Skirting boards, which are also known as baseboards, are decorative finishing touches that cover the joints between walls and floors. They offer an attractive finish that also protects against scuffs or other unsightly marks.
Whether you’ve moved into a new property or are renovating, redecorating or repairing your home, then you might consider hiring a carpenter to repair or fit new skirting boards.
In this skirting board installation cost guide, we’re going to discuss how they’re fitted and the factors that make up the overall costs of their installation.
We’ve also included key considerations for the purchase and process of fitting your skirting board.
Skirting boards are usually fitted by a carpenter using various tools, such as:
- Mitre saw
- Wood glue
- Tape measure
- Nail punch
- Drill driver
- Countersink bit
- Coping saw
After assessing your walls, they will take measurements and cut the skirting boards to size. Next, they’ll fix any studwork required and mark the location of the studs on your floor with a pencil.
Once everything is marked out, the carpenter will drill pilot holes through the skirting board and into the studs. Further cuts will be made for the screws to sit behind the surface before being screwed in.
Next, wood glue will be used along the join to push the skirting board into place, with further drilling and screwing required to firmly secure the boards.
Finally, a few pins will be nailed through the second piece into the first and then punched below the surface.
This process will be repeated, taking into account the corners, which require careful scribing for accuracy. Then, once the room is completed, a wood filler will be used to fill in the screw holes, leaving your skirting board ready for a coat of paint or varnish.
Cost for fitting skirting boards
|Cost provided item||Unit||Cost+VAT |
|Gloss painting skirting boards||3m x 3m room||£125||£225||£175|
|Gloss painting skirting boards – lots of filling required||3m x 3m room||£250||£350||£300|
|Supply and fit skirting board in one room||4.3m x 3m room||£225||£300||£275|
The cost to install skirting boards can vary depending on the quality, material and size of the room they’re being fitted in. On average, you can expect carpenters to charge the cost of fitting skirting boards at a day rate of around £250. This includes installation and painting your skirting boards. However, if you factor in the supply, fit and decoration, the average cost can jump up to £275.
For bigger jobs, you can expect carpenters to charge by the meter. On average, a skirting board fitting cost per meter for a 4.3m x 3m room is £275.
Additional costs to consider
- The painting requirements of the skirting boards
- Disposing of the old skirting boards
- Any wall and/or floor preparation required
For example, gloss painting skirting boards in poor condition with lots of filler required will, on average, cost you around £300.
Can I fit skirting boards myself?
Although many people attempt to fit skirting boards themselves, we always recommend hiring a professional.
The measuring, cutting, scribing and fixing needs a level of accuracy and skill to ensure the finished look is neat and tidy. A badly done job can equal gaps in corner joints and uneven fittings. It also takes longer and could cost you more in the long run.
Search Checkatrade for a qualified and trusted tradesperson who will ensure your skirting boards are fitted properly and professionally.
- All prices in this cost guide are based on standard 75mm skirting boards
- If you are using bigger/thicker skirting, then the overall price will increase
- If there are a lot of corners or difficult cuts in a room, then the cost of the skirting will also increase
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