Search thousands of topics on CostHelper.com

BROWSE ALL TOPICS >> babies & children  cars  consumer electronics health & personal care home & garden personal finance  pets  schools small business sports weddings
CostHelper > Home and Garden  > Flooring, Painting & Remodeling > Baseboards

Baseboards Cost


How Much Do Baseboards Cost?

 
average costMedium: $170-$400 per room installedhigh costHigh: $300-$800 per room installed
post Post   Comments (6)

Also called base trim or base molding, baseboard is both attractive and functional. It can add a subtle but important final touch to a room's style while covering the gap between the flooring and wall. It also protects the wall's finish from vacuum cleaners, furniture scrapes and other bumps or kicks.

Typical costs:

  • Baseboards vary from a simple 1-inch-high round "shoe" molding to 6 inches high, with finishes ranging from plain to a sloped, grooved or rounded design. The taller and more elaborate the baseboard, the greater the cost.
  • At 65-90 cents a linear foot, wood composite (MDF) baseboards 2-4 inches high average$50-$75 uninstalled for 80 feet in a 20x20-foot living room or $325-$450 for 500 feet in an average two-story home. Composite baseboards 5-6 inches high run $1.50-$2 a linear foot, making it about $120-$160 uninstalled for 80 feet and $750-$1,000 for an average-sized home.
  • Prices run 85 cents-$150 for 3-4 inches high or $1.50-$2.25 for 5-6 inches high for baseboards of inexpensive woods such as pine or poplar, which works out to about $70-$180 uninstalled for a living room, or $425-$1,125 uninstalled for an average-sized home.
  • It's about $2.80-$7 or more a foot depending on height and style for baseboards of solid cherry, mahogany, walnut or other high-end wood, averaging $225-$560 for a living room or $1,400-$3,500 for an average-sized home.
  • Costs are $1.80-$8 a foot, depending on style and height, for polyurethane baseboards that are impervious to moisture, won't rot or crack over time and can be painted just like wood; it's about $144-$640 for a living room and $900-$4,000 for an average-sized home.
  • Professional installation starts around $1.50-$2 a linear foot when included as part of a larger flooring or remodeling job, or $2-$4 for a stand-alone trim installation--making it $120-$320 for labor for a living room, or $750-$2,000 for for an average-sized home. If an older house has uneven floors and corners or unusual obstacles, installers may charge materials plus labor at $45-$65 an hour.
Related articles: Hardwood Floors, Refinishing a Hardwood Floor, Crown Molding, Carpet

What should be included:
  • Installing baseboards is a relatively simple project, but requires careful measurements and precise cutting. HGTV.com provides instructions and Kelleher.com[1] gives a clear explanation of the "coping" joints needed to make some corners look good.
  • The Family Handyman explains how to install baseboard on crooked or lumpy walls.
  • The Stanley Complete Trimwork & Carpentry book[2] at $19.95 covers all types of trim molding projects.
Additional costs:
  • Installers often charge $45-$65 an hour to remove old baseboard. If the original baseboard was not installed properly, it can be painstaking work to remove it without damaging the walls.
  • For remodeling situations, moving furniture out of the way may cost extra.
  • If doing it yourself, there's always some waste involved, so buy at least 10 percent more baseboard than needed.
Shopping for baseboards:
  • Buy the best quality baseboard you can afford; the better the material, the better it will look when the project's done.
  • Lowe's[3] sells a range of base moldings and offers installation services. Baseboard can also be ordered online from Hardwood-Moldings.com[4] and Vintage Woodworks[5] .
  • Installation referrals are available through most flooring or hardware stores.
post Post   Comments (6)
CostHelper News


7 Fireplace and Wood Stove Safety Steps To Do This Week
Gathering around a wood stove or fireplace on a cold winter night can be wonderful experience, but it's crucial to not take basic safety for granted. || Posted November 12 2013


10 Quick and Inexpensive Home Makeover Projects To Do Before Holiday Guests Arrive
Having friends and family gather for the holidays is traditionally considered a heartwarming idea -- but the mere thought of it can also be heart-stopping if they're planning on staying at your place, and you realize your home is looking less than it. || Posted November 18 2013

‣ All CostHelper Blog Posts


What People Are Paying - Recent Comments
3/4in shoe mold install
Amount: $100.00 total
Posted by: Carolina Flooring Solutions in Murphy, NC.Posted: September 24th, 2018 06:09PM
Number of Rooms: 6Type:
Contractor: Carolina Flooring Solutions
I have 619 linear we installed 2 guys in 2 days and charged $1.15 per linear foot totalling $711.85. Do y'all think that was under priced or too much?
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
PG Poplar
Amount: $1,750.00 total
Posted by: RedMist in Middlebury, IN.Posted: December 15th, 2017 12:12PM
Contractor: Self Build
Installing a mixture of 8", 4", and 2" baseboard at 900' and 3" door casings for 15 doors. Price is for raw wood which I will paint. No installation costs as I will bee doing it myself. The wood is being purchased from a small Amish shop near me. The wood profile is very simple with a 1/4" radius on one corner. I realize I could likely find less expensive wood elsewhere; however, I like their quality and service.
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
get an installer before you buy.
Amount: $2.40 total
Posted by: CrownInstaller in Clearwater, FL.Posted: August 10th, 2016 10:08AM
Base boards speed and quality goes with the talent of the installer. In most cases the installer is buying their materials wholesale.
I can do around 800 feet in four to six hours if there is noting in my way. big box stores charge average here $2.12 per linear foot for base boards. I charge $2.40 per linear foot. (5 1/4" base)I can do it because I buy from a volume wholesaler. your contractor packs are only 12' giving you a greater chance for seams and increasing the waste.
as for your MDF and particle board base, I will not touch that crap. I back all my materials and labor and those are a complete waste of your money. They don't last.
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
500 Linear Feet in 4-8 hours ???
Amount: $0.00 total
Posted by: Dwayne Howard in Arlington, TX.Posted: November 27th, 2012 10:11PM
Number of Rooms: 10Type:
Contractor: Just Asking
The last line of information under "Typical Costs" should have been left out, or posted correctly. It'd take a whole crew of carpenters to install 500 feet of baseboard in half a day ! They won't be doing that for $520, much less for $180.
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
Cost of Baseboards
Amount: $88.00 total
Posted by: Handy Andy in Jacksonville, NC.Posted: December 3rd, 2009 08:12AM
Number of Rooms: 3Type: Generic Base
Contractor: Lowes
Just wanted to add...its a lot cheaper to buy a contractor pack of molding at lowes. Individual pieces will run you around $6-8 each. A contractor pack with 120 linear feet runs $44! HUGE difference. So make sure you ask for the pack.
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
Baseboard Costs
Amount: $0.00 total
Posted by: Black River Construction in Hartland, MI.Posted: September 24th, 2009 07:09AM
In the paragraph on installation costs it states professional installation starts at $1.50 per linear foot. This seems correct, however at the end of the paragraph it states a 500 linear foot project should cost $180.00 to $520.00 for labor. At $1.50 per linear foot the job would start at $750.00 for labor.
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam


 

Comment On Your Experience With Baseboards
 
Subject:  *
Amount Spent:  * total
Number of Rooms: Type: 
Contractor:   
Comments: 
Purchased:  Year: 
City:  * State:  *
 
Information about you:
Email:  * Email addresses are not displayed.
Name:  This is the name we'll display with your post.
me on this computer
*=required field.
 



External Resources:
  1.  www.kelleher.com/documents/Coping.pdf
  2.  www.amazon.com/Complete-Trimwork-Carpentry-Stanley/dp/0696221144
  3.  www.lowes.com/pl_Flooring_4294934373__s?Ntt=base%20molding&Ntk=i_products
  4.  www.hardwood-moldings.com/
  5.  www.vintagewoodworks.com/baseboards.html
More Home and Garden Topics
Check Out All Costs for Home and Garden How Much Does a Fence Cost? How Much Does a Furnace Cost? How Much Does Garden Service Cost?

Search Thousands of Topics on CostHelper.com

 
Today's Featured Cost Articles

About CostHelper
CostHelper is based in Silicon Valley and provides consumers with unbiased price information about thousands of goods and services. Our writers are experienced journalists who adhere to our strict editorial ethics policy.

CostHelper Community
replaced belt serpentine on 2008 chevy cobalt LS 2.2L eng.
Paid: 299.19
belt was 77.95 plus shop supplies was 22.68 labor was 188... [more]
-sharon k walton
Serpentine Belt Replacement Cost
Locksmith
Paid: 95.00
I left my keys inside... [more]
-Pepi44
Locksmith Cost
Commercial and residential power washing and window cleaning
Paid: 350.00
This company is truly amazing, I've never felt so satisfied after seeing the transformation of my home. I had green grime and algae growing rampid in the front my home. Within a few hours my home along with my deck was spotless... [more]
-Emanuel 1
Window Cleaning Cost
ER visit.
Paid: 9040.00
Thought I was having a heart attack, went to ER... [more]
-Omie
EKG Cost
Tune up
Paid: 384.00
Feel ripped off.Nearly $400 for a tune up. All that was done was a spark plug replacement and fuel induction service... [more]
-Sam Wise
Tune-up Cost
dented our friendhip
Paid: 300.00
I was asked to be MOH and other bridesmaid was out of town. She agreed to be financial co-host. Offered bride shower for 12-15 people. She said she would invite 40. My small house could barely accommodate... [more]
-70s gal
Bridal Shower Cost