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How can I connect the skirtings at the butt joint?

Quite often, a wall is longer than the standard dimension of a skirting board. In this case, several skirting board sections have to be combined. This results in a butt joint where the two ends of the skirting boards meet. – But how do I avoid the gap between the two skirtings being visible? You have different possibilities:

The point where two skirtings meet is known as the “butt joint”. The skirtings can be cut using a so-called mitre cut, at an angle to each other, or be prepared with two straight ends. When connecting the skirtings in this way, it is advisable to attach an installation clip centrally behind the joint in order to be able to mount both skirtings with only one clip.

An alternative to the variant mentioned above is the installation method using end caps. In this case, two end caps are simply glued together to form a “transition cap” – this way you avoid a possible gap at the joint.

Skirting board
Skirting board
Two skirting boards put together using a transition cap

Further tip for joining skirtings at the joint

If possible, cut the skirting boards so that the joint can be hidden behind a cupboard, chest of drawers or other piece of furniture.

Preparation is therefore necessary before fitting the skirting boards. Make sure that the skirting boards are cut to size; whether mitre cut or straight cut is up to you. Take a look at our installation instructions for skirting boards using clips, carrier rails or glue.