Skirting and Architrave Guidelines
We are often asked our advice on this subject so this article runs through all the things that you need to consider when choosing these items. Architrave is the frame that surrounds the door and lining, and skirting runs around the room at floor level. With our prehung door sets we can provide certain designs of architrave and skirting that are veneered so these items match what ever finish you have chosen for the doors. Your first choice is to decide if you want your architrave to match the colour of the door or have it painted.
We usually advise that painted architrave it is made of HDF, a type of water resistant MDF. This is cheaper and more stable than hardwood and can be pinned and glued rather than screwed to the wall, making installation costs less. Hardwood architrave and skirting comes in a more limited number of woods, these are commonly Oak, Walnut, Sapele, Cherry, Beech, Ash and Maple. With solid wood or MDF the range of different mouldings are many, please see PDF for some of the choices.