Installing Baseboard Trim Tip

Baseboard trim Installation – Consider Carpet First

By Mark J. Donovan

One thing a DIY homeowner should consider when installing Baseboard trim in a new room is what the finished flooring material will be. If carpet is expected to be the finished surface, then the Baseboard trim installation should be such that it is installed ¼” off the base floor first.

To do this, simply cut several shims ¼” in height and rest the Baseboard trim on it prior to nailing. Once the Baseboard trim is installed and secured to the wall remove the shims.

Raising the Baseboard trim is done for a couple of reasons. First, and especially with 4” or narrower Baseboard trim, you want the finished baseboard trim to get full exposure. Carpeting, including the pad, stands as high as ½” to 1” in height.

Second, the ¼” space allows the carpet to be tucked under the trim by the carpet installer. This helps keep the carpet secured to the tack strips as well as gives a clean and finished look to the Carpet.

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