Thresholds play a small, but important, role in your home. Make sure you choose the right one with the help of our expert guide!

January 26, 2019

You know you have the right threshold when you don't notice it at all. A threshold is supposed to smooth the transition between rooms, making your home visibly seamless. It can fix a height difference in flooring or transition your living room carpet to the hardwood-floors in the kitchen. When remodeling, you can find thresholds at home centers and lumberyards. Take a look below at the different kinds of thresholds and when to use them. Having a well thought-out plan will be beneficial as you work.

Even Threshold

A threshold provides a visual and mechanical transition between one type of floor and another. The threshold shown is curved; you can also purchase a flatter version.

Height Change Threshold

When the carpet meets a raised floor, such as a thick tile floor, use a threshold that screws down through the carpet and angles to provide a smooth transition.

Wedge Threshold

Like the height change threshold, this threshold connects flooring materials of two different heights.

Metal Carpet Edging

This transition joins carpet to an existing floor. Nail the edging to the floor and stretch the carpet over the barbs. For a snug fit, tap down the curved edge.

Marble Threshold

An alternative option is to butt the carpet against the hard surface flooring and place a marble threshold over the edge. A special adhesive attaches the marble.

Faux-Stone Threshold

Like the marble threshold, the faux-stone threshold provides another option for butting carpet against hard-surface flooring.

Square-Nose Reducer

This wood molding covers the carpet and butts against a wood floor. Nail the piece to the subfloor.


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