Before you get started

At Wickes, we offer a wide range of quality decorative mouldings that help you create the ‘finishing touch’ to any project. Decorative Mouldings enable you to achieve a highly professional finish whilst also adding interest to a room.

Available in Pine, Primed Pine, Light & Dark Hardwood, Oak, PVC & Aluminium.

How to fit coving and mouldings


Use the measurement given on the packaging to draw a horizontal line on the wall, which will mark the lower edge of the coving.


Use the lower marked line and an offcut of coving to mark another guideline on the ceiling, this time for the top edge of the coving.


If using ready-made corner pieces of coving, apply adhesive to the upper and lower edges of one section.


Press the coving corner piece into place, in between the guidelines, carefully aligning the top and bottom edges so that it is perfectly level.


Fit the second corner piece in the same way, before applying adhesive to the first full length of coving. Butt join it to the corner.


Press the coving firmly in place, aligning edges. Find safe places to tap in some nails below the coving to hold it in place while the adhesive dries.


Run a damp sponge along the top and bottom edges to smooth away any excess adhesive squeezing out around the edge of the coving.


If you are cutting your own corners, a coving mitre can be used. Follow the simple guide on the tool to make the correct cut.


Measure precisely, as instructed by the manufacturer. Take off a few millimetres at internal corners, add a few at external corners – here, 6mm.


Check that all lines up, particularly at joins and corners, to make sure you have made the correct left or righthand cut. Then use adhesive.


To add a decorative ceiling rose as a feature in a room, carefully measure and mark the central point of the room on the ceiling. Position the centre of the rose over this mark, hold firmly in place and draw a pencil line around it.


Use a cable, pipe and stud detector to help find fixing points and avoid hitting wire or pipes. Apply some coving adhesive generously to the back of the rose and press it firmly into position. Insert temporary screw fixings.


Smooth adhesive all the way around the edge of the rose to make a neat finish, while removing any excess with a damp sponge.


When the adhesive is dry and the rose firmly held in place, remove temporary fixings and fill holes. Sand to a smooth finish when dry.


Fitting a door surround kit is easy. Lengths may be cut to size using a hand saw. A mitre box is ideal for ensuring you cut straight lines for a neat finish.


When you have cut lengths for the top and both sides of the door, use a cartridge gun to apply adhesive along the back of each section.


First, position uprights, leaving a 5-10mm gap from the edge of the door lining to the surround. Pin in place if necessary while the adhesive dries.


Fit the section along the top, then the corner blocks with more adhesive. Allow all to dry and remove temporary fixings. Fill and sand where necessary.