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What is a cove mitre?

         
         
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  Plastic cove mitre used to accurately cut mitre joints on coving.  

A cove mitre is a tool used to provide an accurate guide for cutting the corner joint angles known as mitres (see below) on coving.

 
         
     

What is a mitre?

 
  A mitre joint is an angled joint between two pieces of material often used on corners.  

A mitre joint is an angled joint between two pieces of material. They are often used on corners.

 
         
  Different corner angle joints that can be achieved with a mitre joint.  

A mitre joint can be used to join two pieces of material together at any angle. The angle of the mitre cut on the two pieces of material being joined is always half the total angle of the corner you want to achieve, so a 90 degree corner has a 45 degree mitre cut on the two adjoining pieces of material.

 
         
     

What is coving?

 
  Coving is fitted to a room between the walls and ceiling  

Coving, or cornice to give it the correct name, is a decorative mould fitted along the top of a room where the walls and ceiling meet. Originally used to hide cracks or gaps between the wall and ceiling, now the main purpose of coving is decoration.

 
         
  Coving can be made of several materials, the most common of which these days are paper-coated plaster or high density polyurethane  

Cornice can be made of several materials including wood, polystyrene, paper-coated plaster and high-density polyurethane. 

 
         
     

What is the difference between coving and other types of cornice?

 
  'C' shaped cornice is called coving  

Coving is a plain, concave ‘C’-shaped style of cornice that has become so popular that the term coving is now often used to describe all cornice styles.

 
         
  Convex and concave  

A concave shape is one that curves inwards. It is the opposite of a convex shape. 

 
         
  Cornice is patterned and more ornate than coving  

Cornice usually has more intricate and ornate patterns than plain coving and is often fitted in period properties.