Fit skirtings over your existing skirtings



If you don't want to have to rip out your existing skirtings to install modern skirtings, then over-skirtings are the ideal solution. In this feature we show you how to install over-skirtings, or skirting boards that fit over existing skirtings.


Polyurethane over-skirting is available from Park Lane Decor, who supplied the over-skirtings for this project. As part of an on-going home renovation projects, after installing new tiles and not wanting to rip out the existing skirting boards, over-skirtings were installed.


The original skirting boards are pretty much what you find in any standard-build home. Small strips of pine or meranti that don't offer much in the way of decoration.


Over-skirtings, like these from Park Lane Decor, have a recess at the back of the skirting that allows it to be fitted over most skirtings. The front profile offers an attractive detail that looks good in any style of home.



Mitre box and backsaw or compound mitre saw

Pattex No More Nails Ultra adhesive*

Caulking gun

Tape measure and pencil


*Note: It is important to use a solvent-free adhesive when working with polystyrene or polyurethane products, as solvent-based adhesives will dissolve the material.




1. Over-skirtings are supplied in 2.7 metre lengths, so calculate the total length of the area that you need to fit and order the quantity you need. 


2. Starting in the corner on one wall, measure the actual length of the wall. Cut a 45-degree angle to fit into the corner and then mark the actual length of the wall on the skirting.

At the other end, add on the thickness of the over-skirting. For example: If the actual length of the wall is 2800mm and the width of the over-skirting is 40mm, the cutting length is 2840mm.


3. Measure each length of wall as you work, making sure that you add on extra for the width of the over-skirting.



Not all corners are square! As you can see below, pre-cutting all your pieces at a 45-degree angle may end up in mis-matched corners. Rather than waste, cut two tester strips of about 200mm in length that you can use to check the corner angles before you cut.


4. After cutting all the sections to length and making sure that corners line up neatly, apply a bead of adhesive along the bottom and top of the back of each over-skirting. Press firmly in place along the entire length.



Don't worry if there are any gaps along the top edge, as this can be filled in with a thin bead of Pattex No More Nails along the top, or with acrylic sealer. You can also use adhesive or acrylic sealer to fill in small gaps at the corner edges.

5. Where joining corner sections together, add a bead of adhesive on one of the angled edges before placing and securing the next strip of over-skirting in place.





Should you need to paint the over-skirting, only use water-based acrylic or enamel paints.

Janice Anderssen



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