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Architraves surround a window, door or other opening to hide the join between the wall and door or window frames. An important decorative detail that supports the architectural style and protects from knocks and bumps.

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How do I choose the best heights for my skirting and widths for my architrave?

How to choose the right size skirting boards? First, decide what you are wanting to achieve in your home build, addition or renovation. These are some factors to keep in mindā€¦ā€¦.

1) Space. A commonly held belief is that large skirting boards can only be used in big rooms with high ceilings. But if you are wanting to create a cosy space, a higher-than-normal skirting is something you can experiment with. Similarly, to create an impression of extra spaciousness you can keep the skirtings smaller in a large area. Ask our team to show you some sample decors.

2) Height. A good starting point is the following chart:

Ceiling Height Complimentary Skirting Sizes
To 2.4m 90-135mm
To 2.7m 115-185mm
To 3.0m 135-230mm
To 3.6m 185mm+

The above are suggestions only. Any skirting 185mm high or more we consider to be large skirtings. 185mm suits most new homes. A more ā€œbusyā€ profile generally looks better in a room with more space available. In a smaller room ā€“ if you are using a high-profile style – we would recommend a design with more ā€œbreathing spaceā€, i.e. with 50% of flat space in its profile.

Think about what you want to achieve. Do you want a dramatic effect, a cosy space or just to open your room out?

Do you want the skirtings to stand out as a piece of architectural art, or do you want to just enhance the dƩcor of your room?

Does architrave go to the floor?

Architraves when framing a door run to the floor, with the skirting board butting into the side of the architrave. Sometimes a skirting block is used instead, meaning that the architraves run into the top of the block, and the skirting board comes out of the side of the block. This is useful when a different profile design, or thickness is used, or to create a more decorative finish.

Does my chair rail and architrave thickness need to be the same?

No, however if your chair rail is thicker than your architrave any overhang of the chair rail would need to be champered at a 45 degree angle to finish it.

Do skirting boards have to match the architraves?

Once you have chosen the skirting board the next decision to make is about the architraves. While most people will choose the same profile ā€“ in a smaller height ā€“ it is possible to mix and match profiles to achieve a look that is both interesting and beautiful. Following are some recommendations that will help in getting the mix right: 1) Architrave widths for different door heights recommendations:
Door Height Architrave Width
2.04m 66-90mm
2.34m 90-135mm
2.70m 115mm+
2) Skirting and architrave combination recommendations:
Skirtings Architrave
90-135mm 66-90mm
115-185mm 90-115mm
185-230mm 90-115mm
230mm+ 115mm+
The most commonly used combinations are:
  • 135mm skirting with 90mm architrave
  • 185mm skirting with 90mm architrave

What is the difference between a skirting board and architrave?

The difference between a Skirting board and Architrave is the location and the size. The Skirting board is designed to be fitted around the perimeter of a room, fixed to the wall where it meets the floor. An Architrave, however is usually a smaller width than the skirting board, and is fitted around the windows and doorways to cover where the wooden frame meets the plasterboard.

Is there a minimum order quantity?

Yes, Fast Trim is not designed for small orders and as such the minimum order quantity is 400m which can be made up of a combination of skirting and architrave. If you are not sure if your project will be that size, talk to us and we can make a recommendation as to whether Fast Trim is suitable.

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