How to cut and install crown molding for easy installation from Thrifty Decor Chick Leave a comment

But eventually I wanted a more streamlined look…so I forced myself to
learn how to install crown molding. When it comes to crown, you can cut it
on a miter saw, or use a coping hand saw to cut out the shape of the molding
so it fits snug into the other piece.

I do not cope well. 🙂 I can do it on simpler trim like baseboards no
problem, but crown is much harder to cope in my opinion. Cutting and
installing crown molding really isn’t that hard — I promise. The key to
doing it correctly all comes down to how you place it on the saw to be

I STILL use the crown “jigs” I created for myself years ago!

I’ve figured out along the way that there are a few tricks to cutting and
installing crown. First of all, it helps to have a compound miter saw. You
don’t have to have one — a miter box and saw
(like I used for years for my molding projects) will do just fine. It will
just take more strength and endurance to cut. 😉 

Because crown is installed at an angle, cutting it is different than
regular trim. You need to position it a certain way on the saw when
cutting it. 

Here are some pictures to help explain. (Stay tuned for examples of each
cut I’m describing.) For an inside cut (an inside corner in a room), you
want to make sure the front is facing into the saw. This molding is
set up for a cut that will be on an inside left corner:
how to cut crown on saw

The front is facing into the saw, top on top, bottom on

Here’s what it will look like on the saw:
cutting crown on saw
For a standard (inside) corner, you’ll want it set to a 45 degree
45 degree on saw

You do the same thing for the right side of the molding:
how to cut crown on saw

I know it can get confusing, so here’s a visual of how the inside
cuts look:
crown molding jigs
Notice you can see the edges of the cut wood? You want to see that, so
when they go together up in the corner, they’ll meet up like this:
cutting crown molding for inside corner
That’s the only tricky part, getting that angle right as you’re working
around the room. 
You want the back of the molding to be the longer edge, not the
correct and incorrect crown examples
Does that make sense? That part is huge! For outside
cuts, you’ll want to have the front facing you on the saw, but you’ll need
to flip it — so a left angled cut will need to be flipped over so that
the length of the crown is on the left side of the saw, not the

Here are a few more tips that make cutting crown go much easier! When you
place your crown against the saw, make sure the edges are flat, like

tips for cutting crown on saw

If those are not flush your cut will not match up in the corner.

Also, it’s helpful to mark a line you can match for every piece of crown
as you’re working. I use a pencil to mark the height on the saw

cutting crown molding correctly on saw

You can see here that I’ve labeled the back of my example pieces as well
— it can get confusing as you’re cutting and these references really help
me! I’ve marked heights for a few different sizes of crown, that’s why
there are a few lines on the fence. 

22 degree angle crown molding

Most of the time they are a 22.5 angle which is already set on most

Keep in mind that most walls are not built at exact 90 degree angles.
You’ll have some gaps most of the time — but don’t fret! This is why
caulk is your BFF. It hides so many not-so-perfect spots. Here’s the

inside corner with crown

And the after: 

caulk for crown molding

(I hadn’t touched up the angled part where they meet up when I took his

Also, sometimes the trim will bow out from the wall a bit at the top or

gaps in crown

If that bothers you, a line of caulk will make that disappear.

I find it helpful to mark where my crown hits on the wall and ceiling as
I’m working around a room — this ensures that I’m installing it at the
exact same angle as I go. You want to make sure your last piece is at the
same spot on the wall as your first place so when you finish up they fit
together perfectly. 

Crown molding can be intimidating, but the trick is all in how you cut it!
Once you have that figured out, it will go more smoothly! The elegant
touch crown adds will never go out of style! It’s a little detail that
makes a big difference in a space: 

foyer with light walls blue ceiling

built in window seat with bookcases

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