How To Fit Coving
What is coving?
Coving is a decorative join between the wall and the ceiling of a room, and is a great way of creating an attractive finishing touch to any room. Coving comes in a large variety of styles to suit both traditional or more contemporary décor.
Coving comes in three main materials:
- Plaster coving – the most traditional material and also the most durable, so it needs less maintenance and less painting. Plaster coving is heavier than other coving.
- Duropolymer coving – this comes with the benefits of plaster coving, but it’s more lightweight. It’s also quicker to install.
- Polystyrene coving – this is the cheapest option for coving, and again is more lightweight than plaster coving. It’s also the least durable, and usually needs several coats of paint.
How do I fit inside corners with coving?
Sections of coving are joined at the corners with mitre cuts. This applies to both internal and external corners. However, some coving comes with pre-cut internal and external joints. This means you’ll only have to make simpler cuts to join pieces together on a length.
It’s best to fit your coving prior to painting or putting up wallpaper. If your room has architrave and skirting then choose a design which complements these features for the best look.
How do I measure coving?
You should always put up coving straight and level, as you can fill in any gaps afterwards. Lay down a dust sheet before you start and use a pipe detector to check for hidden pipes behind the walls. Start your coving on the longest wall and plan from there how it will go around the room and where the mitre joints will be internal or external.