COMMONLY USED COVING TERMS
Common Coving Terms. We know that sometimes it can be confusing when dealing with coving for the first time so we have put together a selection of our most commonly used terms to help you pick your coving.
CORNICE/COVING – these terms are used interchangeably to refer to a moulding which goes around the edge of the room connecting the wall and the ceiling. Traditionally coving referred to the plain moulding whilst cornice referred to the more ornate moulding which often incorporated decorative features like dentil & swag
GYPSUM – Gypsum is a soft white or grey mineral which when heated to about 300 °F (150 °C) creates a dry dusty ivory white plaster powder. When this powder is mixed with water, it re-forms into gypsum plaster
DROP – The drop of a coving refers to how far down the wall the coving will come and is the first measurement given. E.g. a coving which measures 100mmx100mm will come 100mm down the wall
PROJECTION – The projection of a coving refers to how far along the ceiling the coving will come and is the second measurement given. E.g. a coving which measures 100mmx100mm will come 100mm onto the ceiling
OGEE – when referring to coving Ogee is a style where concave and convex curves are combined to create a certain pattern.
EGG & DART – This is a pattern of coving where an egg shaped object is alternated with an arrow or dart shaped object.
DENTIL – This refers to uniform rows of square or rectangular objects which create an almost tooth like pattern.
SWAG – A hanging garland object often used to link a central object like a bow or similar
CONVEX – refers to something having an outline or surface that curves outwards like the exterior of a circle or sphere
CONCAVE – refers to something having an outline or surface that curves inwards like the interior or a circle or sphere
MITRE – A mitre is the type of joint needed to join 2 pieces of coving. It is created by bevelling the ends of the 2 lengths you want to join at 45 degrees to create a 90 degree angle