Baseboards, baseboards and cable duct at a glance

Here are tips and tricks on how to make the right choices, cut the strips expertly and install clean.

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Primarily, the baseboard, also scouring and skirting is called, intended to cover the transition from the floor to the wall as well as any existing expansion there. It also protects the wall in this high-risk area from dirt and damage. Finally, they can also determine the visual impression of a room with their design.

The choice of the appropriate skirting boards depends on several factors: In addition to various materials such as wood or plastic and its design also the soil conditions and size and layout of the space to be considered. Special features like a built-in skirting trunking can open additional technical possibilities.

Here are tips which models fit the respective flooring and how to cut baseboards expertly and install clean. We also inform you of cable channels and how to install it easiest.

Contents: skirting boards and their assembly

  • Which footer fits which floor?
  • Safety and order: skirting boards with cable channel
  • Buy Cable channels online
  • Special baseboards for heating tubes
  • Baseboards attach: gluing, nailing, screwing or with clip system
  • glue baseboards
  • nail baseboards
  • screw baseboards
  • Baseboards with clip system
  • Baseboard trim with the Gehrschnitt
  • Mount cable channels
  • solve bonded cable channels or baseboards

Which footer fits which floor?

The selection of baseboards is very large. They come in all shapes, colors and from different materials. Many floating floors such as parquet or laminate strips fit of wood or plastic is best to feel. Is carpeted, one often uses so-called carpet skirting. In tiled sections of the laid tiles are usually glued as a base against the wall. And finally baseboards made of metal are available, ore often with integrated cable channel. The baseboards and most used their applications are the following:

wood baseboards have the advantage that they are available in most cases in the same wood type and structure as the floor covering. Who laid parquet or laminate, is skirting boards from the same vendor and the hardware store. However, solid wood moldings have their price and demand in the assembly a more cautious treatment as plastic strips. This is because the material is more sensitive and can adapt less flexible on the wall simultaneously. An alternative can here constitute strips of soft wood or wooden materials, which are provided with a matching veneer or laminated with a wood effect.

Plastic strips are more flexible and can be attached easily to uneven walls as they are not only often found in old buildings. Through their water-repellent surface, they are also less sensitive to dirt and cleaning water. They are obtained, for example, as hollow profiles with a wood effect as a surface suitable for laminates. Of plastic but also exist shallow angle, which are made of the same material and the same design as the floor covering. Such skirting boards are used for example in flexible surfaces such as PVC, rubber or linoleum floors.

Carpet skirting often also consist of a plastic strip, in which open to the space profile a strip of the installed carpet is secured. During assembly, nail or glue the first skirting wall and to fix the carpet then with a double-sided tape. Alternatively, decorative strips are available on the various carpet patterns that harmonize with the carpet color.

Softwood strips with veneerWood strips remain affordable when a veneered softwood core with exotic woods - even water resistant in this case.Rubber floor with associated footerFlexible floors can often be fitted with skirting of exactly matching colored material. In this rubber bottom of the very flat base refers to the color of the covering.

Safety and order: skirting boards with cable channel

Skirting with space for a cableIn many modern skirting systems - this one with clip attachment - space for individual lines already exists.

Over loose electric lines do not look nice, they are also an almost magical attraction for dust and dirt, and finally they can form dangerous pitfalls. Reason enough to stow in the living room, home office or children's automatically collected properly.

In the simplest case, the baseboard, you need to install anyway enough. Many commercially available systems today already can accommodate one or two lines. but that is not always enough. In addition, the pulling additional cables often fails because the baseboards are permanently fixed and can only be solved with difficulty.

Here cable channels come into play. They are very often made of plastic and consist of a carrier profile and is placed on the profile of a cover. One fixed the support profile on the wall, the necessary lines and specifies an closes the channel to the associated cover. So one always has access to the wiring to feed additional lines or modify the installation.

Looking into open cable channelsCable channels are available in numerous sizes - from narrow profile for the wiring of the workplace through to the channel for applications in commercial operation.Cable duct with devices inserts and aperturePractically those channels in which can be equal also accommodate installation elements such as outlets or switches.

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Of course, the channels are not limited to the wall socket. Branches to the individual consumers - about the wall-mounted TV or to the devices on the desk - also allow the ordinary vertical guiding lines.

High quality systems also offer the possibility to fasten inserts such as sockets or switches in the channel and provided with a matching cover. In this way can be in a residential environment - if necessary - the entire electrical installation running on plaster. Visually, this is not a flaw, because cable channels are available in numerous fine decors.

Vertical wall profile for cableAs the cable ducts on the base there are also the branches to individual consumers of base profile and cover. Be careful here also on a reserve in order to later make further lines.Surface installation in the living roomIf necessary, can be personalized with cable channels complete installations are running in a living room. Then you should not, however, a false economy, but quietly investing in finely designed variants.

Special baseboards for heating tubes

Heating pipes behind a baseboardA baseboard made of wood with a common chamber for supply and return.

Especially in old buildings, the heating pipes run visible along the wall. see the pipes are not only unsightly, but must be dusted regularly. To cover them, there are special Skirting boards for heating pipes. These have a sufficiently large cavity at particularly high pedestals there are two chambers that separate the lead from the return. The strips are available in plastic or wood. Before buying, you should measure the heating pipes, however, as they partly have a different strength. The skirting boards are fixed centrally with mounting screws or attached via a clip system. The advantage: Corner profiles are available for some strips so that the miter cut is not necessary.

Baseboards attach: gluing, nailing, screwing or with clip system

Some system plinths the type of attachment is already displayed. Basically you have several options to attach the strips. You can baseboards

  • stick, best with mounting adhesive
  • nail with special skirting pins
  • screw
  • fasten with a clip system.

Think that all these possibilities in mind that in principle Skirting board to the wall and not connected to the floor covering is. Almost all floating engineered flooring work and can move easily - then would be between baseboard and wall to see a more or less large gap. 

To mount according to the different methods the baseboards and cable channels:

glue baseboards

For bonding of skirting boards do not need a lot of tools. The work is clean, is slightly out of hand and is also suitable for beginners. These things you need for this:

  • baseboards
  • Ruler or tape measure
  • pencil
  • Installation glue
  • Miter saw and miter box, or a hand-held miter saw or an electric miter saw
  • damp cloth

First, you must measure the required lengths exactly and cut - that goes for all methods described herein. This works quite well with a hand saw and a miter box. Thus can be accurately square cuts or exact 45-degree angle cut. More the video below shows.

But beware: walls are almost never exactly straight and corners rarely exactly perpendicular. therefore check the angle and cut, if necessary, the miter accordingly in a "crooked" angular extent, otherwise the corners later show open gaps at the Gehrungsstelle. but then you also need a sawing device with which the angle can be continuously adjusted.

perform miterStrips which terminate at inside or outside corners, matching mitered. In return, a fine saw with miter box is. For non-square corners, a device with adjustable miter angle is necessary. Check corner angle with bevelFew corners are exactly at right angles. Measure better after prior to the miter cut - in the simplest case satisfies a bevel, which allows you to transfer the off-hook angle.

After cutting, the strips are released from the sawdust. The wall must be clean. Sticking itself is then not difficult on. Contribute to the back of the cut strips mounting adhesive - either in several parallel strands or in a wavy line. Now press the strip at the intended position on the wall. Hold briefly, then the footer holds even by the relatively high initial adhesion of the mounting adhesive.

Slightly more circumstances you only need to make if either the strips are warped and therefore does not just come into contact or if the wall is very uneven itself. In this case, support the new skirting off to the curing of the adhesive by previously put some heavy objects.

Depending on the wall texture can be but also less cumbersome fix provisionally the strips. To set after application of the adhesive mounting some points of hot glue on the strips back. Now you need but bring the bar quickly, accurately to the wall. The hot-melt adhesive solidifies very quickly and fixed the mounting member to the setting of the adhesive. Note: Hot glue is suitable only as an aid. As the sole fixation larger sections not he recommended.

glue footerFixing with mounting adhesive is very easy to do. The back of the strip is provided with adhesive and then pressed against the wall. support when needed!

nail baseboards

Nailers before skirtingIf you have to install a larger number skirting boards, the use of an air or electric nailer worth. You can see the equipment in the tool rental.

Especially skirting boards, which are subsequently painted, can also be nailed. The wall material must not be too porous, otherwise the nails loosen again very easily. Concrete as a base is also very suitable, because there nailing requires a lot of strength.

Would you like to nail the baseboards, then you should use for this purpose nails with countersunk called skirting pins. To fully immerse them in the groin and to avoid pressure points, use the best one Senkeisen. Then fill in, as necessary, the nail heads or holes with wood putty. Then to see anything from the nails after painting.

Who needs to install many meters baseboards can also draw on an electric or air-powered nailers. Such devices are available from tool rental, because the purchase is not worthwhile for individuals mostly. Practice dealing first with some residual wood, then attaching the strips succeed much cleaner.

screw baseboards

Do you want to screw the bar with the wall, then simply drill at a distance of about 70 cm holes through bar and the wall, put a dowel and screw the bar then fest.Ist the wall noticeably uneven, then the distance between the fixing points should be reduced - the strips are then significantly improving ways ,

With this method, you should of course remember that the screw heads are visible later in wooden slats. For aluminum strip the screws fall, however, less, and multi-part systems with primary and view profile they disappear completely.

In bolted wooden strips to make a virtue of necessity and use, for example, head screws made of brass with long slot. The point on the i set when the screws when you align all screw slots exactly horizontal.

Bolt-footerThe skirting boards are periodically - doweled to the wall - depending on the straight course.Detail: screw in the footerThe heads of screws see it from the best. Optically at its best effect when it turns all the slots horizontally.

Baseboards with clip system

Corner bracket for inner and outer cornersTo clip systems also suitable connectors for corners are usually available. This saves the miter.

As a final mounting option a clip system comes into question. Here, clips or clamps are attached to the wall. Then plug the baseboards to the clips until they lock. For the corners use so-called corner profiles that are pushed over the baseboards.

The advantage of this almost invisible Befestiungsart: The baseboards are not damaged when attaching even during subsequent disassembly when removing the strips, for example, when you move out again. In addition, can be subsequently put cable into the cavities behind the baseboards.

Again, you must pay attention to how flat the walls. For larger inaccuracies, the clips must be placed in more closely spaced, otherwise gape towards the wall columns, or the strips slip even with higher voltages from the holder.

A detailed explanation of the operation and the use of a clip system gives you the following video:

Clip system for attaching skirting

Baseboard trim with the Gehrschnitt

So your skirting boards are cut clean and there are no edges that also at the corners, you can work with a so-called miter saw. The Gehrschnitt serves to ensure that two converging at a corner pieces of the skirting board meet flush. The following video tutorial this cut is described in detail and slowly:


Mount cable channels

Also, a cable channel you can fix with some skill readily itself. You do not need any extensive equipment. Would you stick the channel to the wall, you need these tools and materials:

  • Cable duct (plastic)
  • bucksaw
  • cotton cloth
  • Installation glue

Would you like dowels rather the basic profile, you need a (percussion) drill and the wall material suitable dowels and screws for the wall properties.

Unlike simple nailing baseboards with cable channels is less advisable. Because they are loaded on train during the later opening, a nailing is more likely to solve here.

stick cable channel

Two-piece cable channel of plasticBase profile and cover can be cut to length in common to the required level and then have to be separated.

Measure the required length carefully and write down the dimensions. Plastic profiles You can then easily cut with a miter saw by hand to length. Who uses an electric jigsaw, should make sure that the machine is running slowly, otherwise zuschmiert the blade quickly. Corner connectors are available for plugging for a number of systems. If not, a bevel cut is performed at corners (see above).

The trimmed base profile then cleaned of Sägerückständen and other contaminants. If necessary, the cut edges must be deburred with a file or sandpaper. The wall surface must be clean, dry and free of release agents such as fat.

A closed channel with electric linesIs the basic profile glued, one can insert the wires and replace the cover upon curing of the adhesive. In doweled profiles can immediately use to the channel course.

Now enter assembly adhesives from the cartridge in several parallel strands or in waveform to the back of the base profile and press it against the wall. This works the same way as in the normal baseboards described above.

Modern assembly adhesives have a high initial tack and thereby remain immediately with quite a tight fit on the wall. Nevertheless, it may be useful to support the profile to hardening of the glue, because walls are rarely exactly straight, Just set some heavy objects in front of the profile, but be sure that it is not deformed too much, otherwise the cover later could no longer fit properly - trust dear to the gap-bridging effect of the respective adhesive.

When the adhesive has cured, you can remove the supports that feed lines and clip the cover.

solve bonded cable channels or baseboards

Is to be removed again later, the base board or the channel. perhaps because you install a new flooring or to grind at a renovated wooden floorboards, which is also possible with bonded cable channels and baseboards. The easiest way is if you have used a slightly flexible mounting adhesive when attaching.

You cut, the adhesive joints with a knife and begins gently to pry. The gap, which is already open, you can keep it open with matches or thin Leist sections.

Gradually dissolving the bonding in this way. Note: If the glue does not continue to tear, do not exert too much force when levers, otherwise also parts of the plaster can detach from the wall. Dear recut again or nachstechen with a metal spatula.

Adhesive residues in thin layers can be depending on the surface with acetone, a ceramic hob scraper or remove with steel wool. Thicker remains one cuts better.

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