This eared architrave (also called a shouldered architrave) is the same as DOOR TRIM-103, but is half the width to fit on smaller doors.
I thought it deserved its own pattern number and page, so here are some details and a few pictures of the installed version in our kitchen.
This is part of Our Kitchen Molding Makeover series.]
How to Install an Eared Architrave Series
1. How to Make an Eared Architrave Part 1: Materials inventory & prices and how to make the plinth blocks.
2. How to Make an Eared Architrave Part 2: Layout and how to cut and put all 18 of the pieces together.
3. How to Paint an Eared Architrave: I used this sequence to illustrate our main How to Paint Moldings page.
Molding & Millwork Inventory to Make this Door Surround
Half Bathroom Door
The ceiling is low over our half bathroom door to accommodate the AC/Heat ducting, so there was no room to do the full installation.
What I did instead is called a molding dissolve (read about molding dissolves here), and it’s a perfectly acceptable way of dealing with this kind of limitation.
Laundry Room Door
The laundry room door had two limiting factors that caused me to make adjustments to the scriber molding:
- The air vent over the door
- The refrigerator door clearance
Below All I needed was about 1/2″ less total molding width so the fridge door would clear the plinth block on the right side.
To reduce the total width I simply omitted the scriber except at the ear portion of the architrave.
Below This simple plinth block gives the architrave a solid foundation to rest on and eases the transition between the large, ogee baseboard and the architrave molding.
The installation sequence for these two door surrounds is the same as DOOR TRIM-103. The links to those installations are below.
- Our Molding Makeover See what all the fuss is about in our small, Tucson townhouse!