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Why install crown molding? What's the big deal?

While giving the rooms in your house a long overdue fresh coat of paint is never a bad idea, crown molding is an even more impactful way to update those rooms, as it can give any room a designer look — more so than paint, an expensive leather sofa or a new dining room table.

There are many reasons to add crown molding to a room but this may be the most important. Crown molding frames the room. Homeowners often feel like they need to wallpaper or paint a bold color to make the room stand out, but crown molding does the job just as well, if not better. It also adds visual interest that takes any room from bland to breathtaking with its clean lines and multidimensional design...a subtle statement that gives any room a distinguished look.

But the benefits of crown molding aren’t just limited to giving the main rooms in your home a finished look. It also greatly enhances the resale value of your home.

For example, a breakfast nook where there’s not a whole lot of room for décor can be transformed into an artistic masterpiece with well-crafted crown molding, and it will create a stunning visual when it continues throughout the entire kitchen.

A streamlined and expensive look, like the one that crown molding allows, sends a message that the home is well cared for — which makes a big impact on potential home buyers.

Why would somebody use the EZCrown Molding System?

The short answer is ease of use and the ability to actually install crown molding, and most importantly...

TO SAVE MONEY!

Most people, even do-it-yourselfers, are unable to install crown molding due to the difficulty of the task.  It can be a hassle.  All DIY'ers have heard the horror stories about crown molding installation projects.  Most don't even try it, especially with larger size crown that require wood backing for support.

Also, you don't know if there's any consistent framing in the ceiling. Looking for studs takes a lot of time and is not always accurate. 

But, with the new and patented EZCrown Molding Installation System, you simply fasten the frame and corners to the top plate with the provided 1-1/2" self-tapping TEK screws. 

That's it!  You can easily install EZCrown in a 10x10 room in less than an hour.  

If framing is inadequate, we recommend you choose the optional drywall anchor option. (Exterior block walls and steel frame require drywall anchors.)

Once the EZCrown metal frame is secure, it's very quick and easy to hang the crown molding.

What other systems are available to help someone install crown molding?

EZCrown is the only actual crown molding installation system designed for both professionals and do-it-yourselfers (DIY).

While there are some videos available online to help you avoid the huge mistake, there are no actual systems for hanging beautiful and time-tested wood crown molding.

EZCrown is the only product that actually attaches and secures beautiful wood crown molding to the walls and to the ceiling.

What are the challenges in installing crown molding? Why is it so difficult and why does it take so much time?

Installing crown molding is a huge and time-consuming challenge, even for an experienced craftsman. Without the EZCrown system, you spend a lot of time looking for actual studs in the wall and ceiling. In fact, the ceiling framing is many times simply absent.

Using EZCrown means that you won't have to mark every single stud and ceiling joist requiring the use of a stud finder. Which takes time.

Even then, the results may not be precise as stud finders are not that accurate on studs and even less so on ceilings.

And with our EZCrown Corners, there is no need for difficult miter cuts or coping corners. You simply install your molding with a straight flat cut. 

The system includes all of the necessary hardware to install the EZCrown frame.

Frames are installed using the provided 1-1/2" self-tapping TEK screws that fasten to the top plate. Predrilling holes 1 inch from each block make the process quick and easy.  Four screws for each frame is all that is necessary.

If framing is inadequate, you can use optional drywall anchors placed in the frame's eight predrilled holes.  These anchors are available for purchase from EZCrown by choosing that option. (Exterior block walls may need drywall anchors)

For additional stability, the 4' EZCrown can be fastened to the wall studs but it is not necessary because the section will be fastened to the top plate.

Also, without EZCrown, you may only be able to secure the crown molding to the wall as there may be no ceiling studs. This means that the crown molding will be loose, causing problems later.

That's the EZCrown difference.

Using the system means that the EZCrown metal frame will be securely fastened to the wall and the ceiling prior to installing the actual crown molding.

I’m just a normal guy... a Regular Joe. Can I really install crown molding?

Yes! The system was designed for people just like you...the average homeowner.

If you can use tin snips, a measuring tape and a drill, you can install EZCrown, because installing the EZCrown frames and corners is a very quick and easy procedure.

We do have customers who buy and paint the crown molding and  install the EZCrown frames.  They then they call a carpenter and have them bid on simply securing the crown molding to the EZCrown frame.

Since a basic room would take a carpenter around an hour, most would do it on their way home from another job.

Even though you will save a significant amount of money installing the EZCrown frames and having a carpenter hang the molding, it's such an easy process, why not save even more and do it yourself?

And using EZCrown means you have a stable and secure crown molding installation that won't show gaps and need to be re-caulked every two years... AND continues to save you money.

Are you a Veteran-led business?

Yes, we are.  Our CEO and the inventor of the EZCrown Molding Installation System served his country (as did his wife) with distinction as a Commander in the U.S. Navy.

What sizes of crown molding does the EZCrown system work with?

The EZCrown frame accommodates crown molding from 5-¼ " up to 7-¼ ". The spring angle must be 45 / 45.  (The 52/38 spring angle product is coming soon.)

EZCrown corners are designed for 5-1/4" molding as that is the most popular size.  If you are hanging larger crown molding and want corners, please contact us and we will take care of you.

Do I have to buy EZCrown Corners?

Absolutely not.

You can just buy the EZCrown frames and follow the cutting and mitering directions that are included in this site.

We created EZCrown corners to make the process even simpler, more seamless, and faster for the 'Average Joe'.

How long is one EZCrown metal frame?

EZCrown comes in 4 foot (46-7/8") and 10 foot section for special orders. (Call for a quote.) As the walls in standard rooms like bedrooms are approximately 12 feet, one 10' or two 4' metal frames can do one wall. And to create smaller sizes, all you need is a pair of tin snips.

How do you fasten the crown molding to the installed EZCrown metal frame?

As the blocks on the 4 footer are ideally placed every 14 inches, you can use two small finishing nails as opposed to big nails that are harder to cover up. These small holes are then easily hidden with spackling paste.

How many people do you need to install crown molding?

Even experienced finish carpenters need two people to install crown molding...one to hold and brace the crown molding and one to fasten it to the studs.

But with the EZCrown Molding Installation System, one person can easily install crown molding.

You simply hold it in place and fasten it to the top plate with the enclosed 1 1/2" self-tapping TEK screws (How to Videos are located on our YouTube Channel). 

If you have questionable or no framing present, then optional drywall anchors can be used and placed in the EZCrown frame's predrilled holes.

Once you have fastened the EZCrown frames, crown molding can be easily nailed to the wooden blocks.  Marking below the blocks with pencil can easily guide the nail placement into the blocks.

What is a scarfed joint? How do I cope corners? Is it hard to cut crown molding?

No, but you do need to pay attention to a few things.

Basically, there are three main cuts when you hang  crown molding... miters, scarf joints, and copes.

In this video from Old House, general contractor Tom Silva shares some tricks of the trade for cutting crown molding. 

It's less than 4 minutes long and is the best and simplest we have come across.  We were going to do our own, but this presentation is so good, we felt we couldn't improve on it.

But remember, purchasing EZCrown corners means you don't have to cope corners or perform any fancy miter cuts.

 

Do I have to cope corners?

Not at all...use EZCrown corner blocks. It makes it quick and EZ.

This is a good video on how to install corner blocks.

That part starts at the 55 second mark.

You can buy corner blocks from us (EZCrown Corners)...find them on Amazon -- or buy them from Lowes, Home Depot etc.

They are readily available.

They really make the crown molding installation process easier --- especially when you combine them with the EZCrown framing system.

And they look GREAT!

Here is the video.

How much time do you think you save using the EZ Crown system as opposed to starting from scratch?

A conservative estimate would be a few hours per room but you would also need that second person. It would take an hour minimum just to mark each stud and ceiling joists where they exist.

The beauty of the EZCrown Molding Installation System is that a basic person, with basic tools, is able to do the installation themselves, and do a job that would satisfy even the most experienced carpenter.

My house has a steel frame.  Will EZCrown work for me?

Absolutely!  In fact, the process is no different.  You simply secure the EZCrown frame to the top plate using our included, self-tapping TEK screws. 

I have a condo which has concrete blocks. Can I use EZCrown?

Of course.  In fact, contractors love using EZCrown with blocks because without it, the process is extremely time consuming and frustrating.

With block, you simply attach the EZCrown frame with 3/4" tapcons (concrete screws) and a washer and guide it through our predrilled holes.

How much does the EZCrown system cost?

The base EZCrown Frames package is only $129.95 and includes all the hardware necessary for installing crown molding in a 10' by 10' room.

If you also desire our EZCrown corners that is an additional $43.95.

This is a small investment for ease of mind, predictability and for being able to actually do it  yourself.   Plus you don't have too wait on a contractor and you save BIG money too. (see below).

If you’re a contractor, that means instead of tying up 2 people on a crown molding job, you now only need 1...and since you don't need to find the studs, it saves you time and money. 

And the wood backing makes sure you have a first rate and secure installation.

As a comparison, we asked some contractors what they would charge to install crown molding in a 50'  room. We received estimates ranging from $650-1000. That's if you could find someone who could install it in your timeline.  We estimate that including the cost of the EZCrown system, the crown molding, and paint, a do-it-yourselfer could do the entire job for approximately $250.

Using EZCrown, you know your crown molding installation is done right and that you won’t have to repair it every two years, or re-caulk it because the molding moved.

Crown molding is expensive enough without having to go back and repair it.

What tools do I need to install an EZCrown metal frame?

To place the EZCrown metal frame, all you will need is:

  • drill
  • tin snips
  • measuring tape

To fasten the crown molding to the EZCrown frame:

  • finishing nails
  • hammer
  • miter saw (optional)

We've provided 1 1/2" self-tapping TEK screws for the top plate but if you have inadequate framing, we have a drywall anchor option that is just as easy to use.

That's it! You won't need any experience with crown molding, and won't even need someone to help you with installing. This is designed to be a simple, one-person process that anyone can do.

As you are working with a metal frame, work gloves and goggles are advised.

Where can I buy The EZCrown system?

Currently, it’s only available online at www.EZCrown.com. However we anticipate that you will soon be able to buy it at your favorite building materials store and are currently finalizing a relationship with Home Depot.

What is included in the EZCrown system?

Our basic EZCrown Molding Installation System package contains all you need to frame a 10 x 10 room and includes:

  • 8-4 foot EZCrown metal frames with pre-cut wooden blocks attached every 14 inches (it's also available in a of 4 frame package)
  • 32  self-tapping TEK screws

This configuration will handle the requirements of a 45-50 linear feet, depending on how far you start from the corner and how much space you put between the frames.

There are also 4-frame packages available, to make it cost efficient if your room is larger.

Both the 8 and 4 frame packages have 50lb, stud solver drywall anchor options available. Each contains 8 anchors per frame.

You also have the option of purchasing EZCrown corners to make the installation even easier.

I’ve seen problems with crown molding where there are gaps or an excessive amount of caulking. it looks horrible. Does the EZCrown system help with that?

As the size of the crown molding increases, you need more support as there is more weight on the ceiling. If the crown is securely fastened to the ceiling AND wall, you don't have to worry about the caulking around the crown loosening and opening up, creating gaps between the molding and the wall.

But, if you're using caulking as the adhesive, the expansion and contraction of the walls due to the temperature is going to create gaps.

The caulking with the EZCrown Molding Installation System is NOT the primary adhesive, it is just a filler.

The system eliminates the future problem of unseemly gaps.

My house is old and the ceilings and walls are uneven.  Will EZCrown work for me?

Yes!  Due to the patented truncated (cut off corner) design, the EZCrown frame does not engage the corner.  When the frame is screwed into the top plate the frame is sucked into the ceiling wall junction.  It is further supported by the wall and ceiling with just 4 TEK screws!

I want to put lights above my crown molding.  Can EZCrown help with that?

Absolutely!  If you are using the crown molding below the ceiling and wall juncture, EZCrown can be placed and a larger 6 ½” crown molding attached.  An electrical box can be placed between the blocks and LED lighting can illuminate the ceiling from the crown molding below.

Can I make a shelf with the EZCrown?

Using EZCrown to make a shelf is an excellent way to provide a stable backing.  Simply decide where you would like the shelf to be, place the EZCrown frame into the studs  along the top plate line and 2 inches below with 1 ½” screws.

Drywall anchors can be placed in the EZCrown frame’s lower predrilled holes.

Use a larger crown, like 5 ½” or 6 ½” with a 45° spring angle. 

Place the crown by nailing to the blocks on the frame with mitered returns to the wall. The shelf can be placed over the top of the crown molding with a small ledger, if necessary, on the wall. 

 

Where is EZCrown manufactured? Is it an American product?

Yes.  We get all of the components from American suppliers and manufacture each EZCrown frame in Volusia County, Florida.

What’s the design story of EZCrown?

The inventor of EZCrown is a dentist who holds patents for a variety of items. He is also an avid 'do-it-yourselfer'.

He was also a Commander in the U.S. Navy.

He decided to have crown molding installed in his own house. After receiving quotes of $11,000+ unpainted, he decided to undertake the crown molding installation himself. 

He had heard the horror stories regarding crown molding installation, but figured 'how bad could it be'?

His house is a very unique house, as it has dormers and such, and in many cases no standard framing. And where he did have framing, it was inconsistent as it ran from 16-24 inches. He tried a myriad of ways to systematically install the molding including using blocks as an interface.

Even though he has more experience than most in building and fixing things around the house, his frustration level grew.

And that's when the EZCrown idea hit him!

Why place one block at a time, trying to find the framing? If blocks were already attached to a metal frame, you could just fasten it to the top plate (the horizontal beam, which every structure has), and then hang the crown molding on that.

To read a more in depth version of this story, you can visit our DIY blog by clicking here .

Directions for the installation of the 4' EZCrown frames (without EZCrown corners)

Download File (Directions to Install 4 foot EZCrown Frame)

 

  1. Face your first wall.  (It does not matter which wall, you will continue counterclockwise from the first wall.) This wall will have the crown molding coped into the right corner. While facing the wall, measure a minimum of 6” to a maximum of 16" from the right corner of the wall and make a vertical pencil mark 3 inches long from the ceiling.

  2. Raise the EZCrown frame with your left hand and hold it tight to the ceiling wall interface. Line up the frame with the pencil mark, and drive the enclosed self-tapping screws to fasten the EZCrown frame to the top plate framing. Start 3/4" to the left of the first block on the right-hand side of the frame. Place all the remaining screws 3/4" from the left side of the remaining blocks.  If the self-tapping screws will not drive past the drywall, stop and try and drive the screw on the other side of the block. It is possible that you have encountered a metal plate protector found over electrical wiring or plumbing.

  3. Optional drywall anchors can be used when no or inadequate framing exists.  Simply drive the drywall anchors into the predrilled holes in the EZCrown frame.

  4. You are now ready to place your second  EZCrown frame. Place the frame 12" from the existing frame. Fasten all the top plate screws.

  5. Continue placing the EZCrown frames until you are at the most 14" from the left corner.  You may need to cut the frame with tin snips. Try to have the last block within 16” from the corner.

  6. Secure the EZCrown metal frames to the remaining walls.

  7. Mark all block locations with a vertical pencil line.

  8. Secure the crown molding to the EZCrown frame by hammering small finishing nails into the marked EZCrown block locations.

Tips

  • You may find it helpful to use a ⅛” drill bit to predrill the top plate area on the EZCrown frame. Drill the ⅛” hole on the lower bend of the EZCrown frame, ¾” to the left of each block.

  • If drywall anchors are required, you may find it easier to insert the anchors by pre-drilling the holes into the wall and ceiling. It is easy to hold the frame up and mark all the ⅜” drywall holes. EZCrown recommends using a ⅛” drill bit. The drywall anchors are more easily placed into the drilled guide hole.

  • EZCrown recommends that you wear gloves and eye protection when installing the product as it is in part, made with sheet metal

Directions for the installation of the 4' EZCrown frames (with EZCrown corners)

Download File (Directions to Install 4-foot EZCrown Frame with EZCrown Corners)

 

  1. Remove all the EZCrown corners from the packaging and orient them into the corners of the room while holding them against the ceiling. While holding the corner in the proper position use a hex driver to secure the enclosed self tapping screws on both sides through the right angle bracket to the top plate.  If no wood was present remove the self tapping screws and place the enclosed metal drywall anchor in the hole made by the self tapping screw.. Position the EZCrown Corner and secure with the 2 included #8 Screws through the bracket into the drywall anchor. Complete all the corners prior to securing the EZCrown frames.  

  2. Mark the wall using a pencil 12” from the nailing block on each side of the EZCorner. Raise the EZCrown frame with your left hand and hold it tight to the ceiling wall interface. Line up the frame with the pencil mark, and drive the enclosed self-tapping screws to fasten the EZCrown frame to the top plate framing. Start 3/4" to the left of the first block on the right-hand side of the frame ( I prefer to predrill the ⅛” holes prior to securing the frames with the self tapping screws).  Place all the remaining screws 3/4" from the left side of the remaining blocks. If the self-tapping screws will not drive past the drywall, stop and try and drive the screw on the other side of the block. It is possible that you have encountered a metal plate protector found over electrical wiring or plumbing.

  3. Optional drywall anchors can be used when no or inadequate framing exists.  Simply drive the drywall anchors into the predrilled holes in the EZCrown frame.

  4. You are now ready to place your second EZCrown frame. Place the frame 12" from the existing frame. Fasten all the top plate screws.

  5. Continue placing the EZCrown frames until you are at  most 12" from the pencil mark previously placed on either side of the EZCorner.  You may need to cut the frame with tin snips. The frame should line up with the previous pencil mark placed 12” from the secured EZCorner. 

  6. Secure the EZCrown metal frames to the remaining walls.

  7. Mark all block locations with a vertical pencil line.

  8. Secure the crown molding to the EZCrown frame by hammering small finishing nails into the marked EZCrown block locations.

Tips

  • You may find it helpful to use a ⅛” drill bit to predrill the top plate area on the EZCrown frame. Drill the ⅛” hole on the lower bend of the EZCrown frame, ¾” to the left of each block.

  • If drywall anchors are required, you may find it easier to insert the anchors by pre-drilling the holes into the wall and ceiling. It is easy to hold the frame up and mark all the ⅜” drywall holes. EZCrown recommends using a ⅛” drill bit. The drywall anchors are more easily placed into the drilled guide hole.

  • EZCrown recommends that you wear gloves and eye protection when installing the product as it is in part, made with sheet metal