How high do you install baseboard for carpet?
If you’re getting new carpet installed, you might be wondering, “How high do you install baseboard for carpet?” Or maybe you’re wondering, “Why do you need a gap between the baseboard and the floor at all?”
Either way, the gap is there for good reason. Let’s break it down.
Why do you need a gap between the baseboard and the floor?
There are two main reasons there should be a gap between the baseboard and the floor when installing carpet.
First, if there is flooding for any reason, this gap allows for the absorption of water (and building code may even require it). Secondly, a gap needs to be present, so you can easily tuck the carpet underneath the baseboards.
How high should baseboard be off the floor?
In the majority of cases, the gap between the baseboard and the floor will be between 3/8” and 1/2”. However, if you’re working with a thicker carpet and/or padding, this gap could easily be as wide as a full inch. This being said, many experts believe 1/2” is more than enough space for any carpet thickness.
Keep in mind, while it is important to tuck the carpet in tightly under the baseboards, you don’t want it to look forced. Make sure the carpet has enough room to be snug — but also look seamless with the rest of the room.
Are baseboards installed before the carpet?
Most carpet installers will install the baseboards before the carpet. This is why it’s important to measure thickness and find the appropriate height gap.
Even though you can install baseboards after carpet, it’s a cleaner, faster process if you install them beforehand. This way, you can better avoid getting paint, stain, or caulking on carpet.