Medium: $170-$400 per installed room
High: $300-$800 per installed room
Baseboard, also known as base trim or base molding, is both appealing and utilitarian. It can offer a modest but crucial finishing touch to the style of a room while hiding the gap between the flooring and the wall. It also shields the finish of the wall from vacuum cleaners, furniture scrapes, and other bumps or kicks.
- Baseboards range in height from a 1-inch-high round “shoe” molding to 6 inches, with finishes varying from plain to sloping, grooved, or rounded. The higher the expense, the taller and more complex the baseboard.
Wood composite (MDF) baseboards 2-4 inches high cost $50-$75 uninstalled for 80 feet in a 20×20-foot living room or $325-$450 for 500 feet in a typical two-story home at 65-90 cents per linear foot. Composite baseboards 5-6 inches high cost $1.50-$2 per linear foot, or around $120-$160 uninstalled for 80 feet and $750-$1,000 for a typical-sized home.
- Prices for baseboards of affordable woods such as pine or poplar range from 85 cents to $150 for 3-4 inches high or $1.50 to $2.25 for 5-6 inches high, which works out to roughly $70-$180 uninstalled for a living room or $425-$1,125 uninstalled for an average-sized home.
- Baseboards of solid cherry, mahogany, walnut, or other high-end wood cost around $2.80-$7 or more per foot, depending on height and style, and range from $225-$560 for a living room or $1,400-$3,500 for an average-sized home.
- Polyurethane baseboards cost $1.80-$8 per foot, depending on design and height, and are impermeable to moisture, won’t decay or break over time, and can be painted exactly like wood; a living room costs $144-$640, and an average-sized home costs $900-$4,000.
- Professional installation starts around $1.50-$2 per linear foot when included in a larger flooring or remodeling job, or $2-$4 for a stand-alone trim installation—making labor for a living room $120-$320, or $750-$2,000 for an average-sized home. Installers may charge materials plus labor at $45-$65 per hour if an older house has uneven flooring, corners, or odd obstructions.
- Baseboard, also known as base trim or base molding, is both appealing and utilitarian. It can offer a modest but crucial finishing touch to the style of a room while hiding the gap between the flooring and the wall. It also shields the finish of the wall from vacuum cleaners, furniture scrapes, and other bumps or kicks.
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