How to cut the skirting board to install sliding wardrobe doors

It is likely that you have skirting boards and/or ceiling coving installed. You may need to cut the skirting board and/or ceiling coving to make way for the sliding wardrobe doors framework.

Cut the skirting board to allow for the doors to be flush with the wall

Removing sections of skirting board

This offers the most professional-looking result for the sliding wardrobe doors and it’s framework. The following steps will work for skirting boards made from either softwood or MDF.

Using a pencil, mark on the skirting board the section that you need to remove. Using of a spirit level, either scribe with a Stanley knife or mark with a pencil (Two vertical lines).

Depending on the scenario, cutting out the section without removing the skirting board from the wall may be achieved by utilizing various cutting tools.

Cut the skirting board with a tenon saw

A tool that most DIY enthusiasts have!

  1. Using a tenon saw, slowly pull the saw blade in a backwards motion along the scribed or marked line a number of times until a definite grove has been created.
  2. Begin to move the saw blade in a forward motion to begin to achieve a deeper cut.
  3. Repeat on the other side of the section to be cut out. It is very unlikely that you will be able to cut right to the floor as the end of the saw will prevent this. However, once you have cut a significant way through it should be possible to pull the almost cut section away from the wall from behind, allowing you to saw through the remaining material.

Removing sections of ceiling coving

Most ceiling covings are usually made from plaster, polystyrene, polyurethane or a duropolymer and can easily be scribed using a Stanley-type blade to cut deep grooves into the moulding to mark the section to be removed.

For moulded plaster cornice, usually found in older homes, a sharp chisel and mallet can be used with care to remove the bulk of unwanted material. Modern buildings on the other hand may not have completely solid moldings. This is due to the intention of weight reduction. Often once removing a portion, hollow sections on either side may be visible. This can be remedied by the use of a product like, “Polyfiller” or even coving adhesive to fill the gap.

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