How To Easily Upgrade Your Skirting With Skirting Board Covers

Ever increasing in popularity, skirting board covers (or “overskirting”) are a relatively new idea in the world of interior mouldings.

Benefits of using Skirting Board Covers

Traditionally manufactured from PVC, these covers allow you to update your skirting boards without having to remove the ones that are already installed. For people that are not too keen on DIY. This is a great time saver, and eliminates the risk of damaging your plaster in the removal process which can be costly! Furthermore, you can de-clutter your space by using skirting board covers to cleverly hide any cables such as your internet, telephone or TV aerial.

Lambs Tongue MDF Skirting Board Cover

Lambs Tongue MDF Skirting Board Cover

Skirting 4 U manufacture skirting board covers from MDF in a huge range of designs, so if you have a particular theme for your interior you can find the skirting board that best fits the overall design. You are not limited to standard Bull nose or Chamfer profiles. Why not check out the popular lambs tongue skirting board cover?




Save further time by getting your skirting board primed and sprayed with either gloss or satin paint. Reducing the risk of getting paint on your carpet or laminate flooring by getting them done before they arrive. If you’re feeling creative, why not use colour to bring your skirting to life? For ideas on how to do this check out our blog on 3 ways to use colour on your skirting board and architrave for some inspiration.

Custom Skirting Board Over Skirting

Custom Skirting Board Over Skirting

How custom skirting board covers are made

A skirting board cover is essentially an oversized skirting board, that is rebated at the back to create a hollow space that houses the skirting that is currently on the wall. The standard skirting board found in most homes is 18mm thick, so skirting board covers are manufactured from 25mm MDF with a recess that is 19mm deep. It is recommended that the recess be made at least 10mm taller than the height of the skirting board you are trying to cover to ensure it fits correctly.




In a perfect world, the architrave in the room that the covers are going in would be 25mm or thicker. This will mean that the skirting covers will sit flush with the architrave once fitted. However, some people opt for the architrave to be flush with the original skirting board. This means that if a cover is fitted, the overall look can be spoiled where the cover meets the thinner architrave.

MDF Skirting Board Skirting Cover

MDF Skirting Board Skirting Cover

In this scenario, the recommend solution is to install a 30mm plinth block at the base of the architrave to mask the transition from the skirting cover to the architrave. Alternatively, you can taper the skirting cover inwards at the edges so that it sits flush with the architrave where they meet.




Here at Skirting 4 U We can customise a wide range of designs or colour schemes to match your interior design requirements. For more information about MDF skirting board covers, contact Skirting 4 U on 01922 451 689 or drop an email enquiry to enquiries@skirting4u.co.uk.