Baseboard molding is fast gaining the popularity it deserves as a significant aspect of interior decor. Where before it was considered as an afterthought and merely as a means to cover the bottom-most section of the wall, today it is a vital component of the overall finish of a room.
Essentially and functionally, baseboard molding provides a smooth transition between the floor and the wall. It helps to hide uneven wall surfaces and protects the wall from any damage from furniture scrapes or vacuum cleaner bangs.
It frames the room from below, offering a foundation for other trim such as wainscoting and casing. It compliments the parallel crown molding and is often used to determine the visual height of the overhead trim.
As creative trends are evolving, numerous styles are coming up to spruce up baseboard molding from the old, uninspired planks and into amazing pieces of art that are worthy of focus. Larger profiles are preferred now for the statement they make whether as ornately curved trim, or as simple molding that speaks elegance.
Of these inventive ideas, is built-up or stacked baseboard molding.
Simply put, built-up baseboard molding is a compound design that incorporates several pieces of trim brought together. It draws even more focus to the lower wall edge as it will be larger than normal molding and when done right, is an impressive addition to a room’s embellishment.
Built-up baseboard molding is wonderful for large spaces such as a drawing room or the living room and dining area, where it adds to the overall decor rather than takes from it. Depending on how it is designed in comparison to accompanying trim, it will also be tasteful in smaller rooms such as a powder room, where it could be installed as the primary decoration anchor.
There are baseboard molding options that come already built-up and ready to install but these can be rather expensive. This however should not deter you from your dream for with a few handy tools, a bit of patience and these simple hacks, you can design and install your own stacked baseboard molding.
Before all else, analyze the space in which you want to install the molding. Think of how you want the finished work to be and whether the molding will achieve this. Consider the purpose for the room and whether having a built-up baseboard profile will add value to it.
Consider other elements such as doors, sockets and cable ports, protruding plumbing and anything else that may be in the way of the molding. The easier solution will be to work around these things, not think about repositioning them.
Choose the trim you will bring together for this work of art. Because baseboard molding is at ground level, it will not require too heavily-detailed styles as crown molding, for instance, would. Nevertheless, there is still room to make it as decorated as you would like, with simple additions such as base caps and beads.
An easy way to achieve a stacked baseboard would be to start from a simple baseboard molding and add onto it with a smaller-sized baseboard. While they do not have to be similar, aim to have complimentary designs such that the lines or grooves on one will appear to feed into the other. Choose the heights in such a manner that they will not be too close to obscure each other but not too apart that they do not create a visual flow.
DreamWall Decor offers a fine selection of baseboard molding made from high-quality polyurethane that is stylish and built to last. It is moisture-resistant and will be impervious to mold, mildew and rotting. It will also not crack or warp as weather conditions change, leaving your baseboard profile as spectacular as it was the first day.
Use short lengths of the trim pieces to create a mock-up of what the molding profile will look like when you’re done. Align it to the wall and floor, and check for any adjustment required, especially how far the molding projects beyond the wall and if this will pose any issues such as stubbing the toe of an unwary passer-by (this is probably not the first thing you thought of but it can be a massive inconvenience).
Here, remember the elements you will need to work around and how to best do this while maintaining the built-up profile.
Use a compound miter saw to make mitered edges on the baseboard for outside corners. While 45-degree cuts are the go-to, measure the wall corner angles to ascertain whether they are a perfect right angle.
Often, corners are not perfectly square and require slight adjustments to achieve seamless mitered joints.
For inside corners, consider using coped cuts to make better joints. If possible, arrange your molding in such a way that you know what piece goes where so you make all the cuts at a go. This will save you a lot of effort moving back and forth between the saw and the work area.
Paint the molding if you prefer to do it before installation. Given that the final work will be a collection of separate trim brought together, it is best to paint them at this point so no edge is left unpainted and irregular when the final work is done.
Starting with the backer, secure the baseboard to the wall using construction adhesive. Next, secure the smaller piece to the face of the backer using adhesive. When they are in position, drive nails through the two pieces to hold them securely to the wall.
If you used simple plain planks, consider embellishing them by adding a base cap at the top of the taller plank and a shoe mold at the front base (of the smaller plank, naturally), and beads to make the whole profile more interesting
● Where a piece of baseboard is not long enough to fit the length of the wall, use scarf joints to attach two pieces together. Use opposing 45-degree miter cuts to make the joint as square ends will not hold very well especially if the molding expands and contracts.
● Finish working one molding around the room before getting started on the other one. This will help avoid confusion and undoubtedly make the work easier.
Use caulk to seal any gaps between the trim and the wall. Add sparkle to fill the nail holes and apply any touch-up paint that may be necessary.
With these simple steps, a beautiful, stacked baseboard molding profile will be yours to enjoy.