A decorative and functional type of wood trim that runs along the very base of walls, thus the name baseboards or base molding.
- Provide a visual "stop".
- Keep dirt from getting under walls.
- Prevent vermin/insects from getting into house.
- Beautify the ragged bottom edge of the wall.
- Prevent bottom edge of wall from getting broken.
- Usually in heights of 2" to 8", though higher base molding can be found.
- Can be either built-up (separate pieces) or one-piece.
- Thinner baseboards are easier to curve to the walls.
- Thicker baseboards can have deep, attractive profiles (designs).
- Available in bare wood, primed wood, MDF, and polystyrene.
- Usually require the addition of quarter-round at the base of the baseboard to cover up the gap between the baseboard and floor.