How to Install Your Crown Molding


Setting up the crown molding for your home gives it the right outline and look to your walls. You know how the right set of cufflinks or the perfect watch can really make your suit better? Well, the crown molding holds a sense of elegance right on top of  the wall where it joins the ceiling. Whether you install it yourself or have someone do the work for you, it really adds a nice touch to the overall motif of the room. Here’s a brief guide on how to set up your own crown molding.

Mark the Wall to Find a Place to Put the Mold

The first step to install your crown mold is to put a chalk line on the wall so you know where to nail the piece of mold down. It’s very helpful to have another person with you to hold the piece down on the other side. To get a more accurate feel, make sure you measure the spring line of the crown mold. A measuring tape helps to get things leveled out to see where things go from the top and bottom line.  Depending on the angle of the corner, you may need to cut it down before you nail down the crown.

Find Where the Top Plate Goes

Setting up the top plate is a bit tricky because you really need to make sure your measurement is correct. First of all, a 2 ½ inch nail  is necessary to go  through the crown mold and hit the top plate. Always be aware of where the screwholes and nails are to help you construct things more efficiently. Partitions come in two main choices: non-bearing (W24) apart; bearing (W16) apart. Depending on the size of the crown mold, you can always nail it into the studs. In any case, you should have an eighth of an inch between the chalk line and the bottom of the crown mold. Keep going through the middle of the crown to the top of the plate like you previously. Make sure you keep this consistency for every 16 inches. Double check to make sure you fill in the nails in case they get loose during this step.

Doing a Splice Cut

A standard piece of crown mold is around 16 inches. If the wall you plan to work on is bigger than 16 inches, a splice cut is recommended. This helps you break big pieces in two so you can splice things together. A splice cut should be a bit jagged but equal in look. This will help you keep your board at a 45 degree angle and opposite of each other from both points. Take the time to look at the inside corner to make sure that the crown holds up and the angles look crisp. If you find the splice cut didn’t make an exact cut, you can use a coping saw to create more precise incision. Clean cuts make for a smoother job. This is something you want to add to the elegance of your wall.