It can be hard to argue that choosing skirting boards is the most exciting part of executing an interior design plan, but it’s still important. It’s details like people that make it all work. Not only do they have to match the design, but they also have to meet the mandatory criteria of practicality. In the case of hardwood floors, the skirting board is crucial due to a large amount of movement, shrinkage, and floor growth.
In older homes where installing wiring and plumbing in the wall is not an option, they also provide a way to hide these unsightly standards. It is becoming increasingly popular in newer configurations to pull electrical wiring and plumbing out of the skirting boards, simply to provide easy accessibility. If you want to buy skirting boards for your home, you should consider these three aspects to make sure you get the best skirting boards.
Today, skirting boards are becoming more than just a utility item. They now include a wide variety of moldings and can be found in many materials. It’s no wonder that wood skirting boards are still in fashion. Of course, there is a wide selection in the wood category. Multiple wood species, different finishes, painted or so are just some of the options you can choose from. Moldings are becoming increasingly popular and are really only recommended if you are going for a very traditional look. However, moldings can add legitimate character to this often overlooked feature.
Another part of the skirting board that you need to decide on is the height. The first thing you need to make sure of is that there is consistency throughout the house. Different heights look very odd. If you’re replacing skirting boards throughout the house or building a new one, the height of those walls should be the first consideration: the higher the walls, the higher the boards will be. Remember polishes (buying a skirting board that doesn’t match the plumbing underneath is an expensive mistake).
If you have skirting boards in your home that you like and want to put them in another room but can’t find them anywhere, don’t worry, a great carpenter should be able to replicate what you want. One of the best tips we can give is to look online for pictures of a complete piece of furniture you like, and take a good look at the table. Then, ask yourself, would this work in my home? This is much better than finding a skirting board you like and wanting to use it in your home decor.