A type of decorative trim, crown molding is used to cap walls and cabinets. It is most often seen decoratively lining the area where the walls meet the ceilings in a home. Crown molding is most often made of decorative plaster or wood trim.

Crown molding is not a new phenomenon. It was first used in the late Renaissance period. During this time, it was used to cover up building imperfections. Crown molding is still sometimes used for this purpose today, but it is far more frequently used to add a simple dash of class or style to a room.

Crown Molding Options

You have a lot of different options to choose from if you decide to install crown molding in your home. It can be purchased from any home improvement store.

Crown molding comes in a wide selection of sizes and designs. You can find plain and simple crown molding or a style with intricate, elegant designs. One of the most common designs is of leaves and other plant parts. Some people even pay to have their crown molding custom designed.

In addition to size and design, you will also have to select the material that your crown molding is made out of. Softwoods such as poplar, pine, and spruce are widely available and are the most affordable option. Hardwoods including oak are slightly more expensive.

Recently, crown molding has been made available in materials other than wood. These include medium-density fiberboard (MDF) and high-density polyurethane foam. The main benefit of using these materials is that they do not shrink or otherwise warp with temperature changes like wood does.

Installing Crown Molding

Installing crown molding into your home DIY-style is not for the faint of heart. It is quite complex and requires a large amount of patience because every joint is made of compound angles. For this reason, most people choose to hire an experienced pro to help (more on this below).

One of the best tips for installing crown molding yourself is to mark cuts in place whenever possible. Though using a tape measure is often an effective way to calculate cut points, crown molding is different because of all the angles. Place your crown molding against the wall and the ceiling and mark the place it needs to be cut. This reduces measurement mistakes (you can always use a tape measure to double check cut points).

Finding a Contractor

Finding an experienced, reliable, and trustworthy contractor to install your crown molding doesn’t have to be a big challenge. That’s what we’re for. In addition to searching the localized listings on our site, consider asking for referrals from friends or family if they have had this work done before and asking for referrals from other contractors that you have used before.

Using a contractor to install crown molding in your home is the much more efficient route for the majority of people to take. Crown molding will spruce up any room with a dash of style.