Skirting Boards vs Architraves

With a lot of technical terms, names and meanings, it can be difficult to know ‘what is what,’ and our industry is no exception.

In this guide, we provide a simple explanation around skirting boards and architraves and look at what each of these terms means.

Skirting boards and architraves are different, we have established that, yet the purpose of both of these features is generally the same. They are designed to hide uneven and untidy areas around the floor/wall and door or window space area. Both skirting boards and architraves started out as a fairly uniform and standard design, yet over the years they have developed. Today, very elegant and fancy designs are on offer and thus the prices of the materials can range accordingly. In fact, it could be said that today, skirting boards and architraves are more about the artwork and the look than the original purpose!?


What Are Architraves?

Architrave (sometimes called mouldings) generally fit around outer edges of the structures. The most common type of architrave is bullnose and chamfered, although of course others do exist.

Generally, architraves are fixed so they are cut at 45o angles and this is achieved using a mitre block. Whilst the process is not difficult, it is refined and it is well worth doing your research before undertaking should you be attempting to fit yourself.

Man Measuring Door Architrave

What Are Skirting Boards?

Skirting boards in comparison run along the very bottom of the walls and generally come in an MDF, PVC or wood style. Like architraves, there are many different styles which exist, and shapes also – these can be from sitting totally flat to the wall, to round or curved. The shape is often dependent on the profile of your wall, which often you will not have a choice about! Skirting boards need to be durable (perhaps more so than architrave) as in the average household they tend to be subject to accidents and damage far more easily.


Difference Between Skirting Board and Architrave

The main difference between skirting boards and architraves is that skirting boards are designed to run around the bottom perimeter of a room, whereas architrave is used as a frame to border structures such as doors and windows. Architrave is generally thinner than skirting board and is fitted around doors where the door frame meets the plaster.

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