How to Install a Skirting Board  

Just as the right shade of lipstick can transform a look from fawn to vixen, skirting boards have that ability to turn any kind of room from a plain box to a space worth showcasing. While the process itself may not be as simple as it looks, the right materials and instructions should guide you in making sure those boards are installed by the end of the day.

1. Obtain the measurements.

Never leave the house to shop for baseboards without taking accurate measurements of the room that need to be fitted with these moldings, otherwise, you’ll find yourself possibly going back and forth between your home and the local home store. Take the measurements of each wall – typically taken by square foot – and note them down in detail.

2. Gather the materials.

Moldings come in different style and profiles, and vary by length, thickness, and material. Take some time to determine which type of material you’d prefer and whether you’d like it painted or varnished. All these need to be taken into consideration when purchasing the skirting boards that will be used. Try not to purchase boards that exceed more than 12 feet in length as these longer boards tend to warp while attached to the wall.

3. Splice and cut off as needed.

Once you have all the materials necessary, proceed to fit the baseboards to your walls, and splice or cut off excess lengths as needed. As much as possible, the boards that you shopped for ought to properly fit into the wall spaces, unless you have wider walls, in which case splicing would most definitely be needed.

4. Install baseboards.

Depending on the molding’s thickness, pre-drilling holes may need to be done. Lay the skirting boards on the wall carefully, and attach with finish nails. Rather than setting them end to end, create a seamless look by cutting off each ends of each board to a 45 degree-angle, making them perfectly fit each other on the corners of the room.

5. Paint or varnish as preferred.

Depending on your design and preference, paint or varnish your baseboard as pre-planned. If you initially intended to cover it up with paint, it would be more cost-effective to get baseboards that were made out of cheaper but still sturdy materials such as MDF.

Correct measurements and careful installation are the keys to a successful installation of skirting boards profiles. Try to layer different styles or profiles of these boards to create a look that is customized to suit your preferences and style.