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How to Install Crown Molding to Instantly Elevate Your Space

There's a reason designers love crown molding—here's how to add it to any room.

There's a reason people go gaga over the details in pre-war apartments—they instantly give a space character. One of the most beloved millwork details? Crown molding. Of all the different varieties of decorative trim, crown molding tops the list as a favorite for designers and homeowners. But the great news? You don't need to have a pre-war home—or even a historic one—to get this detail in your own space.

Adding crown molding to your home is a surprisingly cost-efficient way to spruce up your space. What's even better? You can achieve expert-level finishings on your own! Whether you're looking to breakup color schemes in a room, or cleverly disguise issues in ceiling corners—crown molding is the icing that treat your room to a major upgrade. Installing crown molding is an home project that won't take months to complete and brings an elegant finish to any room. If you're looking to add character into your home with crown molding, this step-by-step guide will take you through everything you need to know.


  • Crown molding
  • Miter saw
  • Finishing gun
  • Finishing nails
  • Angle finder
  • Tape Measure

    How to Install Crown Molding:

    1. Take your measurement of the first wall to determine the length of the molding.
    2. Make your first corner cut on that piece of molding by making 45-degree angle cut on the moldings right side.
    3. Make the second corner cut on the same molding.
    4. Carefully load nail gun with nails.
    5. Fit molding into place and nail onto the wall with two nails spaced evenly at each nail stud.
    6. Take measurement of the adjacent wall.
    7. Make first corner cut.
    8. Measure and mark the second corner cut.
    9. Make second corner cut.
    10. Position molding in place and nail onto the wall.
    11. Repeat steps for the rest of the molding.
    12. Caulk your molding at nail holes and where molding meets the wall and ceiling.

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