How to cut the skirting board to install the wardrobe doors

It is likely that existing skirting boards and ceiling coving exists and sections may need to be removed to enable a framework to be fixed and sit flush with the walls. This article will give you tips for removing sections of skirting board and ceiling coving to enable a more flush finish whilst also enabling a more secure and professional result.

Creating a framework when there is skirting and coving

Before installing a set of sliding wardrobe doors it is important that the framework is correct. The installation of the framework will likely require the removal of small sections of skirting board without removing it from the wall and likewise may involve the removal of small sections of coving / cornices.

Removing sections of skirting board to install a wardrobe framework

This offers the most professional-looking result for the framework. The following steps will work for skirting boards made from either softwood or MDF.

Mark with a pencil on the skirting board the section you need to remove then with the use of a spirit level either scribe with a Stanley knife or mark with a pencil, two vertical lines to mark the edges of the section to be removed.

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


Removing skirting board with a tenon saw

  1. A tool that most DIY enthusiasts have!
    Using a tenon saw, slowly pull the saw blade in a backwards direction 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 but once you have cut a significant way through it should be possible to lever the almost cut section away from the wall from behind, allowing you to saw through the remaining depth.

 Removing sections of ceiling coving
Most ceiling coving is 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.

In the case of 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 mouldings 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 such as, “Polyfiller” or even coving adhesive to fill the gap.

ALWAYS wear protective equipment including goggles or spectacles and a suitable face mask when removing plaster as a significant amount of fine dust can be generated during the removal of older plaster coving.