Our step-by-step guide takes you through how to cut coving


Before you can figure out how to cut coving, you need the proper tools. In our last blog, ‘How to fit coving’, we go through all the tools you’ll need for the job. In terms of cutting coving, here are the tools you’ll need:

  1. Mitre Block
  2. Fine tooth saw
  3. Flat, steady worktop or surface

There are two techniques for cutting coving:

    Straight butt joint – for joining two pieces of coving along a straight surface. 

    Place the cove in the mitre block on a workbench or similar flat surface.
    Line up the measurement mark with the upright edges at the stepped end of the block.
    Cut, keeping the saw against both edges of the block.

    Mitred joint - there are four types; External corners: left and right hand, and Internal corners: left and right hand.

    When using the mitre block, support any overhanging coving with a piece of wood the same thickness as the base of the block.
    Place the cove upside down in the mitre block, with the wall edge uppermost, flat against the side and the ceiling edge flat against the base.
    For left hand corner mitre, position the block to the left of the length of cove.

    Line up the measured mark with the appropriate mitre block slot (depending on whether the angle is internal or external) and cut.
    For right hand corner mitres, position the block to the right of the length of cove. Make sure to keep the coving steady while cutting.

    Next steps after learning how to cut coving

    With your coving pieces successfully measured and cut, it’s time to fix the pieces. Find out how to put up coving with our easy, how-to guide. 

    See our product pages to explore the full range of Artex Easifix products. Get more home improvement inspiration in our Repair Hub.