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Ok, I've done something really dumb. I fitted my own laminate flooring. Having never done it before, and only being moderately handy, I had varying degrees of success... some parts are perfectly 10mm from the wall, others are 22+mm. (Next time I'm hiring a professional.)

I didn't want a huge brick of skirting all the way around to cover my mistakes, and I decided I'd forgo beading/scotia, so ordered multiple thicknesses of skirting board. Most 18mm, but two pieces of 25mm for the bigger gaps along certain walls. This is what I ordered--flat boards with a beveled top edge.

Now it's arrived it's suddenly struck me that I don't know how to make those two depths meet in a visually pleasing manner in the corner -- both inside and outside. Like I say, really dumb.

How can I cut these two depths so that they fit together? 45 degrees just isn't going to work, is it?

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  • i would use a butt joint and generous caulk.
    – dandavis
    Nov 18, 2021 at 23:18
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    Gah. If generous caulk is needed for trim work you should lay down your hammer in shame and walk away. :D
    – isherwood
    Nov 19, 2021 at 15:28

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I'd suggest using the thicker board along an entire wall that has larger gaps requiring that depth. Use the thinner boards along an entire wall where you can get away with it. Your best bet, though, is probably going to be to go with the "huge brick" of skirting and make it the same thickness all the way around. The other option would be to use thinner skirting and quarter round at the base, but I believe that's what you're calling "scotia" and you don't want to do that. Since your chosen skirt board has a simple chamfer at the top, you could use a very short skirt board with chamfer as the scotia board instead of something rounded - that would better fit with the theme.

If you attempt to intersperse bits of 25mm skirting with bits of 18mm skirting, it's going to look like a bodge job no matter what kind of joint you make between them.

You don't indicate what kind of treatment the top has (square, simple round over, Roman ogee, etc.), so we can't give you any advice on how to make the corners meet, but you should be able to do it and have it come out decent looking. Cut a few short lengths and work out how to make them meet up nicely. If the tops are anything but square, I'd suggest you look into coping the joints. It'll take a bit of practice, but it's probably going to be the easiest way of doing it. Ask a question over at Woodworking if you've got questions about how to cope a joint.

Don't forget, these are corners and hardly anyone looks at the skirt boards in the corners. If it's really bad, you can hide them behind furniture, plants and other decorations.

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  • Thanks for the helpful comment. It's this style of skirting: skirting4u.co.uk/skirting-boards/edge-mdf-skirting-board Yes, don't worry, it's the same thickness across entire walls, it's purely down to the corners. I'll look up coping
    – Chuck
    Nov 19, 2021 at 0:04
  • You could cope (it'd be really easy!), but I'd be tempted to just do a butt joint and hit it with decorators' caulk. Nov 19, 2021 at 1:31
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    Honestly with that simple chamfered edge, it would be pretty easy to cope the joints. A butt joint would not look good in my opinion. Also, @Chuck, it would have been good to have put that link into your original question.
    – FreeMan
    Nov 19, 2021 at 1:57
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    How does one cope an outside corner?
    – isherwood
    Nov 19, 2021 at 15:33
  • @isherwood that's a more difficult situation to cope with. ;) OP didn't mention outside corners, so I didn't either.
    – FreeMan
    Nov 20, 2021 at 14:51

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