When it comes to decorating your home, there are many aspects that can be overlooked. One of these is baseboards. There are some people who don’t even give them a second thought; however, if you want your home to look like it’s been professionally decorated, then you should consider giving this detail the attention it deserves.

Here are 15 things you need to know before nailing baseboards in order for them to complete the look of your room.

1. How Important is Nailing Baseboard Trim?

In the installation process, attaching your baseboards to the wall can be a crucial step. We usually think that walls are straight and corners are at an angle. But this is not always true. When you attach your baseboards to the drywall, it can show where you need to add more nails or fix them in other ways.

Sometimes we find out that there is a problem with our wall and we need to fix it before going on to do any more work.

2. Should You Glue Or Nail Baseboards?

Some contractors use glue to secure the baseboards to the wall. But usually, nails are used. The nails prevent the boards from flexing over time, and they can easily be removed when you have to take them off. But some contractors also use a combination of nails and glue.

3. What is the Best Way to Nail Baseboards?

The best way to nail in baseboards is with a nail gun. There are many types of guns, and it depends on what you need the gun for. If you want to buy one yourself, then get a finish nailer. They are inexpensive and will last for years.

4. What Type of Nail Gun is Best for Baseboards?

Brad nailers are not for baseboards. They are thinner than finishing nails and have different uses. Some people use them for the caps of shoe molding but usually, they are used to hide visible nails.

A finish nailer is used to shoot 16 or 15 gauge nails. It stores the head of the nail at an angle, so it is easier to access in tight spaces. A 15 gauge finishing nailer is better for on-the-job assembly because 16 gauge nails are more likely to bend or buckle.

5. What is the Best Material for Baseboards?

Baseboards are usually made of wood, but sometimes they can be made out of composite materials like MDF (medium-density fiberboard). These composite materials are cheaper and more resistant to mold.

6. What Color Should Baseboards Be?

Choose the color for the trim of your house. White is one choice, but you can change it to match any color. Another way to choose a color is not to paint the trim at all, but to stain it or finish it in the same color as your floor.

7. How Do You Nail Baseboards to Molding?

A nail gun is the best way to install baseboards. A nail gun will drive nails through the baseboard without damaging it or the wall. When you use a hammer, you need nails that are made for hammers. You also need several different sizes of nail sets to help insert nails into the wall.

8. Which is Better 15 or 16 Gauge Finish Nailer?

The 15 gauge nailer is good for heavier jobs. The 16 gauge nailer is better for thinner, more delicate trim. The 15 gauge will hold the wood without a big hole and splitting it.

9. What Gauge Nails to Use for Baseboards?

Nails come in different sizes. You want the size to be between 15 gauge and 18 gauge. The nails can be up to 2.5’’ long which is good for baseboard nails.

10. What Size Nails for Baseboard Trim?

The best nails for baseboards are 2 or 2.5 inches. You can use these nails to put in your boards with either 15 gauge or 16 gauge nails.

11. What Size Brad Nails for Baseboards?

Brad nails are good for the bottom of shoes and the molding around them. We recommend using 15-gauge 2-inch nails. But sometimes you might want to use a different length nail if it is too short or too long for what you need.

12. How to Fill Nail Holes in Baseboards?

Some of the best ways to fix holes in baseboards are with spackling paste. It is designed for these kinds of problems and doesn’t change shape easily. It has a nice texture that is easy to work into the holes.

Once you’re done, it’s easy to clean up and sand for a good finish. You can also use it on other materials like drywall or scarf joints.

13. How Far Apart Should Nails Be on Baseboards?

Experts have different opinions about how to nail up baseboards. Some people say to do it every 16 inches, while others prefer intervals of 14 inches or even 12 inches. But one thing is for sure: make sure you nail the nails all the way into the studs and not just into drywall.

14. Which Comes First, Baseboard or Carpet?

Generally, the person who installs first will be easier. Some people may prefer one over the other. But it does not really matter because you can install both before or after each other. Ask your carpet installer which they prefer.

15. How Far Up Do You Put a Baseboard Before Carpet Is Laid?

Wall baseboards should be slightly raised from the floor. There are two reasons for this. One is that the carpet edges need to be tucked under it. The other reason is that drywall can absorb moisture from flooded floors or carpets, so a little space between them helps keep the drywall from being damaged.