How to install coving

colours-complete-covingCoving is a simple way to add decoration and finishing touches to any room. A 10ft by 8ft room with preparation can take well over four hours if you are not a professional and this depends on the room. If you are replacing coving this will need to be removed first or if you have curved walls this will make things a little more difficult.

If you are having trouble deciding which coving to choose, Colours Complete painters and decorators have interior design experience and can provide suggestions and options. Colours Complete can then fit it for you in a professional, swift manner that will be admired by every guest you welcome into your home.

Here are some tips on how Colours Complete would install coving in your home:

What you will need for coving?

Lengths of coving
Tape measure
Utility knife
Straight edge (e.g. spirit level, 1m long)
Mitre block
Abrasive paper
Fine-toothed saw
Filling knife
Galvanised nails

Preparation steps

Always read any manufacturer’s instructions supplied with the coving.

Coving needs to be stuck to firm surfaces so all wallpaper, paint and loose plaster need to be removed from both the wall and ceiling – so try to fit coving before you redecorate a room.

To prepare your coving, you should take a short length (around 1.5m) and use this to mark around the wall with a pencil where the coving needs to be attached. It is crucial that this line is straight, and the marks are made accurately to get the best results.

Putting up coving – Step by Step

It is recommended that you start on one of the longer walls, leaving more difficult areas such as chimney breasts until later.

If the wall is longer than your length of coving you will be able to start with a complete length, otherwise measure the wall and cut to size.

To fix the coving to the wall use a Gypsum-based adhesive specially formulated for good ‘grab’ and adhesion. Spread the adhesive along the upper and lower edges of the coving and press in place with the edges flush to the guidelines. Wipe away any excess adhesive from the edges.

Long lengths of coving should be supported with panel pins under the lower edge to stop the coving slipping before the adhesive hardens.


When two lengths of coving are joined together between two corners they can either be butt-joined or mitred. It is important to support the coving on either side of joint with panel pins.

Always check the internal or external corners fit neatly before fixing the coving to the wall.


When the adhesive has dried remove all the supporting panel pins and fill the small holes with filler. Then using your finger or a filling knife, fill any small gaps at the internal and external mitre joints.

Coving can be tricky, Colours Completes’ experts can provide you with a free, no obligation quote, just email us or call 01453 752574