How to Install Shoe Molding How to Install Shoe Molding

What You'll Need
Strip of wood or plastic
Tool box

A shoe molding is much important than most of us think. All of us take extra pride in our house. We want our house to look the best and be a reflection of our overall personality. A lot goes into making a perfect house. There are small things that add the perfect touch to your house. More than often, there is a gap left between the walls and the floorboards. This gap looks hideous and attracts dirt. In short, your otherwise expensive flooring gets marred thanks to this gap. This gap can be well concealed with the help of shoe molding. Shoe Molding ensures that all gaps between the wall and the floor panels are camouflaged. Moreover, these base or shoe moldings also protect the flooring and baseboard from being damaged while vacuuming. The best part about these shoe moldings are, that one can do them by themselves. 

Step One: Painting the Baseboard

Ensure that your baseboard is in proper shape. If it needs a coat of paint, then now is the right time to do so. Paint it and ensure that all the screws are in place giving it a tight fit.

Step Two: Measuring the Area

Measure the area where you need to fit in the shoe molding. Use a pencil to make markings. Ensure that you measure both the height as well as the length of the shoe board. Use a tape to measure it. Once the tape is marked, use the measurement to cut the shoe mold.

Step Three: Cutting the Mold

The easiest and best way to cut shoe molds is to place the tape on top of the shoe mold and then cut them as per measurement. Ensure while cutting, that the rough edges are smoothed out.

Step Four: Ensuring the Corners are Fine

The most challenging part about installing a shoe mold is to do the corners. For this the best method is as follows. There are mainly two kinds of corners- Outside Corner and Inside corner. In case of an outside corner, ensure that you cut the shoe mold in an angle of 45 degrees and make the two strips meet at the corner. In case of an inside corner the method is slightly laborious. Place a strip of shoe mold on one side of the corner. On the other side place one with a 45 degree cut. The second strip should be slightly curved and it would slide over the first strip. Once both meet, cut the remaining with the help of a small saw. This will ensure that no gaps are left between these two strips.

Step Five: Placing Long Strips

While covering long stretch of gap between the baseboard and the floor panels, one simply needs to cut long strips at a 45 degree angle and place them in that gap.

Step Six: Adjusting the Molds

Using the technique explained in step three and four start with one corner of the room and go through the entire stretch. You can either opt for plastic or wood shoe molds. Whichever you choose, they have to be nailed to ensure they stay in place. Ensure that you are not nailing the hallow area but the baseboard.

Step Six: Coloring the Shoe Mold

Color the shoe mold as per your room’s color scheme.

Expert tip:

You can go with a plastic strip for shoe mold and get it wood colored to get a wooden affect.

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