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How To: Fitting Skirting over Skirting (Skirting Board Covers)

Published : 20/10/2017 09:06:38
Categories : Video Guides

Skirting board covers (skirting over skirting) is a great alternative to standard skirting boards, as they can be fitted without having to remove the original boards. Instead, they are installed over the originals, which reduces the risk of damaging the wall.

This article is a step-by-step guide to fitting your skirting board covers.

For a full video guide watch the video below:

1. Marking out Cut-Out Points

Marking skirting board cut out

The first step to fitting skirting board covers is to mark out your cutout points. By placing markings on the new board of the original board’s height and depth (as shown in the GIF above), you can create an accurate template of where you will need to cut to shape. It's a good idea to use either a ruler or set square to line up each marking to make a neater cut.

2. Cutting to Shape

Cutting to shape


Once you have an accurate design of where you will need to cut, use a hand saw to cut across the marked sections. This will leave you with a rectangle of space, which can then be slotted over the original skirting board (as shown above).

3. Securing the Profile

securing the profile

Securing the skirting cover is highly important, we need to make sure that the profile does not move. We recommend pinning the board both through the base and the existing skirting profile, for a more secure fit.

4. Preparing for the scribe

scribing the profile

As with the first step, you will need to mark out where the original skirting board will sit under your overlapping board. However, as this board will overlap the first board that has been fitted, you must scribe the profile accurately. Using a mitre saw, we cut the board at a 45-degree angle, as this is the standard for making a scribe cut at a 90 degree angle.

*NOTE* To reduce the risk of damage to the board, it is best to place a scrap board within the rebate of the skirting cover. From the GIF above, you can see that we have used a 18mm piece of scrap on our 19mm board.

5. Scribe Cut

Cutting skirting down to size

To do the scribe join you need to use a coping saw to cut away the excess MDF. By having a bench for support, it helps to reduce the strain when using the saws and can aid in a more precise cut to the board. Also, by going in with the hand saw first, rather than straight in with the coping saw, it gets rid of more excess MDF which frees up space when using the coping saw on the profile.

You can see from the accompanying GIF, how we cut the board and profile with the separate saws.

6. Securing the skirting board cover

securing final pieces

Finally, an adhesive is used on the back of the board so that we can connect the skirting board cover to the original board and wall. As you can see, the adhesive was applied in two areas; we applied the adhesive on the main body and profile, so the cover can connect to both areas evenly.

For additional security, similarly to the first board, adding pins to the main body and profile is also a great idea. Any holes that appear from the pins can easily be covered up with Decorator’s Caulk and painted over with touch up paint.

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.

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Kevin Box


22/10/2018 09:10:04

Hi Patricia, Thanks for getting in touch. To order a skirting board cover sample, head over to the skirting covers page, choose the profile you like and there should be a button to click through to order sample. If you need any help don't hesitate to get in touch with our team on 01922 451 689. Kind Regards, Kevin

Patricia longmire


20/10/2018 10:08:47

Hi do you do any samples of the skirting over skirting products please. Thank you

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