How to Install a Skirting Board

A skirting board, also known as a baseboard, is the strip of molding at the bottom of the wall that covers the portion of the wall that connects it to the floor. The main purpose of the skirting board is for aesthetics, and to protect the lower portion of the wall from damage. There are different designs and colors available, depending on the theme of your house. It can be a simple baseboard with a single color, or multi-textured wood with elaborate details.

Materials

  • Skirting Boards
  • Miter Saw
  • Tape Measure
  • Hammer
  • Nail Set
  • Wood Files
  • Caulk

Step 1: Preparations

Get the total perimeter length of the room that you wish to install the skirting board to. Use the tape measure to accomplish this and make sure that you make accurate measurements of each wall. By doing this, you will know how much skirting board you will need to purchase. Buy a little extra, just in case you make some mistakes in the cuts. Sand, prime and paint the baseboards to your desired color.

Step 2: Fitting the Boards

Get the length of the longest wall and cut the appropriate skirting board, but give it a little allowance. Use the miter saw to cut the corner end and cut the baseboard at a 45-degree angle. Try and fit the baseboard and make the necessary adjustments by cutting and trimming. If 1 board is too short to cover the entire length of the wall, you may join 2 boards together. You need to cut them at 45-degree angles and join them at those points.

Step 3: Cut Other Side of Baseboard

Now that you’ve cut the corner portion of the baseboard, it’s time to do the other end. The outer corner should be a little longer than the length of the wall as stated in Step 2. This is to give allowance to the 45-degree angle that you have to cut for the outer corner. Use the miter saw again to accomplish this. Cut the corner little by little, until it is the exact length as compared to the corner. Also, when it is almost perfect, use wood files to make the smaller adjustments. Use them like any other file, rubbing on the specific area of the wood to further refine the measurements. Since this end is a bit longer, this gives you space to work it by cutting and filing.

Step 4: Fasten Board to the Wall

Nail the board to the wall studs, using a nail set. Hit the small metal tool with your hammer and use it to hit the head of the nail to drive it in. This prevents damage to the wood and its finish. Nail the skirting board at even points, to make sure that it is fastened properly and that it is secure.

Step 5: Finishing

Now that the baseboard has been fastened, do the same process with the other sides of the room. Be sure to test fit the baseboards first, aligning them to the first one that you installed. Cut, sand, and trim as necessary, in order to get that perfect fit. Once you have finished installing all of them, caulk the top portion in order to fill up the gaps caused by walls that are not even. Cover the nail holes as well. Clean the excess caulk and let it settle. After all of this, paint the skirting boards any color you wish, depending on the theme of your house.