Do you cringe when you think about installing those corner baseboards and skirting boards? Does the thought of using a tape measure, marking, cutting and nailing make your heart sink? If that sounds like you, don’t worry.
Installing these home trim details doesn’t have to be stressful or frightening! If you’re new to home improvement and space is tight in your rental unit, skirting boards and baseboards might seem like an impossible task.
What Are Skirting Boards And Baseboards?
Skirting boards and corner baseboards are the trim that frames out the edge of the wall. They add a touch of sophistication to any room and they are a necessary component when finishing your walls. Skirting boards cover the wall where it meets your flooring, while baseboards cover where your wall meets the door frame or window sill.
A lot of people believe that installing skirting boards and baseboards is a vain task which should be left to professionals. However, you can install them yourself with these easy steps:
- Measure your doorways or windowsills to calculate how much skirting board you need.
- Use an electric saw to cut out your skirting boards.
- Nail one side of your skirting board to the wall using nails and then use a level to make sure it’s straight.
- Nail in all four sides so it’s secure against the wall.
- If you want to place a baseboard, measure in from the bottom of the doorway or window sill at least 3 inches (depending on what type of baseboard you have) and nail that down too!
Why Install Trim?
Trim is used to cover the gaps between the wall and the floor, around your doors and windows, and to finish off any other imperfections in your drywall. Installing trim is an easy way to make your home more appealing.
Not only does it cover up imperfections on the walls and create a neat appearance, but it also can be used as a hiding place for electrical cords. In addition to providing aesthetics, trim has practical uses as well.
Although installing skirting boards or trim can seem intimidating at first sight, they are not impossible tasks. The most important thing when installing these pieces of home decor is to measure twice and cut once!
Skirting Board Options
There are so many different options when it comes to skirting boards and baseboards. You can choose between PVC, wood, or vinyl. All three options are easy to install, but each offers its own set of pros and cons.
For example, vinyl is more affordable than wood, but it’s less durable than PVC. Wooden skirting boards would be a good choice if you want a more natural look that blends in with the rest of your home’s decor. Whatever you choose for your home’s trim detail, remember that installation should be quick and painless! In the end, you’ll have a polished look that will elevate the style of your space.
Baseboard is the trim at the bottom of your wall and just above the floor. There are a few baseboard options to choose from at your local home improvement store. You can choose a board that is wide or narrow, has a bevelled edge, or is capped with a moulding cap.