How to Install Baseboard on Stairs?

Baseboard installation on stairs occurs to give the stairs added stability, which adds value to your home as well. It is not as easy as it sounds, however, once you understand it, it need not be so complicated.

You only need to find out what you will require for the job in addition to understanding what procedure to follow.

To install, baseboard on your stairs you have to acquire the baseboard itself and wood patty. You should also assemble some tools such as:

  • Finish nails
  • Coping saw
  • Hammer
  • Mitre Saw
  • Measuring tape

The instructions that you have to follow are quite simple and easy to follow:

  1. Measuring the surface of the stairs will tell you how much baseboard you require.
  2. Choose the right baseboard for your stairs. You need to consider quality that is appealing and durable.
  3. The baseboard choice you make should have a trim size in mind to minimize the splicing task that would otherwise await you. This also preserves the baseboard from unnecessary splits
  4. If you plan to paint the baseboard ensure you do that before the installation as it could prove difficult to paint once installed.
  5. Pre drill the nail holes so the nails are there before you start the installation process. This should also prevent splitting.
  6. The process of attaching shoe molding should be done with the knowledge that it attaches not to the floor but onto the baseboard.
  7. How you install the baseboard on your stairs is your decision. You can choose to line the baseboard along your stairs thus following each horizontal step of your stairs. Alternatively you can choose to use the trace approach in which case you will be better off using corner blocks.
  8. You can also choose to install the baseboard in manner that makes it straight down the wall. To achieve this you will have to make some angular cuts though this can be quite a complicated process.
  9. The choice of shoe molding will help to give your baseboard a look that suggests it is a finished article. Such shoe molding will only achieve this purpose if it s trim as well as being flexible. Thus it can bend and folded to fit thus help you fill the different contours of the stairs surface. This will enable you achieve a better baseboard to floor transition.

Once you get to the end of the stairs, you should retrace your steps tacking at the ends and leveling to ensure the base board is neatly fitted.

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