Step 3: Measure again and go for a test-cut:

Before cutting, measure twice to become confirm the right angle. Then you can go for a test-cut the angles on scrap pieces of molding. When working on the corners, measure the length you will need to cut the shortest side of the molding. The upper side of the molding will be shorter for an inside corner. The lower side of the molding will be shorter for an outside corner.

Step 4: Fill the gap (if there is any):

If two pieces of woods are close to fitting together, fill the gap between them. For concealing this gap, you can use acrylic caulk and paint.

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Final words:

Measuring crown molding precisely is the first condition of successful cutting. And this was all about how to measure crown molding. I hope, now you will be able to measure crown molding properly and perform the whole task effortlessly.

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