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Ceiling Molding

Ceiling molding is a nice addition to any room. This type of trim is placed along the wall where the ceiling and wall meet. There are three types of this molding. Dove molding, bed molding and the more ornate ceiling trim is referred to as crown molding.


This molding can be made from wood, particleboard or plastic. Wood ceiling trim is usually made from pine or spruce, but oak, birch, walnut and cherry trim is also available. Pine and spruce are softwoods that do not splinter or crack as easily as hardwood trim varieties. Choosing an inexpensive type of wood molding cuts costs and allows for easier installation.


Painting, staining and varnishing ceiling molding should be done before installation. Rough spots can be sanded and wood grains can be matched before installation. Molding is available pre-finished and ready to install. Purchasing pre-finished painted or stained molding can save time and energy. Pre-finished types of molding may be less moisture resistant and are not recommended for bathrooms, kitchens or utility rooms.

Choosing the Right Crown Molding

Ceiling molding adds an elegant touch to any room. This type of molding can also hide minor imperfections that may be present where the wall meets the ceiling. Keep in mind that large, wide molding will make the ceilings appear lower. Ornate crown molding will require additional work as molding supports or angled filler strips will be needed to keep the molding from bowing. Dove or bed molding, plain slightly curved thin trim, will not require any additional supports.

Tools Required

When installing this molding, you will need a tape measure, hammer, finishing nails, miter saw or a miter box, plus a coping saw and putty knife. Finishing nails are important when installing molding of any type. Unlike wall supports, molding is thin and may splinter or crack when nailed into place using large nails. Finishing nails are also available in colors to match the finish of the molding. Using a nail punch, wood putty can be used to fill in the small hole and stained or painted to match the moldings finish.


Unlike baseboard or window trim, ceiling molding rests against both the wall and the ceiling. When cutting this type of trim you will need to turn the trim upside down. The flat edge has to rest firmly against the miter box in order to be cut properly. Ceiling trim has end cuts that are almost always 45 degree angles. This allows the trim to push up against the adjoining section tightly. Wide ceiling trim requires an angled filler strip or support behind it. This keeps the molding from bowing inward after installation.


Precise measurements are necessary when cutting any trim. Practice cutting 45-degree angled cuts on scraps before you cut the pieces that will be installed. Making a few practice cuts may save money in the long run by allowing you to become comfortable cutting the trim.

Installing ceiling molding will add a professional touch of elegance to any room. Learning to install such trim is easy and cost effective.

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