In the world of trim, crown is king. Lording high over casings, chair rails, and baseboards, it cuts an impressive profile with elegant curves and distinguished angles. It also elevates a room's stature, drawing the eye up to the ceiling and echoing design motifs seen in other moldings to create a cohesive and polished look for the space.
Crown's lineage reaches back to the ancient Greeks, who created the profiles and the rules of proportion that we still use some 2,500 years later. Only the materials have changed. Rather than the original heavy stone, 18th-century American craftsmen opted for more malleable and relatively lighter-weight plaster or wood crown. While these materials are still top choices for traditionalists, today's handy homeowner can also choose moldings made from foam and flexible polyurethane, which go up with greater ease than the Greeks, or even our grandfathers, could have ever imagined—no chisel, trowel, or nails required.
Pictured: White paint in a high-gloss sheen accentuates the carved detail in this wood crown and adds a classic touch to the entry foyer and living room.
Similar to Shown: Custom 9-inch-high cornice in wood, about $7.50 per linear foot; Stark Custom Millwork
Anatomy of Crown
At its essence, crown consists of an elongated S profile atop a cove. Adding trim beneath the cove, as shown, creates a cornice, though the entire assemblage is often referred to as crown.
How much does it cost?
Stock primed pine crown molding starts at about $1.50 per linear foot, plaster at about $5, foam at about $3.75, and flexible polyurethane at about $1.
Stock or custom?
Stock profiles are the least expensive and most readily available. Custom work—matching an existing profile or creating a new design—can cost more than twice as much and take up to six weeks to produce.
DIY or hire a pro?
Installing a one-piece crown is a project most detail-minded homeowners can handle. But if a room has out-of-square or curved walls, or if the molding is made of heavy plaster or built-up wood profiles, hire a pro.
How much to buy?
Measure the perimeter of the room, then add 10 to 15 percent for waste; for rooms with lots of corners, add 20 percent.
Crown Material: Wood
Lightweight and relatively flexible, this DIY-friendly material comes in 8- to 12-foot lengths and is installed with finishing nails.
Stock paint-grade crown runs about $1.50 to $7 per linear foot; stain-grade woods range from about $1 to more than $10.
Shown: 7¼-inch-high B301 in walnut, about $14.25 per linear foot, plus about $65 custom fee; Baird Brothers Sawmill
Crown Material: Plaster
Because it's made to order in 6-foot lengths, each hand-cast piece can be richly ornamented with crisp detail. Plaster is heavy and rigid, and usually requires a pro to install it using screws and construction adhesive. Joints are filled with plaster, then the surface must be painted.
Prices range from about $5 to $30 per linear foot.
Shown: 4⅜-inch-high Georgian 2210, about $9 per linear foot; Monumental Construction & Moulding Company
Crown Material: Plaster-Covered Foam
The 8-foot lengths of extruded polystyrene are topped with fiberglass and a thin coat of acrylic plaster. It's light and flexible as wood, as seamless as solid plaster, and DIY-friendly; joint compound holds it in place and fills seams. Like plaster, it has to be painted.
Stock profiles range from about $1.80 to $7.75 per linear foot.
Shown: 6-inch-high CTR-813, about $4.10 per linear foot; Canamould Extrusions (Go here to see how Canamould is installed)
Crown Material: Polyurethane Foam
Cast in 8- and 12-foot lengths, it looks like plaster but is lightweight and doesn't require professional installation. Construction adhesive holds it in place; joints are filled with caulk.
Stock profiles cost about $3.75 to $45 per linear foot.
Shown: 4 15/16-inch-high Carmichael Crown 11750, about $9.35 per linear foot; Focal Point Architectural Products
Crown Material: Flexible Polyurethane
Cast in 8- to 12-foot lengths, it cuts like wood but is much heavier. Can fit a radius as small as 24 inches. Construction adhesive and finishing nails hold it in place. Choose a painted or stained-wood-look finish.
Stock profiles range from about $1 to $17 per foot.
Shown: 4-inch-high paint-grade 126, about $12.75 per linear foot; ZaGO Flexible Mouldings
What Size Should It Be?
Keep these rules of thumb in mind when selecting crown for your house.
Consider the room's purpose. Traditionally, crown was incorporated into impressive cornices in public rooms, such as entry foyers, dining rooms, and parlors. The size would remain consistent from one first-floor entertaining space to the next. By contrast, smaller, less elaborate crown was generally used for private spaces—a powder room or bedroom.
Play off the existing trim. Look to your baseboards and door and window casing to determine the right scale. An appropriately sized cornice is either the same height as, or slightly smaller than, the baseboard.
Measure the ceiling height. Ceiling height is the ultimate arbiter of size, according to architect Richard Sammons, coauthor of Get Your House Right. For standard 8-foot-high ceilings, the crown/cornice height should be 2½ to 6 inches; for 9-foot ceilings, 3 to 7½ inches, and for 10-foot ceilings, 3½ to 8 inches.
Molding Profile: Distinguished Dentils
This crown is paired with crisply milled dentil molding and beaded baseboard.
Shown: 6 ¼-inch-high B209, B009, and B303 in red oak, about $6.65 per linear foot; Baird Brothers Sawmill
Molding Profile: Classical Casting
In the tradition of ancient Greek and Roman crown, this molding has both acanthus leaves and egg-and-dart detailing.
Shown: 7⅜-inch-high CM391 in plaster, about $22.90 per linear foot; Hyde Park Mouldings
Molding Profile: Bead and Curve
In place of the typical cove, there's a bead beneath the elongated S curve. This crown is solid, making it a good choice in locations that don't touch the ceiling, such as cabinets and casings.
Shown: 2¾-inch-high SC234 in primed pine, about $1.65 per linear foot; Garden State Lumber Products
Molding Profile: Leafy Look
Delicate acanthus leaves are commonly seen on trim used in Classical Revival–style homes.
Shown: 6¾-inch-high MLD493-12 in polyurethane foam, about $12.50 per linear foot; Fypon
Molding Profile: Double Bead
A one-piece crown with bead detail sits atop a beaded baseboard.
Shown: 4⅝-inch-high B211, B309 in stain-grade cherry, $6.38 per linear foot; Baird Brothers Sawmill
Molding Profile: Ornamental Ovolo
This flexible, paint-grade polyurethane crown is topped with a large bulbous curve, called an ovolo, that creates a clean shadow line.
Shown: 4¼-inch-high 175, about $19.25 per linear foot; ZaGO Flexible Mouldings
Molding Profile: Stair Steps
Overlaid strips of solid stock form a crown that would complement 1920s Art Deco or even contemporary interiors.
Shown: 7½-inch-high custom profile in maple, about $7.75 per linear foot; Baird Brothers Sawmill
Molding Profile: Graceful Garland
A scene-stealing frieze with a flowering vine motif tucks neatly beneath a rippled crown.
Shown: 6½-inch-high FM311 in plaster, about $14.50 per linear foot; Hyde Park Mouldings
Molding Profile: Strong and Simple
This ancient crown profile is simply a graceful S curve set above a concave-shaped cove.
Shown: 3½-inch-high B302 in hickory, about $3.25 per linear foot; Baird Brothers Sawmill
Molding Profile: Deco Facets
An angular profile and gem-like geometric pattern recall flapper-era glamour.
Shown: 8⅛-inch-high 2235 in plaster, about $9.25 per linear foot; Monumental Construction & Moulding Company
Molding Profile: Understated Elegance
Clean, simple profiles are often the best choice for a home's more private rooms.
Shown: 3 9/16-inch-high CTR 514 in plaster-covered foam, about $2.35 per linear foot; Canamould Extrusions
Molding Profile: Rope Border
To get intricate details like ropes or beads in a wood crown, these components are often machined separately and then inserted into a groove cut into the crown.
Shown: 3½-inch-high B311 in cherry, about $3.75 per linear foot; Baird Brothers Sawmill
Molding Profile: Greek Key
This impressive one-piece cornice has a meandering Greek key design of interlocking geometric shapes.
Shown: 7⅝-inch-high Governor's Palace Fretwork Crown in polyurethane, about $15.50 per linear foot; Focal Point Architectural Products
Molding Profile: Beads and Curls
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MDF Crown Moulding (Primed)
StylishWhether it's your entrance room, dining room or a bedroom, a decorative Crown Moulding adds beauty to any ceiling. Rediscover this elegant home finishing tradition and interpret it in a classical or modern style.
In the past, a room's walls and ceilings were part of the furnishings. Beautifully carved crown mouldings were important components of sophisticated interior design. Generously ornamented crown moulding as a part of easthetically decorated interior, remain a feast for the beholder's eyes to this day.
Durable & Uniform
CARB Phase II compliant, this high quality MDF product comes from New Zealand.
MDF is an engineered wood product made of approximately 80% chipped wood fiber, combining it with wax and resin glue. High temperature and pressure during the manufacturing process makes the product durable and high in density.
MDF does not contain knots or rings, making it more uniform than natural wood products, and has no tendency to split. It is consistent in strenght and size.
MDF products don't expand and contract like wood and are easy to paint.
All Crown Mouldings are 16 feet long.
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Foam Crown Molding is Easy to Install & Costs Less
Making home improvements can feel overwhelming. A single bathroom remodel can cost thousands of dollars and take months to complete. There’s an affordable, easy way to give your home a luxury upgrade for a fraction of the cost and without all the construction teams. Crown molding can transform any room in your house. Above the cabinets in your kitchen? A flair of elegance. Added to a bedroom, it creates a homey “finished” environment. But what about the nails, and isn’t crown molding heavy and hard to install? Traditionally, perhaps. At Crown Molding Solutions, we’ve designed foam crown molding that is EASIER to install, will never warp (so it’s perfect for a bathroom!) and is less expensive. No one will ever know it’s foam crown molding instead of wood! Our styles range from slim and discrete, to large and ornate. Choose one that fits your personality and let us know how we can help. We provide step-by-step installation guides and if you get stuck, just give our helpful team a call. Family owned and operated out of Cleburne, Texas with nationwide shipping.
Ceiling elements are individual pieces that can significantly enhance a rooms decor. The range consist of ceiling domes, ceiling rims, ceiling medallions, both elliptical medallions and non-elliptical medallions, and rosettes. Ceiling rosettes and ceiling medallions are not just exclusive to ceiling decor - they can also be used creatively as wall accents and wall decor.
There are variety of different decorative moldings. Our largest range consists of crown moldings which can be used as either decorative exterior crown moldings or decorative interior crown moldings. Most crown moldings can be made in flexible material for specific project requirements. In fact, most mouldings we offer can be custom made for projects that require flexible molding. We have a category of pre-formed rigid flex that may work, while almost all other profiles may be ordered as custom flexible mouldings. In addition to the crown moldings, there is a wide range of chair rails, casings, fascias, and friezes, as well as panel moldings and baseboard moldings. Certain molding profiles can be customized with dentil trim and we also carry a line of miter free moldings that can be used with molding blocks, such as Focal Point's Quick Clips molding installation system and Focal Point's Moulding Mates. Also available are wide range of flat trim that can be used for many different applications.
Decorative line of products for both exterior and interior entry systems and window systems. A full line of entry systems consisting of pilasters, plinths, capitals, crossheads, pediments, transoms, and crosshead pediment combinations. Window systems consists of arch window trims and oval trims, window headers, window shutters and window panels, along with all window system accessories. Adjustable window headers are also offered for simpler installation. Compatible keystones for window headers and overdoors are available to enhance the appearance of both door and window systems.
Offering a full line of structural load-bearing columns and decorative column wraps and covers. Our line consists of a wide range of round tapered and non-tapered columns, round fluted columns, square fluted columns, square recessed columns and round twisted columns. To enhance your decor add the perfect balance of architecturally detailed recessed column wraps, raised column wraps, fluted column wraps and simple plain column wraps. Column crowns and bases are also available to enhance the detail of all columns.
All architectural elements to complement both exterior and interior decor. A large collection of corbels and brackets for both exterior and interior use. Niches for standard walls, surface mount niches, and larger niches with niche caps. Shelves and mantels for artful display of frames and collectibles. Decorate stair cases with a wide collection of stair brackets, available for both right and left configurations and also in flex! Highly detailed decorative accents that can be used as wall accents and appliques for both exterior and interior use. Dentil blocks to enhance the exterior of a building. A wide range of louvers in multiple sizes to meet specific requirements and available with screening to allow for functional and ventilation use. A complete line of gables that can be coordinated with a range of finials creating the exact architectural detail desired.
For the Do-It-Yourself, these decorative home kits simplify your DIY projects by providing you with the parts necessary to tackle projects from entry ways to entire crown packages for rooms of various sizes.
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Crown molding gives any room in your home a finished, polished appearance. These detailed moldings install at the area where the ceiling meets the wall, but can also be used to finish cabinets, bookcases and door frames. True crown molding can get expensive, though, particularly if you are running it around an entire room. Consider using any of these inexpensive crown molding options if you need to save money while sprucing up your home.
Inexpensive Options for Crown Molding
There are a few different types of inexpensive crown molding. Not every type is created equally, or suitable for every project. Know your specific needs before you buy to make sure one of these options can complete your job.Related Articles
Polyurethane, or Styrofoam, is a lightweight foam that can be shaped, molded, primed, painted and cut. It can form several different shapes of crown molding and is suitable for use in wet areas and outdoors. Depending on the manufacturer, you may be able to install it simply by gluing it up, although many types are installed like traditional moldings and are nailed.
Advantages of using a polyurethane-based molding include:
- Inexpensive - Polyurethane moldings can cost as little as $1 per linear foot.
- Lightweight - These moldings are very easy for one person to handle.
- Easy to cut - Polyurethane does not splinter like wood, so if you are a novice at cutting moldings you won't have to worry about broken ends.
- Appearance - Polyurethane moldings look fine from a distance, but for those going in areas that are seen up close, they do not appear like the real thing.
- Not Eco-Friendly - Polyurethane is not a green or renewable material.
Places to find polyurethane moldings include:
- WishIHadThat sells pre-primed moldings in lengths up to 8-feet. They have several decorative corner pieces available, and their moldings are a chunky 3-inches in width. Prices start at around $7 per piece, and they offer free shipping on all orders over $50. WishIHadThat is also known for their excellent packing job, which will ensure your lightweight moldings arrive in one piece.
- DecorativeCeilingTiles carries plain and decorative moldings in lengths up to 6-1/2-feet. Their moldings are glue-up and come ready to paint. Prices start at around $15 a piece. The customer service at DecorativeCeilingTiles will help assist you in finding just the right molding for your job if you're having difficulty deciding what product is right for you.
MDF, or medium-density fiberboard, offers another option for inexpensive crown moldings. MDF moldings are made of layers of wood pieces glued together under intense heat and pressure. The result is a lightweight, dense and inexpensive crown molding that can be primed, painted and installed like wood.
Advantages of using and MDF molding include:
- Lack of grain and knots - MDF moldings are extremely smooth with no grain or knots so they give consistent appearance, while also being easy to cut and handle.
- Lightweight - While not as light as polyurethane, MDF is lighter than wood moldings, making them easy for one person to install.
- Detail - MDF moldings are available in a wide range of different styles and details to complement a range of decors.
- Less character - While a lack of grain can be beneficial to some jobs, it can detract from others because the moldings have no variation or character.
- Formaldehyde - MDF is produced with urea formaldehyde, which it gives off when cut, potentially making it dangerous to your health.
- Splitting - MDF can split when being nailed or screwed during installation.
Places to find inexpensive MDF crown moldings include:
- Burton Moldings produces dozens of different profiles for crown molding in MDF. Pricing begins at just .70 a linear foot, with moldings coming in 16-foot lengths. Burton Moldings is also well known for their customer service; no matter how small a job you are doing, they will work with you to ensure you get just what you want.
- Menards carries several profiles of crown molding in MDF. Pricing begins at around $7 for an 8-foot length of molding. In addition to selling you a great product, Menards will also show you how to install it, and offers attractive credit terms for qualified customers looking to do larger jobs.
Contrary to popular belief, not all hardwood moldings are going to break the bank. Depending on the species of wood you are choosing, you may be able to find simple, hardwood moldings for as little as .70 a linear foot. Look for wood species such as:
- Red oak
To further reduce the price of hardwood moldings, look for thinner profiles; thick profiles will often be double or higher the cost of thinner moldings.
Advantages to using hardwood moldings include:
- Character and grain - Hardwood has grain, knots and texture that man-made materials lack. This is particularly beneficial if you plan to stain, rather than paint, the moldings.
- Durability - Wood that is treated and installed properly can last as long as your home does.
- Weight - Hardwood is heavy, and can be more difficult to install for the novice homeowner.
- Splintering - Cutting hardwood moldings can take some practice to avoid the splintering that can occur when the heavy end pulls away during the cut.
Look for inexpensive hardwood moldings at:
- World of Moulding carries many different species of wood and profiles, some of which are as low in cost as .71 a linear foot. World of Moulding also prescreens contractors who work with their products, so if you don't plan to install the moldings yourself, they can help you find someone who can.
- The Home Depot carries several species of wood crown moldings with prices starting at around $8 for a 96-inch piece. Have your molding sent right to a store near you for pick up and avoid pricey delivery fees.
Update Your Home for Less
Crown molding adds the finishing touch that many newer homes are lacking. Put up some inexpensive crown molding and give your home the attention to detail it deserves.
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