Frequently Asked Questions

Here is a list of questions and answers that you may find useful. If you would like to ask us anything, feel free to get in touch.

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Cornice / Coving

What’s the difference between Cornice and Coving?

Cornice is the generic term applied to a moulding designed to conceal the join between the wall and the ceiling. Coving usually refers to a type of Cornice that is uniform in profile.

I have a curved wall. Can you make coving / cornice to suit?

Yes. If you need a radius cornice / coving section made, whether to match an original profile or one of our own designs, we can help. Just send us a profile of the curved wall, letting us know if it bows inwards (internal) or outwards (external) along with how much you require.

To make a profile of the radius in question, use an appropriate sized piece of paper or card and cut to suit the shape of the curve.

If the section to be made is to match an original moulding, we will need you to send either a small piece or post a profile in the post. If sending a profile, using a standard timber saw, cut straight in to the Cornice face, insert a thin piece of card (keeping it square in relation to the wall and ceiling) and carefully sketch around the shape with a sharp pencil. From this we can produce new mouldings to match.

Please find a price guide below for radius sections matching our own Cornice designs:

Set-up fee – £72 – £84

Cost per 1.5m length – £60 – £78

Price guide for radius sections to match existing mouldings:

Set-up fee – £102 – £120

Cost per 1.5m length – £60 – £78

The above prices are dependent upon size, and are only applicable to plain run mouldings, and not Cornice enriched with decorative leaf, flower, egg & dart, scrolls, motifs etc.

Carriage is charged from £42 unless already part of an original delivery.

All prices include VAT.

For more information please call 01278 439218

How do I know how much Cornicing I will need?

To help you choose the correct quantity, we have put together the following formula:

Accurately total up the perimeter of the room in metres. Then add 10% to the total. Divide by the length of your chosen Cornice (shown on the product details) then round that figure up to the next full length.

So for example, you have chosen the ‘Grand Victoria‘ for the following:

1) Room perimeter = 22.4m

2) Add 10% at 2.24mtrs = 24.64m

3) Divide by 2.6m = 9.47

4) Round up 9.47 to the next full length = 10 lengths

Note: Add 15% to total meterage if you have more than 6 mitres (corners)

If you are still unsure, then please email us a plan of your room and we will be happy to advise.

I have original plaster Cornice / Coving that I want to replicate. How do I proceed?

This is a very common issue. Sometimes you may need plaster Cornice / Coving reproduced because of damage or the partitioning of a room, if so, please take a look at our Made to Match service.

I want to add value to my property using plaster mouldings, what do you suggest?

When looking to increase your property value, any good estate agent will tell you that style and impressions will make a massive difference to the saleable value of your home. A well designed house will help to increase its potential value.

If you are in possession of an older period property, look at the existing fittings and plaster mouldings and try and match them to our products using a sympathetic pattern. We have an extensive catalogue of authentic Georgian and Victorian plaster Cornice / Coving which will encompass most period properties, so you are sure to find something suitable.


Fitting

When is it best to paint your plaster products?

Once the products have been installed wait until they are fully dry. They will be white in colour and dry to the touch. Never paint them before installation.

We always recommend using two coats of normal matt emulsion with the first coat watered down.

The products supplied are slightly damp. Are they OK to fit?

Yes. Sometimes our products are still damp when supplied but please do not be alarmed. All items can be fitted straight from the mould and in fact, most professional installers prefer them this way as they provide more flexibility and are less porous when applying adhesive.

Do you offer a fitting service?

Yes we do. A fixing quotation can be supplied upon request.

Areas we cover are:

Penzance, Barnstaple, Exeter, Plymouth, Taunton, Weymouth, Blandford Forum, Salisbury, Weston-Super-Mare, Bristol, Bath, Cardiff, Newport, Gloucester, Swindon.

For other areas, please see our list of recommended fitters.

Can I fit your products myself?

Yes you can. We have a fitting guide and we also provide fitting materials on our site which we strongly recommend to help you do it yourself.


General

I want to add value to my property using plaster mouldings, what do you suggest?

When looking to increase your property value, any good estate agent will tell you that style and impressions will make a massive difference to the saleable value of your home. A well designed house will help to increase its potential value.

If you are in possession of an older period property, look at the existing fittings and plaster mouldings and try and match them to our products using a sympathetic pattern. We have an extensive catalogue of authentic Georgian and Victorian plaster Cornice / Coving which will encompass most period properties, so you are sure to find something suitable.


Ordering / Delivery

How are your products delivered?

All of our products are hand delivered using our own transport and driver so we have full control over timing of deliveries and care of all items. Some of our smaller items can be delivered by courier on request – please contact us for further details.

Your order will arrive on the date agreed and in perfect condition.

How do I know how much Cornicing I will need?

To help you choose the correct quantity, we have put together the following formula:

Accurately total up the perimeter of the room in metres. Then add 10% to the total. Divide by the length of your chosen Cornice (shown on the product details) then round that figure up to the next full length.

So for example, you have chosen the ‘Grand Victoria‘ for the following:

1) Room perimeter = 22.4m

2) Add 10% at 2.24mtrs = 24.64m

3) Divide by 2.6m = 9.47

4) Round up 9.47 to the next full length = 10 lengths

Note: Add 15% to total meterage if you have more than 6 mitres (corners)

If you are still unsure, then please email us a plan of your room and we will be happy to advise.

Are the website prices inclusive of VAT?

Yes. All prices include VAT at 20%.

What areas of the UK are eligible for delivery?

We cover the whole of England and Wales as far north as Leeds.

If you are outside the delivery range we may still be able to help. Please contact us on 01278 439218.

How much is delivery and when will I receive my goods?

Delivery starts from £42 and is calculated on the straight line distance between our workshop and the delivery address. Smaller items such as corbels and ceiling roses up to 560mm in diameter may be sent via Hermes couriers using their 2/3 working day service for a reduced fee. Please contact us for prices.

Once your order has been placed, we will contact you by either email of phone within 48 hours to inform you of the delivery date. All orders will be delivered within 8 working days.

What is your returns policy?

We take customer satisfaction very seriously. The first thing to do is give us a call or email us within four working days.

If you decide that the mouldings you have ordered are not what you require, we will happily collect the items as long as they are in original undamaged condition.

There is a collection fee of £42. In addition there is a restocking fee of 20% of the full value of the products.

Bespoke items are non-returnable.


Product Care

When is it best to paint your plaster products?

Once the products have been installed wait until they are fully dry. They will be white in colour and dry to the touch. Never paint them before installation.

We always recommend using two coats of normal matt emulsion with the first coat watered down.

How do I store plaster mouldings once I have taken receipt of them?

All plaster Covings, Cornice, Ceiling Roses etc. must be stored flat whether on the floor or upright. If the latter is the case, make sure they are well supported and are not allowed to sag or bow.

Also, because there may still be some residual moisture content in the moulding, please do not store on or in contact with carpets, upholstery, timber flooring, skirting boards and furniture etc.