Installing Skirting Boards: Step-By-Step

Skirting boards are an important part of your home’s interior design. They can make a room feel larger, more professional, and more like you have your life together (even if it’s not true). But what if you’re not sure how to install skirting boards?

Never fear! This guide will teach you all the ins and outs of this project, including tips on choosing the right materials for your space.

Cut The Skirtings To Length

You can use a saw to cut skirting boards, but it’s not always the best option. A miter saw is best because it makes accurate cuts and does so quickly. If you don’t have access to a miter saw or don’t want to spend money on one, then consider using a hacksaw instead (but make sure that you wear protective eyewear).

Jig saws aren’t great for cutting lengths of wood because they’re not very accurate; circular saws are better suited for this task if you need multiple lengths of skirting board at once

Fasten The Wall-Side Skirtings To The Wall

The next step is to fasten the wall-side skirting to the wall.

  • Use a hammer and nails to secure when installing skirting boards to their respective walls. You may need more than one nail per board, depending on how thick they are and what kind of wood they’re made out of (for example, some types of wood require more nails than others). Be sure not to overdo it–if you use too many nails, you could weaken or damage your wallboard plastering.
  • Use a spirit level or straight edge along each piece of skirtings before fastening them into place; this will ensure that your skirting lines up properly with other pieces in this step or later steps when you install floorboards or baseboards around doors/windows etcetera.”
  • Fasten the skirting along the floor
  • Use a spirit level to make sure the skirting is straight.
  • Mark the position of each skirting board on the floor using a pencil.
  • Drill pilot holes into the floor, then screw in your first skirting board using a screwdriver (or drill if you’re using pre-drilled holes).

Fill Any Gaps Between The Wall And Skirting Boards With Insulation Tape Or Metal Clips

To finish installing skirting boards, you’ll need to fill any gaps between the wall and skirting boards. If you’re using insulation tape, simply stick it on and smooth out any wrinkles. If you’re using metal clips (this is recommended), nail them into place with a hammer until they are flush with your wall or flooring material.

Metal clips are more durable than insulation tape but also harder to install because they require more tools and experience; if this sounds like too much work for your DIY skillset, stick with insulation tape instead!


Hope that this guide has been helpful and you’ve learned how to install skirting boards. If you have any questions or feedback, you may read more about it by researching on the internet.