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For customers looking for information on how to fit architrave, we've produced this step by step guide (including a video).
When starting to install architrave around your door, the first step is to mark out where the architrave is to be positioned.
It is important to leave a small gap between the door lining and architrave. This technique is called ‘breaking the edge’ and exists to ensure that architrave is not exposed to the risk of cracking. If you were to fit the architrave flush to the edge of the door lining, repeatedly closing the door would eventually put a strain on the architrave and ultimately end in damage. Allowing a small space (around 4mm) stops this from happening, and allows space to complete the installation with decorator’s caulk for a tidier finish.
To begin, use a ruler or tape measure with a pencil to create a mark 4mm in from the edge of the door lining. Extend the mark around the entire perimeter of the door using a set square to ensure the line always runs parallel to the door lining.
Using a pencil and ruler, extend the horizontal and vertical lines beyond the top corners of the door frame to highlight the intersect- the area where the vertical and horizontal architrave will be joined. Take a length of architrave and stand it up vertically against the guideline, and mark the architrave with a pencil in the same place you just marked the intersect on the wall. This will ensure you cut the piece of architrave to the correct height.
Keeping the architrave in hand, use a pencil to mark on the face of the architrave in the direction you will need to cut the architrave. This is to avoid forgetting and cutting incorrectly which could potentially waste a whole piece of architrave!
Set the mitre saw to 45 degrees and cut the architrave length, using the markings you have just made in pencil as a guide. (You can also use a mitre box for this if you do not have a mitre saw)
Take the cut piece of architrave and hold it in position on the door frame (using the pencil line you drew on the wall as a guide) to double check it fits correctly before fixing into place.
You are now ready to fix this first length of architrave in position. Use a grab adhesive such as Gripfill or Griptite, and apply it to the reverse of the entire length of
Once the adhesive has been applied, press into position along the pencil line you drew and hold it in position for a few seconds, before using a nail gun to pin the architrave in place at regular intervals along its length.
Next, it is time to cut the horizontal piece of
Once the 45 degrees has been cut, hold the piece of architrave flush against both the upright you just installed and the horizontal guideline and mark the point on the architrave where the cut will be made by lining it up with the intersect marking you made on the wall. Again, mark the direction of the cut on the face of the architrave and use the mitre saw to cut it to 45 degrees.
Once cut, check that it fits correctly as before, then fix it in position using the adhesive and nails just as you did with the first piece.
The final piece of architrave is slightly different in that in order to cut it to the correct size, you need to use a tape measure to find the distance between the floor and the BOTTOM of the horizontally installed piece of
TIP: If you are cutting a long piece of architrave, you may find that you need extra
As before, check the length fits perfectly in place before repeating the process of fixing it in place.
Once complete, the only thing left to do is apply some wood filler using a pallet knife to the areas where the nails went in to make a smooth surface. Allow the filler to dry before sanding the excess off to make the architrave ready for painting.
About the Author
Kieron Miller is the Managing Director of Skirting 4 U and has been working in the skirting board and online retail industry since 2012. Kieron has been using his extensive product knowledge and problem-solving experience to help both trade and private consumers all over the country find the perfect skirting board products for their projects. He continues to innovate new solutions and product ideas as the market continues to grow.