Baseboards before or after laying carpet?

Old 06-26-02, 12:54 PM
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Baseboards before or after laying carpet?

I am finishing my basement and I'm getting to the carpet stage.

I was wondering if I should put the Baseboards on the wall before I lay the carpet, or after?

I figured it would be easier before, because I wouldn't have to press down against the carpet to get it even. But, will this cause a problem for the carpeters. What is the standard gap to leave between the base board and the floor?

ANy help would be appreciated.


Old 06-27-02, 04:03 PM
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It is best to install the baseboards first. What happens when the carpet needs to be replaced for some reason? The baseboards would have to come off to remove the carpet.

Leave a gap between the floor and baseboard, the thickness of the carpet pile height. Usually 3/8 to 1/2 inch.

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