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How to Cove a Ceiling

Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about how to cove a ceiling

A cove ceiling provides a soft curve where there would otherwise be a straight line: between the wall and the ceiling. It eliminates that sharp 90 degree corner that comes naturally when building a room. It sounds simple, and it is, but this ceiling type is not without options.

You can customize your cove ceiling to spotlight the walls and/or ceilings depending on your reveal of choice. You can also add crown molding to jazz things up even further. If you’re already installing a pop-up ceiling, why not smooth out its edges with a cove? Okay, so you’re probably convinced. Now, all you need to know is how to cove a ceiling. No worries. We’ve got you covered there too.

Measure – To get this process started, we’ll need three simple measurements. First, take note of the perimeter. This is the distance, in linear inches, around the entire space that will be coved. Next, we’ll need the radius. This measurement will let us know exactly how curved you want your cove to be. Finally, we’ll just need to know how many 90-degree corners are in the space.

Choose your reveal – The reveal offers a way to add a little extra oomph to your cove ceiling. If you simply want to soften the edges of the room, you don’t need to add a reveal. If you’re looking for something a bit snazzier, you can opt for a top or bottom, or a top and bottom reveal. It’s all about what you think looks best in your space.

Order – Now, it’s time to place your order. The first step in learning how to cove a ceiling is to find someone else (us) to do the hard work for you. We’ll build every piece to your specifications (within 1/4”) and have your prefabricated kit on a truck en route to your job site within five days.

Make Your Markings – Follow the “How to Cove a Ceiling” guide that came along with your prefabricated ceiling kit to find out where to make your markings based on where you’d like your reveal. Then, snap a line around the entire room.

Time to Cove – With a brad nailer or stapler, install all of your coved corners to align with your snap line. If you have any corners that aren’t 90 degree angles, just follow the instructions for modifying the cove. Now, nail all of your cove pieces 16” on center along the walls and ceilings between every corner.

Now that you know how to cove a ceiling, what are you waiting for? Get out your tape measure and start calculating measurements. We’re ready to start building a coved ceiling just for you. 

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