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A pencil round architrave is a trim used for doors or windows that has a rounded shape similar to a pencil. It is usually made of MDF or wood and is employed for both functional and decorative purposes to frame the edges of doors or windows. The term "pencil round" refers to the rounded shape of the architrave, which is smooth and curved, without any sharp edges or corners. The rounded profile can create a softer and more contemporary look compared to other types of architraves with more intricate profiles.

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What Are Pencil Architraves? 

Pencil round architrave features a soft-sloping rounded edge and gets its name from the fact that its profile is similar in shape to a pencil.


The rounded shape of the pencil round architrave can also help prevent sharp edges from chipping or catching, making it a practical choice for areas with high traffic, such as doors and windows.


Pencil round architraves are often used in modern or minimalist interior design styles, where clean lines and simple shapes are desired. They can be painted or stained to match the colour of the walls or other elements in the room.


For some of the deeper carved profiles, it may be necessary to carry out a light sanding and undercoat before applying a finishing coat and painting.

Pencil Architrave Key Features & Benefits

Here at Materials Market, we exclusively sell moisture-resistant MDF pencil architrave. 

Its benefits and key features are as follows: 

  • Adds the finishing touch to a door frame
  • Manufactured from high-quality long-lasting MDF - no natural defects seen in natural timber
  • Water-based primer is applied in a vacuum coater to attain complete coverage across the board
  • Sourced from environmentally responsible suppliers 
  • Shields door frames from impact and jolts
  • Conceals subpar plastering


For our full range of MDF architrave and skirting board products, please refer to our
Architrave & Skirting category page


If your project list calls for matching skirting boards, we also stock
pencil skirting boards.

Pencil Round Architrave Priming

A primed architrave refers to an architrave that has been pre-coated with a primer or base coat of paint. Primed products tend to receive two coats of good quality primer/basecoat.

Not only do these priming coats save you time and energy but they also as a protective layer, helping to seal the surface and protect the skirting board from moisture, dust, and other environmental factors. 

This process can enhance the durability and longevity of the architrave, making it more resistant to wear and tear over time.

Finished Size Meaning 

In the context of architraves, the term "finished size" typically refers to the final dimensions or measurements of an architrave after it has been cut, shaped, and prepared for installation.

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