When you redo the floor in a room, one of the most vital parts of the project is adding base molding as a finishing touch. Base molding not only serves as a beautifier, but also helps hide minor imperfections such as gaps, uneven wall protrusions, and corners that are out of square. Let’s take a look at how to install base molding for laminate floors.
Tools and Materials
- stud finder
- miter saw
- finish nailer
- furniture touch-up marker
- tape measure
- caulk (optional)
- paint (optional)
Base molding is typically nailed or glued into place. To nail the baseboards, first use your stud finder to locate the wall studs, and then mark the locations with your pencil. To glue the baseboards, be sure to use strong adhesive that is rated for wood and drywall.
Use your finish nailer to attach the base molding at the marked wall stud locations. If using an adhesive, you can disregard stud locations and simply apply the glue as needed.
The process is easier if you use longer pieces rather than shorter ones. If short pieces are required, cut the molding at a 45-degree angle with your miter saw prior to installation.
Use the furniture touch-up marker on the nail holes and seams for a more polished look.
Fill any remaining gaps between the base molding and wall with caulk, and then paint the area after the caulk dries.
You don’t have to hire an expensive trim carpenter to install base molding to go with your new laminate flooring. Instead, you can get nearly the same results for a fraction of the cost by tackling the project on your own. Just follow the above steps provided by bestlaminate.com and enjoy the fruits of your labor!
Have you installed your own baseboards? Tell us about your experience or share your tips with us in the comments below!
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