How to Install Crown Molding

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Crown molding is one of the most popular ways to upgrade the entire look of your home. It is beautiful around doorways, over cabinets, or in main living areas, but it is often a daunting project.

Sometimes the sheer amount of crown molding can be intimidating, and walls aren’t always flat, corners can cause problems and nailing is difficult.

For your first crown molding projects, choose a room that has longer walls, and less corners. Once you tackle a basic square room, you can move onto other areas of the home that might be more complicated.

1-Measure. This is easier than you think, just sit down with a sheet of paper, make a quick drawing of the room and write down the exact length of each wall. Make note of corners and turns.

2-Tools. You can use a basic saw and hammer to install crown molding, but you will get much better results with a miter saw and a Brad Nailer. You can find a brad nailer on Amazon for $25.  So worth it in my opinion.  

3-Supplies. You can install crown molding in one complete piece, or you can do two steps by installing a stock trim first and then a crown that is compatible. The benefit to this method is that the trim provides a continuous base to nail the crown molding too, making it significantly easier to install.  Whichever method you choose, inspect your pieces carefully before you buy to take note of any imperfections that may require sanding or extra care.

4-Prep. Installation is much easier if you already know where you’re going. Place masking tape on the wall and mark studs so you know where to drive the nails.

5-Order of Install. Start with the longest wall first and the longest piece first. This is easiest to install because it has square cuts on the ends. Then, start in one direction and work around the room using construction adhesive such as liquid nails first, and adding nails into the studs later.

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6-Corners. This is always the hardest part of crown molding. Wall corners are never exactly square, and finding the right angle can be difficult.  Traditionally you would cut the molding at a 45 degree angle for each side of a corner.  Use a hand sander to take off more if need for a tight fit.  There are other methods such as nailing one side in with a regular 90 degree edge, and trimming only one side of molding to fill in the corner.  You could also use corner blocks to avoid angled cuts completely. Choosing the best method depends on your own preference, expertise, or time frame.

7-Finishing. When you’re done with the initial install, fill and sand the nail holes and you’re ready to prime and paint.

For your first crown molding projects, choose a room that has longer walls, and less corners. Once you tackle a basic square room, you can move onto other areas of the home that might be more complicated.

There are other shortcuts to crown molding including kits, self-adhesive options, and faux molding alternatives. How you install depends on you, but any molding is guaranteed to add a stately elegance, chic style, and attention grabbing detail to any room in your home.

With the help of The Family Handyman, I put together a simple tutorial to help you through the basic steps of crown molding. For more detailed step by step instruction, check out www.thefamilyhandyman.com

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I didn’t realize that starting with the longest wall when installing crown molding can help you make it look better because the square cuts are already made for you. I’ve also heard that there are decorative corner blocks that can help make the installation easier. This info should help my sister create a beautiful living area in her new home.

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