Flooring Details: Trim it Perfectly

If you are a new homeowner or simply new to DIY projects, you may not yet understand the difference between types of trim. No worries, as we are going to explain flooring trim types in this post. After you finish reading it, you will know the differences, plus where and how each makes your project look fabulous!

What’s the difference between base shoe, quarter round, and trim? Flooring Details: Trim it Perfectly

  • Quarter round is exactly as it sounds, one-fourth of a round, wooden dowel, with a 90-degree angle that fits into corners properly, and a rounded profile.
  • Base shoe, or shoe moulding as it is sometimes called, is similar but a little taller and with a flatter profile against the wall. It covers any gaps between the floor and baseboard and adds interest.
  • Trim can include so many elements – from baseboards and cove moldings to plinth blocks, base skirts and crown moldings – all of which add architectural interest to a room.

Why is base shoe removed before refinishing or installing flooring?

As mentioned above, base shoe molding covers any gaps between the baseboard and the floor. It also adds interest and gives the trim a clean look.

Removing the base shoe before refinishing a floor or installing new flooring allows you to get right to the walls with your project.

If you are refinishing, you will sand and restain all of the floors, and if you are installing a new floor, you will install all the way to the wall, with only very small gaps.

When you reattach the base shoe, there will be no gaps and the project will look great; without removal first, you’d have additional gaps to try to cover!

Should I match my base shoe to my trim color or my floor color?

This is a matter of your personal preference, and we have seen both look spectacular. However, for the wide majority of applications, base shoe that matches your trim color is the right way to go.

Do I Really Need Base Shoe?

Don’t skimp on the base shoe – your floor will look unfinished and your trim will look uneven! It covers any little gaps and is flexible enough to create clean lines along your floor.  Base shoe molding is what really puts the finishing touch on a flooring project. Call us for any flooring project needs!