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To create a beautiful transition between wall and floor at home or to elegantly conceal pipes and cables, many people opt for skirting boards. Depending on the material, a certain style can be emphasised or a new one created. Whether wood, metal, plastic, cork, stone, tiles, etc.. - there is something for every taste and for every room and purpose.

Due to the large selection, however, it is often difficult to decide on a certain material / shape / type of fastening. In this article, we will tell you what to look out for, how to install them, what costs you should expect and much more. We want to help you choose the perfect skirting boards for your home.




Summary

  • Skirting boards form the transition between the wall and the floor, acting like a frame that sets the floor apart from the wall. Skirting boards are also used to cover pipes.
  • Baseboards are available in a wide variety of materials: HDF (laminate, vinyl), wood, metal, cork, plastic, stone, tiles, carpet material.
  • To cut the corners and transitions neatly, you should use a good saw and a mitre gauge with which you can determine the respective angles.

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Buying and evaluation criteria for skirting boards

To help you find the perfect skirting boards for your home, we have summarised the most important decision-making criteria for buying skirting boards. When making your choice, it is important to consider the following points:

In the next section, we will describe the individual criteria in more detail and thus guide you to the skirting boards that are right for you.

Material

Skirting boards come in many different materials, colours and shapes. Often, skirting boards are matched to the floor in terms of their material and colour. For example, if you have a grey laminate floor, grey baseboards made of laminate would be ideal to create a uniform overall look.

However, depending on taste, it is also possible to create a contrast with the floor by using a different colour and material.

In addition to laminate, which together with vinyl is classified as HDF (high-density fibreboard), there are skirting boards made of various types of wood (solid, natural and solid wood / beech, oak, maple etc.), metal, cork, plastic, stone and tiles. There are also special skirtings for carpeted floors.

In addition, it is possible to give skirting boards a different colour by painting them, whether white, grey, black, brown or something more unusual.

Fastening method

Skirting boards can be nailed, glued, screwed or fastened with clips. The most common fastening method is nailing with a nail gun.

The clip variant is characterised by the fact that the skirting boards can be mounted without visible screws and that they can be taken down again flexibly if you want to change them again at some point or if you have to replace them after a while.

Floor suitability

Baseboards made of solid wood and with a solid wood core are particularly suitable for solid wood and parquet floors. Skirting boards made of HDF, on the other hand, which are covered with a high-quality decorative film, look particularly good with laminate or vinyl flooring. Solid wood or metal skirting boards are often used for carpeted floors.

Basically, it depends on which style you want to pursue or emphasise with the help of skirting boards.

With regard to carpets, for example, solid wood skirting boards, e.g. in the colour white, create a more natural and restrained accent, while metal skirting boards are more on the modern side.

There are also skirting boards made of exactly the same material as carpets if you prefer a uniform look.

Room suitability

Depending on the room, certain baseboard materials are more common and suitable than others. While tile floors are common in the bathroom, baseboards made of tiles are also advantageous due to the humidity in the room. On the terrace, more robust materials are also recommended, as they should be temperature and weather resistant.

Otherwise, the principle of either matching or contrasting the floor applies here as well, depending on taste.

Guide: Frequently asked questions about skirting boards answered in detail

In this section, we would like to answer frequently asked questions about skirting boards. This should help you clarify any ambiguities and come closer to making your decision.

What are skirting boards?

Baseboards, also known as skirting boards, form the transition between the wall and the floor. They act like a frame that separates the floor from the wall.

Are skirting boards necessary or what are they needed for?

Skirting boards not only serve as a visual embellishment for the room, but also have a practical function: they cover the expansion joints between the wall and the floor and protect the wall from dirt or knocks. Skirting boards are also popular for hiding cables.

What types of skirting boards are there?

Skirting boards can differ from each other in their colour, shape, material and method of attachment. The materials include various types of wood, laminate, HDF, metal, cork and plastic. In terms of shape, there are the following variants:

Shape Description
Rounded top edge The classic skirting boards close flush with the wall side and are rounded on the upper visible side.
Bevelled top edge These skirtings are bevelled at an angle of 15 degrees on their upper visible side.
Straight top edge The skirting boards with straight top edge, which correspond to the classic Bauhaus style, finish flush with the wall side and have a straight cut-off top edge.
Profiled skirting boards These are skirting boards in solid wood as well as in veneered design. They are available in various shapes up to a height of 60 millimetres.
Fillet and end skirting boards These types of skirting boards are hollowed out in the centre.
Cover and facing skirting boards These include quarter bars, whose profile is a quarter of a circle (and thus the width is equal to the height), and flat skirting boards, which have a flat profile.
Old building skirting boards with Berlin profile These timeless skirting boards in the old Berlin / Hamburg style often have ornaments similar to skirting boards, but they are also available in a simpler look.
Cable duct and pipe cover trims This three-part skirting board system can be used to cover heating pipes lying on plaster. It can also serve as a cable duct for the installation of sockets.
Sports floor skirting boards with ventilation slots This type of skirting board is particularly suitable for sprung floors in sports halls due to its rear ventilation.

In terms of possible types of fastening, there are the nail, adhesive, screw or clip variants.

What do skirting boards cost?

The cost of skirting boards depends on the material and the shape. In the table below, we show you approximately what you can expect to pay per metre, depending on the material.

Material Price
Wood, plastic 2 to 8 euros / metre
Stone, tile 6 to 10 euros / metre
Metal 6 to 10 euros / metre
Cork 3 to 8 euros / metre
Cable duct and pipe cover strips 4 to 8 euros / metre
Noble designs 10 to 20 euros / metre

For the accessories (corners, tools, fastening elements, etc.), you should reckon with at least 150 euros.

If you decide to have the skirting boards fitted by craftsmen, you should calculate between 20 and 30 euros for cutting e.g. wooden skirting boards and 2 to 8 euros per metre for fitting, depending on the skirting board system and of course the company.

Is the installation of skirting boards difficult?

With the right tools and proper preparation, installing skirting boards is no problem. If you cut skirting boards yourself, you should get a good saw and a mitre gauge.

You can use a saw to cut skirting boards to fit. (Image source: Matt Artz / unsplash)

With a mitre gauge, you can cut the skirting boards at the right angle to align the corners.

How do you care for skirting boards?

The most important and easiest way to care for your skirting boards is to look after them, for example when moving furniture. Otherwise, scratches or abrasions could occur. If, for example, you have children playing wildly or you often move your furniture, robust baseboards such as stone or tile baseboards would generally be a good idea.

A hoover is a great way to clean your baseboards. (Image source: Steve Buissinne / Pixabay)

It is also important to adapt the cleaning method to the material of the baseboards. While wooden baseboards don't like it too wet and you should always make sure that no water gets behind the baseboards (otherwise there is a risk of mould!), lukewarm water and a dash of washing-up liquid is sufficient in other cases.

Skirting boards can also be cleaned wonderfully with soft cloths for damp or dry cleaning, with a hoover or feather duster. Bleach, solvents or household products such as toothpaste should be avoided in any case, as many surfaces react sensitively to them.

If the skirting boards are very worn, they can be sanded and recoated if you do not necessarily want to buy new ones.

Conclusion

Skirting boards can fulfil a practical or / and decorative function. While most materials are suitable for dry rooms, it is better to opt for tiles or stone for wet rooms such as the bathroom. Robust materials are also preferable to more delicate ones for outdoor use.

For fastening, there is the option of nailing, screwing, gluing or clipping. To cut clean corners and transitions, good tools such as a saw and a mitre gauge are necessary for correct cutting. Most skirting boards are also considered easy to clean. Visually, they enhance any room and contribute to the longer life of floors and walls.

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