Installing Baseboard Trim

When you finish the installation of your flooring, the baseboard trim finishes off the look of your floor. Baseboard trim comes in a wide range of different styles, widths, and designs. Baseboards also protect the walls from bumping. Common bumping occurs with a vacuum, a mop, or with kids who are rolling around the floor with their wheeled toys.

Measure Room
In order to determine how much baseboard trim you will need, you must measure the lengths of each wall. Purchase your trim from the home center, but keep the lengths down to 12 feet of less. Anything longer than this is more susceptible to warping.

Cut Shims for Carpeting
If you are going to be laying down a carpeted floor, then leave at least 1/4 inch space between the trim and the floor. Cut out shims to place under the baseboard trim so you know exactly how far to keep the wood up.

Dry Fit

Lay the baseboard trim up against the wall before making any cuts. When you know how long to cut each piece, then use a mitre saw to make the cuts. All seams should have 45 degree cuts so the wood overlaps instead of butts up against each other.

Nail To Wall

To finish the installation, simply nail the baseboard trim to the wall using finish nails and an air nailer. Finish the baseboard trim with stain or paint.