How to fit architrave
Do I need architrave?
Architrave isn’t structurally necessary, but as a room feature it’s essential if you want to add style and decoration to your home. It is primarily intended to cover the unsightly join between the door frame and the wall. Architrave is also used to frame internal windows and loft hatches, and it also offers protection to interior edges and corners, which will get knocked and scratched during the course of daily life.
Architrave is available in a wide variety of styles, lengths and profiles, so choose one which suits your room best. It’s largely available in three materials – hardwood, softwood and MDF. If you’re using softwood architrave then treat any knots with knotting solution before you start, and sand down the face before painting.
What is the difference between skirting and architrave?
Quite simply skirting boards are used to cover the join between the wall and the floor, whilst architrave is used to edge interior doors, windows and loft hatches. If you’re fitting architrave and skirting then fit the architrave first.