How to install a wooden skirting board?

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For a perfect finish, it is essential to install a wooden baseboard, here is how to do it simply and quickly…

mur à protéger par une plinthe

Wooden skirting boards are often installed to hide the demarcation between the wall and the tile or parquet flooring that has been laid, as it is not easy to have a perfect finish of the floor along the wall, so it is easier to hide it.

But the other advantage is also to better withstand blows, from a vacuum cleaner for example, wood will indeed better resist blows, whereas the plaster wall will tend to mark.

The sizes

plinthe en bois découpée

Wooden skirting boards that are commercially available are usually made of MDF, which is an easy to work with and really cheap material, ideal for making wooden skirting boards.

The length of these MDF skirtings can vary, but they are generally 10mm thick and 110mm high. In the worst case, you can saw wooden skirtings yourself with a 10mm thick MDF board.

The installation principle

Installing a wooden skirting is really simple, just cut the skirting to the right size and fix it to the wall before painting it.

The necessary equipment

Here are some of the tools you’ll need to install a wooden baseboard:

  • A tape measure
  • A carpenter’s square and a pencil
  • A mitre box or a mitre saw is even better
  • A self-propelled or japanese saw
  • Neoprene glue
  • Plugs and screws adapted to the support
  • A cartridge gun and an acrylic cartridge
  • Coating and a spatula

Steps to install a wooden baseboard

Here are the main steps of this type of installation, I started with this example on standard MDF baseboards:

  • Measuring
  • Cutting
  • Fixation
  • The finishes


This is the very first step in this type of task, here are a few tips:

  1. With a tape measure, measure the length of the wall that will be covered with the baseboard…
  2. If the baseboard has to cover an angle, remember to take into account the thickness of the bevel, in this case the thickness of the baseboard will be added to the dimension of the wall to obtain the total distance.
  3. Mark the distance on the baseboard and mark the entire height with a square. For the bevel, remember also to transfer the 45° angle to the edge of the skirting board.

установка плинтуса для измерения

измерение длины плинтуса


To make an accurate cut, use an electric mitre saw, otherwise MDF is quite easy to work with, so it can also be cut easily with a hand saw, like this :

  1. For a straight cut, nothing could be easier, place the skirting board flat in the mitre box, the mark aligned with the right slot, then cut with the hand saw following the line.
  2. For a cut with a bevel, there we will place the skirting board on the edge, the marking on the bevel aligned with the slot of the mitre box.
  3. Hold the baseboard in position with shims and clamps if necessary.
  4. With the saw, cut delicately respecting the line and continue with the help of the slots in the mitre box.

traçage de la largeur de la plinthe

découpe de la plinthe avec une boite à onglet

découpe à la scie à onglet

plinthe en bois découpée


Now that the baseboard has been cut, all that remains is to fix it to the wall:

  1. Place the baseboard in position on the wall…
  2. With a 3mm wood drill, for example, drill through the wood in the centre of the skirting board until it passes through and drill the wall.
  3. Countersink the screw hole so that it does not protrude from the baseboard.
  4. Using a 6mm drill bit, drill the wall at the point marked by the hole and insert a dowel.
  5. Do the same in other parts of the baseboard, depending on its size, but roughly one is needed every 50 cm, but especially at the ends to keep it in place.
  6. Before screwing the baseboard on, we will apply neoprene glue.
  7. Let it dry for 5 minutes.
  8. The skirting board is replaced, the screw holes aligned with the plugs.
  9. The baseboard is screwed on to hold it in place.

installation de la plinthe

perçage de la plinthe

fraisage du trou pour la vis de fixation

perçage du mur

pose d'une chevile

plinthe fixée au mur

The finishes

Now that the baseboard is in place, we can start on the finishing touches:

  1. Plaster the screw holes with plaster.
  2. Allow to dry and lightly sand any excess with fine grit paper, type 120
    Spray acrylic on the area of contact with the wall, to fill in the holes and give a better finish before painting.
  3. If there are days between the bevels, apply acrylic there as well.
  4. Let dry, the skirting boards are ready to be painted.

cartouche d'acrylique

Application d'un joint acrylique sur la plinthe

enduit de lissage

Application de l'enduit de lissage pour reboucher les trous de vis

ponçage de l'enduit sur la plinthe

FAQ: the most frequently asked questions

Here are the most frequently asked questions on this subject, but if you have any other questions, please feel free to ask in the comment field below .

What kind of glue for a wooden skirting board?

To maintain a wooden skirting board on a plaster or Placo wall for a long time, I advise you to use neoprene glue, which can fix almost anything.

Which wood skirting board should I choose?

As I mentioned at the beginning of this subject, personally I use MDF skirting boards in size 10 mm thick for a height of 110 mm, if you want to paint them, that will be more than enough.

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