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How To Remove A Cornice Without Damage

How To Remove A Cornice Without Damage

An Ultimate Guide to Detaching A Cornice

When it comes to window decor, it’s all about aesthetics and functionality. Adding the right element can elevate the beauty of your space brilliantly while adding a splash of warmth and elegance. We believe that the essence of window styling is that it should look good from both inside and outside of your interior. Selecting the right one beautifies your windows making surroundings soothing and astonishing.

Cornice boards are a window treatment solution that is placed to cover the top part of the windows.  You can place these decorative moldings over the window or door for enhanced aesthetic value and for functional benefits. They are available in a range of colors and textures that help the windows look mesmerizing. Proper installation helps in blocking sunlight and other rays from the top part of the windows while creating a consistent ambiance throughout your room. These sleek and simple designs can be classic too when properly customized and mounted. Though they are reliable and offer grand appeal to your windows, there may be times when you get tired of these window treatments and may want to replace them with other valances. You may also want to replace them with new cornice boards or do away with them altogether. In such cases you need to remove them from the wall.

Cornices are covered with painted finishes or soft fabric material, and often require cleaning or repairing. For that reason also, you may have to bring them down. No matter what the reason is, you should always know the right way of detaching them, otherwise you will end up damaging the wall or window frame. If the time has come to take your cornice down and not sure where to start, then this article will help you out!

Wood Cornice Board

Step By Step Ways of Removing Cornice

Disclaimer – Please follow these instructions at your own risk. ZebraBlinds takes no liability for any issues or damage caused due to DIY methods. Since there are various designs available that are mounted differently, we always recommend checking with the manufacturer or experts once before you get started. Don’t hesitate to take help from the professionals; they are always there to guide you!

Step 1: Before you dig into the process of removing cornice, make sure to take down any drapes, blinds, and hardware including tassels and other decorative attachments to reduce weight. This will allow for smooth and efficient cornice removal without any complication. In this project, take a step stool or ladder to reach the top part of the window easily.

Step 2: Look for the hardware attached to the cornice. Usually these window solutions are hung using L-brackets attached to the wall or window frame. While some cornices are mounted into the wall with screws. Check for all the brackets, nails, and screws, and remove them with a drill or hammer. Hold the weight of the cornice while removing the hardware to avoid damages.

Step3: After taking out the nails and screws, lift up on the cornice. If it doesn’t come out, check for the hidden hardware around the edges.

Step 4:  If you have removed all hardware and the cornice is still in place, use a flat bar (place it between the wall/ceiling and the cornice) to gently pry the cornice away. Be sure to put minimal pressure to avoid damages to the surroundings. Be careful in this situation and make sure to support the weight as the cornice solution may come away any time after detaching.

Step 5: In the final step, lower down the cornice slowly as needed.

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