Although it's located at the bottom of a wall, baseboards can take the beauty of a room to new heights. Also known as skirting board or kick board, baseboard trim covers the joint where a wall meets the floor. Available in many styles, baseboard is manufactured in several different materials.
While baseboard protects the lower part of the wall from scuffs and kicks (hence the name "kick board"), it also provides a decorative element that gives a room a finished look.
Baseboard styles range from simple and linear to elegant and embossed. Straight-cut baseboard, available in varying widths, is the least expensive. Baseboards also are available in styles that feature embossed patterns, intricately carved details and stacked designs that use two or more baseboards together.
Baseboards are generally constructed of plastic, wood or wood composite. While all three materials can be installed in any room, plastic baseboard is often recommended for use in bathrooms because it doesn't absorb moisture.
You can stain or paint baseboards depending on which type of baseboard material you choose. Some baseboards come finished, usually in white. If you're planning to finish a baseboard yourself, staining or painting the boards before attaching them to the wall can make the finishing process quicker and easier.
Regardless of style, baseboards can be attached to a wall using either nails or glue. When using nails, make sure they penetrate the wall studs to ensure the baseboard is attached securely in all areas.
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