How high to put baseboard trim?

Old 03-09-06, 03:44 PM
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How high to put baseboard trim?

I'm finishing my basement so I have all bare, drywall walls. When I put the base molding on, is there a "standard hight" above the concrete floor to place it? I'll be putting carpet in most of the rooms but I have no idea what the combined pad and carpet height will be.

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3/8 of an inch is a good height above the floor.
Old 03-09-06, 04:40 PM
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I agree with bigmtk, but I've heard that most carpet layers like it to be exactly 1/2". I'm always worried it will be too high in the event that you get low carpeting.
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I usually cut at least 3 or 4 scraps of base molding and use that as a step for the base molding to rest on. Check it for levelness as you go along, however. Base molding is meant to bend in the direction of the wall, while 1/4 round will bend with the floor, should you entertain installing linoleum or wood floors. All the carpet layers need is a space to tuck the carpet after it goes over the tack strip. It will have nothing to do with the padding, since it is cut short of the tack strip. Most base is 1/2" wide, so I guess 1/2" is the magic number.

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