Baseboard molding provides a visual and physical connection between walls and adjacent flooring, door and window casings, and a home's architectural style. We share everything you need to know when choosing and installing baseboard trim.
Baseboard moldings—one of the room's last finishing trims to be applied—are meant to fill gaps between wallboard and floors, protect walls against vacuum dings and furniture scrapes, and form a pleasingly cohesive perimeter. Baseboards meet up with door casings and anchor architectural wall treatments such as paneled wainscoting.
Added after the walls are painted, the floors are laid, and the cabinets are installed, baseboard moldings play an important role in how a room looks and feels. Thoughtfully chosen baseboard moldings—whether selected as part of a remodeling project or a newly constructed home—go a long way toward establishing and underscoring design styles that range from streamlined modern and ornately old-world to substantially traditional.
Happily, installing baseboard molding is a job that can be easily tackled by anyone who is comfortable wielding power tools, is able to make a few specialized saw cuts, and has a knack for accurate measurements. If you think you're not up to the task, ask your friends or local building associations to recommend a reliable contractor who can be trusted to install the baseboards in a timely and professional manner. If you decide to go the contractor route, obtain multiple bids for comparison's sake. Ask for references, and check in with the contractor's previous clients.