Baseboard molding, or baseboard trim as it is sometimes referred to, is traditionally piece of fine wood material that is used to tidy up and finish the area where the flooring meets the wall. It comes in a variety of materials including natural wood, composite wood, plastic, rubber, and even china. It is available in many profiles and sizes to blend in with the style, size, and design of the room into which it is to be installed.
The concept of a baseboard trim is to add functionality and elegance to any room. Its functionality comes from the fact that it is there to protect the wall from kicks, scuffs, and scratches that can be incurred through day-to-day life, and moving around the furniture. Its elegance is imparted by the fact that it has adds clean, finishing touch to what can otherwise be an untidy finish between the wall the floor.
Baseboard trim is relatively easy to install, however, depending on the actual material you choose, you can make life slightly more difficult or easier. Wood or composite wood is undoubtedly the most flexible of materials to work with. For those difficult to get to places, such as inside corners, outside corners, and navigating around fireplaces and grills or ducts, you'll find that wood is easier to cut to any particular profile.
The tools you will need to install a baseboard moulding include: a tape measure, a pencil, a hammer, an ordinary saw, and a good miter saw. When you measure the perimeter of the room, it is always a good idea to allow a little extra, (say 15%) just to make up for those little errors and to give you a little bit of practice as well.
You'll find the miter saw absolutely essential for cutting the angles for both internal and external corners. Once you've you've measured and cut your baseboard trim, carefully position it in place (it's always better to start at, and work away from, the corners), and fix it in position. You can either use the fast and lazy method of employing a nail gun, or drill small pilot holes into the molding through which you can then tack some small tack nails. To finish off, simply countersink the hole and then fill it with a little putty or filler which can then be painted over.
Some people like to go the "belt and braces" route by using an adhesive as well as nails. Whilst there is nothing wrong with this particular approach, (if you use an adhesive that allows you a degree of slide-ability it can even be helpful), it can create problems at a later stage if you ever need to remove the baseboard trim.
Installing a carefully chosen baseboard moulding not only defines the edges of the flooring and the wall, but it helps to cover any unsightly gaps that can occur when the floor is uneven, and it also helps to give any room a professional and clean looking finish. Natural wood is a beautiful material to work with, and its awesome color and grain can be emphasized with wax, stain, or varnish, according to your own particular taste and the effect that you are trying to achieve.
You'll find an enormous variety of baseboard trim available from the various DIY and builders merchants stores. The easiest and most convenient way of checking out just whats around is to get onto the Internet and carry out an online search. You find youll be spoilt for choice!