How to Estimate Base Trim for a House


Baseboard is a type of trim that finishes off, or covers the joint between the wall and floor. It covers the rough edges where flooring materials meet the wall and adds a protective barrier to shield the wall from furniture, kicks, and abrasion. The most common material used for baseboard is wood followed by flexible plastic or rubber. There various styles and widths of baseboard to choose from with some applications using decorative trim pieces to dress up its appearance.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Note pad
  • Calculator
  • Start with one room and work your way through the rest of the house.

  • Measure the distance between each wall at floor level and write the measurement down using a pencil and note pad. Do not forget to measure any closets or entries.

  • Add up the measurements for each room using a calculator. Now add 5 percent to this total for waste during installation. The sum is the amount of linear feet, or board feet needed to complete the project.

Tips & Warnings

  • Subtract areas that fall behind kitchen and bathroom cabinets to save money in material costs.
  • Add a coat of primer and paint before installing to make it easier to paint after installation.
  • Do not store baseboard in damp areas as it can warp or come apart if using finger-jointed base.

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