If you’re planning to replace your existing skirting board, there are a few options to choose from. You can opt for real wood by using pine that has been oiled or varnished. Or you can go for a cheaper alternative, such as a primed MDF board. Either way, it will give your walls a robust look.
Is skirting board easy to replace?
The next step in replacing your skirting board is to fit it to the walls. Before doing this, mark the positions of the timber studs on the floor. You should place the timber studs about 400mm apart, although you may need to increase this to 600mm. Once you’ve marked the studs, you can use a hammer to tap them with a chisel blade. If you don’t have a chisel, you can use a crowbar. This will prevent your skirting from denting the plaster.
Skirting boards are also a good way to cover up unsightly wiring. Nobody likes to see electrical wires dangling from the walls. Moreover, skirting boards prevent damp from escaping by allowing wooden floorboards to expand and contract in relation to humidity and temperature. In addition, they are cheaper than the alternative of hiding electrical wires in the ceiling.
Depending on your budget, you can choose between plain or painted skirting boards. Choose a contrasting colour for your walls. You can also consider using skirting made of tiles on the floor. This gives the illusion of a wider space.