Skirting, Architrave, and Decorative mouldings

Payne Carpentry have extensive experience in many types of skirting, architraves and decorative mouldings. To find out more contact us today.


Architrave is used for decorative moulding around doors to hide the joint between the wall and lining, and any following shrinkage or movement between the two. Similarly, a skirting board would be used to cover the weaker plaster at the base of the wall, and act as a trim where the walls meet the floors. Decorative mouldings such as period mouldings, dado rails, picture rails, cornices, pelmets, cover moulds, feature mouldings etc are installed to add a visual feature to a room and to give rooms a periodic look.


  • (Skirting) Covering Gaps between bottom of plaster board and flooring

  • (Architrave) Covering Gaps between plaster board and door lining

  • Improve the aesthetic look of your rooms

  • Skirting boards can work as a barrier that prevents your furniture from getting into contact with the walls and ruining the plastering work

skirting, architraves, and decorative mouldings


Depending on the type of moulding to be fixed and the material of which it will be fixed to, determines the fixing process of Skirtings, architrave and decorative mouldings.

Traditionally cut nails were used to secure timber grounds to masonry walls positioned behind the required location of the moulding enabling finer cut nails to be used to secure the moulding to it, using a nail punch the fixing would be punched below the surface to enable the decorator to fill the fixing hole, sand flush for a seamless finish.

Modern fixing methods are less time consuming and provide several alternative ways of securing mouldings with finishing nail guns and battery powered screw drivers. The range of available fixings with this technology make light work of the physical fixing procedures.

For fixing mouldings that will be polished, waxed or stained when finished, filling a fixing hole would detract from the visual appearance of the work, and so a plug and pellet system would be used to create a better finish. This method of fixing is usually applied to hardwoods.

Fitting the moulds at corners and abutments is important to achieve a clean and gap free appearance, with internal corner joints being scribed so that potential shrinkage of the moulding material is reduced by half, and external corners being mitred so that the mould line turns any corner seamlessly.

These rules will apply to all mouldings regardless of where they are sited.

skirting, architraves, and decorative moulding installations

How can we manage your needs?

Payne Carpentry have extensive experience in the many types of skirting, architraves, and decorative mouldings. We manage our clients’ needs by providing time and cost saving solutions by carrying out the following compulsory works procedures as part of our standard service.

  • All applicable installations are completed to manufacturing guides for product warranties
  • Quality and workmanship audits throughout the job
  • Health and Safety auditing for a clean, safe work environment
  • Regular site reports to assist site managers with build progress
  • Training & development programmes to improve our service
  • Always considering other trades when working onsite by going the extra mile on our quality of work and keeping things clean and tidy
We are always available and more than willing to offer valuable advice to our clients in assisting with the selection of products and services that are best suited. Below is a list of these additional services we offer.
  • A Supply and fit service
  • A Labour only service
  • Liaise with any client, Architect, structural engineer & design representatives at the initial stages of your project
  • Liaise with Local Build Control authorities/officers to sign off the installed works for warranty approvals etc. 

Get in Touch With Payne Carpentry Ltd.

We have been leading Devon’s carpentry industry with superior quality, reliable communication and efficient, effective solutions. If you have a project you would like us to work on, we would love to hear from you.

TRADA Member logo
CHAS logo
Cedral logo

Kingdom Business Centre, Kingdom House
Brunel Road
Newton Abbot
TQ12 4PB

Company number: 08938517