Skirting boards can spruce up your home’s interior, giving it an entirely different aesthetic. Yes, they provide beauty to the interior of a room, but its main function is actually to protect the bottom half of your wall against damages.
Over the years, designers have created a wide array of different designs ranging in size, color, and texture. Check out these gorgeous skirting board (also known as baseboard) interior designs: https://www.pinterest.com.au/zaral81/skirting-boards/
If you are considering installing baseboards in your home then there are a few factors you have to think about.
Surely, not all skirting heights will fit into your home. You have to be sure of your measurements before purchasing or ordering. Height measurements will depend on a few different things; are you replacing existing skirting boards or are you installing new ones on a blank canvas?
Anyone who is starting on a newly plastered wall can choose any height of their choice. Whereas others might be restricted because of other obstacles like plug sockets or radiator pipes.
Height sizes usually vary between:
- 70mm to 95mm (best for homes where there are obstacles like radiators and plugs on the walls)
- 120mm to 170 mm (usually installed in newly built homes to keep costs down, also a height that is most common in suburban homes)
- 195mm to 220 mm (taller skirtings are typically found in homes with specifically styled designs that feature a vintage era)
- 250mm and higher (commonly used in homes with tall ceilings and large rooms)
If you want to match the current skirting, you should purchase skirting boards online of the same thickness. It’s recommended that homeowners opt for a thickness of about 18mm. Thin skirting boards can be as wide as 15mm and adds a subtle eloquence to a wall.
The thinner the boards, the lighter in weight they’ll also be, making handling and installation a breeze.
For those homeowners who would like to add thicker boards, widths of as much as 25mm is available.
It’s important to note that the width and height of the boards you choose will ultimately affect the overall look of a room. Keep this in mind when pre-designing the space’s layout.
Most skirting board companies have two lengths available; 3.05 meters and 4.2 meters. When the length of the boards is longer than the actual room size, it won’t be a train smash. The installer can cut the product to the desired length for easy installation.
Longer boards are the perfect choice for longer and bigger rooms, while shorter units are best to maneuver in smaller spaces. Overall, it’s important to measure correctly before cutting any parts off. Follow this guide on how to measure and cut a skirting board.
When you order a board that has been rebated, you will receive a product with a small gap at the back. A small part, situated at the back of the board, will be removed to create an opening. This opening will not be seen by the naked eye and is perfect to hide wires and cables that run against the wall.
Customers can request rebates of specific sizes from manufacturers.
To give your room a special flare you can decide between an undercoat, primed or unprimed finish.
Unprimed products haven’t been treated at all. It’s basically a raw cut wood that allows you the opportunity to treat it with primer, sand it, and prepare it for any further treatment.
Primed products have a single layer of primer. The primer usually consists of one coat water-based primer and has to be sanded by the owner, before applying an undercoat.
An undercoated option is basically ready to be installed. The boards are sanded, primed, sanded again, and then coated with a smooth finish. Undercoated skirting boards provide a canvas on which the homeowner can paint their desired color.
Experts recommend that homeowners invest in either primed or undercoated finish as it will save a lot of time when adding final touches.
Choosing skirting can be an exciting adventure for homeowners. Consulting professionals when choosing the best options are highly recommended in making the right choices.