How to Use Natural Rope As a Trim

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Trim and molding can add unique looks and textures to both rooms and individual pieces of furniture. Although you can use many types of natural rope trim designed specifically for molding or trim, such as 1/4 round, 1/2 round, and 3/4 round rope, you can also simply nail or glue a natural rope in place as a trim or molding. Using rope as trim or molding isn't much different than using other materials.

Things You'll Need

  • Natural rope
  • Fine nails or brads
  • Glue (optional)
  • Begin laying your rope trim by nailing end at the end of the desired run of trim.

  • Continue laying the trim and nailing it in place if you are running it along the floor. When installing rope trim where it is supported by a solid surface on the bottom, nail the trim in place every 12 to 18 inches. Pull the rope taunt between nails. Visually ensure that the tension between nails is the same.

  • Nail trim running along a wall or ceiling in place with a nail every inch or two, depending on the stiffness of the rope. Thicker, stiffer rope will require fewer nails because of its tendency to stay in place.

  • Wrap square or circular posts or pillars with natural rope, nailing it in place as necessary. Wrapping chair verticals or household support pillars in rope can create a completely different feel to the room.

Tips & Warnings

  • Gluing the rope in place will help secure it. However, gluing may make re-decorating or replacing dirty or worn rope more difficult.
  • To decrease the bend radius on rope, such as when running a rope around a door, cut a wedge out of the rope while leaving the rope intact. Use a little hot glue to keep the rope from unraveling from the back.

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