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Video: How To Install Crown Molding

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By on Aug 10, 2016
Video: How To Install Crown Molding

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Crown molding is turning into the rule rather than the exception. While professionals handle most crown molding or trim jobs, active DIYers can accomplish the same, gorgeous look in just a few, easy steps.

Mark Clement, of MyFixItUpLife, decided to step in and show us how to install crown molding in your home in just a few hours with less than eight tools!

Tools & Materials Needed

  • Wood (for Molding)
  • Miter Saw
  • Coping Saw
  • Nail Gun
  • Clamp for Saw Table
  • Caulk
  • Sandpaper

Tips to Install Crown Molding

  1. Always exercise extreme caution when it comes to miter saws.
  2. When cutting scraps, position them upside down in the saw. Pretend the back of the saw is the wall and the bottom of the saw is the ceiling.
  3. Start with the corners when cutting and adding trim.
  4. Use scraps or smaller pieces for the corners.
  5. A return is the end piece of the crown molding for walls without corners. Cut your return piece first at the same angle you use for other pieces.
  6. Coping ensures the inside pieces are flush. Do not cope with the miter saw.  Best to use a coping saw.
  7. Remember to use sandpaper to ensure coped edges are clean and even.
  8. When measuring the distance of the wall, make sure you go from one corner to another.
  9. When measuring your crown molding, measure from the cope (top edge) to the other end.
  10. When adding nails, know that there is always a stud over a door jamb.

For more tips and instructions, please see This Old House.

Trim Installation Cost

While the overall cost will largely depend on the size of your project and whether or not you hire a professional, the average price to install trim is $1,070. If you do hire a pro, the price can jump to $1,600.


Crown molding has turned into the crown jewel of homes across America. With the above tips, you should feel confident the next time you choose to install crown molding.

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