How to remove skirting boards quickly and easily with the right tools

Crowbar easing skirting board away from wall
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If you’re replacing your old skirting boards you’ll need to know how to remove skirting boards the right way to make sure you don’t do too much damage to the walls. You don't want to be filling holes, replastering or replacing plasterboard if you can help it.

The less time you spend repairing walls the more time you will have to fit the new skirting board, and make sure that you're painting skirting boards to a professional finish. Here you can find out what tools and techniques you’ll need to do a pro job.  

How to remove skirting boards in three easy steps

Steve Jenkins

Steve Jenkins is a freelance content creator with over two decades of experience working in digital and print and was previously the DIY content editor for Homebuilding & Renovating. 

He is a keen DIYer with over 20 years of experience in transforming and renovating the many homes he has lived in. He specialises in painting and decorating, but has a wide range of skills gleaned from working in the building trade for around 10 years and spending time at night school learning how to plaster and plumb.

He has fitted kitchens, tiled bathrooms and kitchens, laid many floors, built partition walls, plastered walls, plumbed in bathrooms, worked on loft conversions and much more. And when he's not sure how to tackle a DIY project he has a wide network of friends – including plumbers, gas engineers, tilers, carpenters, painters and decorators, electricians and builders – in the trade to call upon.