How to Install Molding (and Save Money)

Molding may have you thinking "too much money," but with these tips you can install it (by yourself) for a smaller price.

Just as a belt or scarf completes and outfit, molding can make a room seem more polished. Use it to call attention to an area, break up an expanse of space or create a boundry between paint and wallpaper. Try installking this easy add-on in your home.

CHOOSE THE RIGHT PRODUCT

Molding is available in different materials. Select the one that best suits your needs.

Unfinished solid wood: Made from wood such as pine, this type of molding is available in stain grade, which is free of knots and imperfections, and paint grade, which is pierced together, making it unsuitable for staining.

Medium-density fiberboard: Composed of wood particles, fiberboard costs less than solid wood and is warp-resistant, but keep in mind that it weighs more. Not suitable for staining, it usually comes pre-primed.

Prefinished molding: This product, made from polysryene (a type of plastic), is the lowest-cost option. It’s sold ready to install, in finishes resembling wood that has been either stained or painted white.

INSTALLATION
Traditionally, molding is installed with a hammer and nail. But if you're looking for a shortcut, try one of these easy-to-install methods to get the job done fast.

Peel and stick: You can trim the self-adhesive Easy Crown molding with scissors (from $50 for a 17’ x 17’ room; easycrownmolding.com).

Styrofoam: Attach this lightweight molding with caulk or glue (from $1/ft; foamcrownmolding.com, or from $2/ft; sosimplecrown.com).