Window Trim in Your Home


Nothing says finishing touch as well as installing window trim.  Finish trim around your window gives the whole room a completed look.  So it should be no surprise that there are various window trim styles and kits to choose from.  Do you want a simple mitered joint to frame your window?  Or perhaps some corner blocks to give your window some body.  Maybe a head casing is your style.

To eliminate any confusion,  I would like to take this moment to clarify a few terms.  Window trim is a vague term used to describe the finished trim around a window.  Parts of trim can include molding, casing,  corner blocks, a cap, a stool, and an apron.  In other words, all casing, molding, etc. is trim, however not all trim is casing, molding, etc..

The stool and apron would be at the bottom of your window.  The stool is the little shelf that is sometimes at the bottom of  a window and forms the sill, while the apron is directly below the stool and functions both as support and to cover seams between the drywall and the stool.

The head casing will be at the top of the window, below the cap.  A little crown molding around the cap can bring a lot of style.The legs or side casing are located on either side of the window.

There are a few different window trim styles that you should consider.  There are complete casings, which are normally decorative that surrounds all four sides of the window. Low-profile casing lays flat against the window on four sides and is normally very simple.   High-profile casing is usually raised from the wall and very decorative.  It may have carvings or ornamental designs.  Modern casing is commonly a single piece of thin trim at the bottom of the window to hide the seam.  Finally, traditional casing uses a piece at the bottom of the window called a stool that extends out to form a small shelf like feature.  Underneath the stool is an apron,  which is used to support the stool.



Depending on which style you choose, there are various window trim kits to make installation a piece of cake.  These kits will normally include all the trim pieces pre-cut and mitered (cut at appropriate angles for a tight fit), corner blocks (if that’s the style you pick), an installation guide, and a list of tools you will need (usually a drill, hammer, and finish nails).

You can find window trim, kits, and different styles at any home improvement store along with all the tools and hardware that you would need.  If you are not the do-it-yourself type,  installing window trim is something any hired handyman or carpenter should be able to at an affordable cost.

Hopefully you will have found this information helpful in choosing the right window trim to match the style of your house.