When it comes to home decorating, many challenges need to be tackled. One of the most common is crown molding hanging on a vaulted ceiling. It can be done, but it takes some careful measuring and cutting along with extra tools to get the job done. So if you’re up for the challenge, follow these tips below on how to hang crown molding on your vaulted ceiling.
Hanging Crown Molding On A Vaulted Ceiling
Crown molding adds elegance and personality to any room with three or four walls. Hanging this decorative element on one side (like an inside corner) of a room is something anyone can do without too much trouble, but if you have ceilings that go all ways, like in a vaulted ceiling room, the job becomes much more difficult.
The first thing you need to do is measure your space. Start by measuring all four walls in the room and write down these measurements. This ensures that you get an accurate measurement of all four corners (inside or outside) in your vaulted ceiling room.
Now it’s time for math. First, take the smallest wall size and add three inches to it; this number will be used to cut all of your molding lengths, so remember it well! For example, if the smallest inside wall measures 32″, take 32″+3″=35″. Now, take each corner measurement and divide it by 2; finally, always multiply it by three since there are three sections in every corner.
The number will be a little odd but don’t worry – you can always cut off any leftover pieces on the ends of the molding once it’s up on the ceiling. Now, for example: if your smallest inside wall measures 32″ and one corner is 35 7/16″, then 35 7/16″ divided by 2=17 5/8″. Multiply this number by 3= 57 15/24″. Write down 57 as your final measuring point.
If you have an outside corner, add one more inch to each measurement instead of three inches, as mentioned above. Remember that crown molding cannot be placed flat against a wall since it will appear too short, so there must at least be a 1/4″ gap between the wall and molding.
This is not a problem for inside corners since they are away from the room’s walls, but outside corners will need to be filled in with something like spackling compound.
If you’re still up for the challenge of hanging crown molding on your vaulted ceiling by yourself, read on! follow these steps below:
– You’ll need an assistant while performing this task, so be sure to ask someone to help you out – the job is much easier with two people working together. If possible, try getting someone who has experience installing crown molding to avoid taking too long.
– First of all, cut each piece of molding following the steps above. Then, if you have a miter saw, use it to make easier cuts for yourself.
– Place a piece of crown molding against a wall and ensure that no more than 1/4″ gap is between the ceiling and molding on all sides. Next, make a mark with your pencil at each corner where you want to place nails or screws. This will be your guide as you install one piece of molding after another, following this same procedure for every corner in the entire room.
Try not to install too much at once, or else some pieces might not line up correctly if there are slight variations from one side to the other; keep that in mind!
– Start with placing nails or screws using a nail gun (you can rent one from a local hardware store) into the inner corners. If it’s difficult holding all pieces together while installing screws, try using adhesive-backed fasteners instead of nails/screws for greater durability and strength.
– Measure each new piece of molding against the previous trim, thus ensuring better accuracy of fit. Continue this process until all four corners are covered by crown molding! Then, be sure to double-check every corner once again before permanently nailing them in place!
If you completed these steps correctly, congratulations – you just installed crown molding on your vaulted ceiling! Using this guide will help ensure that your installation goes smoothly, and you will end up with a professional-looking job.
If you still have any doubts about installing this type of molding, consider hiring a carpenter to do it for you. The extra cost may very well be worth the money since this is not an easy task to complete by yourself!
So can crown molding be installed on a vaulted ceiling? In short, yes. Indeed, it would even add elegance to the room – make sure that you’re up for the challenge of doing the work yourself or hire out a professional if necessary!