Installing or replacing base
molding is a very easy job. The most common base molding is composed of three
pieces. A 1x4 nailed to the wall, a piece of base cap molding nailed to the 1x4
and a piece of shoe molding or quarter round nailed to the 1x4. Older homes may
have a 1x6 or 1x8 nailed to the wall. The 1x4 is pretty standard
The other type of base molding
is what looks to be a 1x6 that has been milled to resemble two pieces of the
three piece molding. This molding is easier to install but lacks the distinct
shadow lines of the three piece molding.
You should use the same type
of molding, if possible, as exists elsewhere in your home. This will make the
look of your molding as consistent as possible.
Side view of base molding