In the last ten years or so, certain decorative trends have been spreading like wildfire all over North America.
The presence of DIY shows on TV have lent a lot to these trends, which have undoubtedly helped the average homeowner become much more creative and competent at DIY tasks within the home. One of these trends is the popularity of crown moulding.
Crown mouldings are extremely popular in homes all over the country today because they seem to add a finishing touch to any given room. With a variety of types of mouldings and patterns available, you can select one to suit your tastes and easily install it, but there is a whole range of crown moulding methods that you could use to finish off your room.
However, like anything else in the home improvement arena, crown moulding is not as easy as you may think to install and use. In fact, many homeowners do hesitate when it comes to cutting the moulding because they do not want to make a mistake. However, there are methods associated with cutting crown moulding that can prevent any costly mistakes.
Template crown moulding methods are great for beginners because they give an individual something to work to. Templates work well if your room is a regular shape and you have easy angles to deal with.
If you have odd angles, though, it is not so simple because you have to create several templates for each angle. In that respect, it is easier to make a mistake.
All you have to do is purchase odd pieces of crown moulding and experiment with a mitre saw. You can place the test pieces on the angle and use a pencil to draw the cut line. You can then follow the line with your saw and then, when you are happy with the test piece, you can use that as a template to cut the remaining crown moulding.
The second way in which you can cut crown moulding is to use the angle method. This involves you measuring out the angle and cutting accordingly. This is for those more experienced in home improvements. It requires accuracy and skill, as well as confidence in using the mitre saw.
If you do not have the latter then it is best that you do not use this method at all. Practicing using a mitre or compound mitre saw will undoubtedly give you confidence and the ability to work well with your crown moulding to achieve the results you want.
In Situ Methods
Finally, if you re experienced with home improvements and a mitre saw then it is possible to cut the moulding in situ. In fact, many prefer this method because they can see where they are cutting and regularly check that they are cutting in the right place. This makes installation easier but a lot of skill is required. The crown moulding would have to be placed on the wall in advance, but then it does cut your work time in half as well.
No matter what option of the crown moulding methods you choose, make sure that you are completely happy with it. If you are not then you could potentially ruin your moulding but if you are then the finishing touches could be added to your room quickly ad easily.
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