Your guide to skirting boards or baseboards in your home.


Skirting Boards

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Skirting Board Names vary throughout the world. Ultimately the style you choose is your own. When constructing your house, be sure to choose a baseboard which is not dominated by the height of the room, as this will look out of proportion. Conversely an extremely ornate and large skirtingboard will only look good in an ornate environment with complementing architraves and cornices.

TIP: Some of the larger skirting boards simply are not available any more, so a neat trick is to stack an ornate architrave or smaller skirting on top of a dressed rectangular timber of similar thickness...Done.

Alternatively you can get a timber joinery or skilled carpenter to machine any profile you want.

Baseboard styles are as varied as the houses they adorn. Period style skirting boards tended to be very ornate and elaborate. They look great with appropriate colours, wallcoverings and furnishings, but can be laborious to paint and keep clean.

Modern skirting boards are sleek, simple and elegant. Some architcts and designers even specify simple aluminium strips or angles as baseboards. Alternatively a shadow-line effect is achieved by a plastic moulding and the skilled hands of a plasterer.

Below is a gallery of skirtingboard / baseboard styles and ideas.


Period style skirtingboards. Now thats a statement!

 high skirting baseboard


A plinth block can be used to facilitate the join between skirting and architrave.

 baseboard plinth block


Baseboard external corner treatment using a "soldier". Sorry about the fuzzy photo, is was taken oon my camera phone.

baseboard soldier external


Elaborate skirting boards with painted moulding or quad.

baseboard on timber floor


Baseboards with moulding. This is done when Timber floors have been retrofitted.

baseboard with quad




Half splayed skirting board (during installation, which shows a wedge used to keep height correct and a profiled corner join).

half splay skirting board