What Size Skirting Board Should you Buy and Why?

size of skirting board

When planning to renovate your living spaces, the sizes of skirting boards probably won’t be the first item on your checklist.

Nonetheless, the impact that the skirting board can have on the overall appearance of the room should not be ignored. A 14% rise in DIY sales over the summer, which has continued into the latter parts of the year and is matched by an increase in professional jobs, highlights the growing trend for home improvement in the post-coronavirus era. Whether updating the lounge or hallways in your Midlands home, successful skirting board fitting is key.

What is the average height of skirting boards?

The skirting board fitting process is a fairly straightforward one, but you must first find the right design. There are other features to consider, such as the shape and the choice of one or two grooves. First and foremost, homeowners should focus on the height.

As per Mariterra, the most common sizes of skirting board sit between the range of 120mm and 230mm, with 145mm standing out as the standard solution. However, depending on the design and manufacturer, it is likely that you can choose anything from 70mm to 400mm.

What size of skirting board is right for your property?

The above information provides guidance, but no two households are the same. Therefore, it’s imperative that you find a solution that suits the property and your personal preferences. Some of the key factors to consider are as follows:

Property Size

While a 145mm skirting board will look great in most modern homes, it may look a little out of place if your property is a Victorian building with notoriously high ceilings. Given that the Midlands has seen new properties surface at double the speed of the national average, this won’t be an issue for too many homeowners. Nonetheless, analysing how the skirting boards will look against the height of your rooms is an integral feature. 

Existing Features

When starting with the blank canvas of a newly plastered wall, you can choose any skirting board size that satisfies your taste. Conversely, though, if you are adding to existing skirting boards (perhaps replace the downstairs hallways but not the staircase and upstairs) you’ll want to match it to the existing setting. Meanwhile, the impact of any radiators or features should be factored into the decision-making process.

Design Style

The size of the skirting board may have a far bigger impact on the overall look of the home than you might first imagine. Generally speaking, taller skirting boards are more dramatic while shorter ones add a subtle tone that can allow the walls and wall decor to take centre stage. A narrow hallway may benefit from taller skirting boards while the home office that has photo frames at a fairly low height may prefer the look of a shorter skirting board.

Professional skirting board fitting

Whichever style and height of skirting board you choose, they need to be fitted in the correct fashion to unlock the true potential of your rooms. To find out more about the best skirting boards for your property, or to arrange a professional fitting, get in touch with Cutting Edge today on 0333 366 0249 or send us an email at info@ceskirting.co.uk. We look forward to hearing from you.