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Creating a Wood Post Covering for a Basements Metal Support Post

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Ahh the dreaded support posts seen in most basements... while you can wrap them in carpet (like this one was originally) or buy "wrap" kits at over a 100 each, how about a simple wood post covering. In this case these each ran about $50 a piece, but the cost could be less if you used standard dimensional wood. Want to spice it up even more, see some ideas / tips below. Time for the posts - about an hour, painting & prep maybe another hour or two
Time: 2 Hours Cost: $50 Difficulty: Moderate
  • creating a wood post covering for a basements metal suport post, basement ideas
In most cases the post is only painted & you can proceed to the next step. For me I had to scrape all the carpet off & a lot of glue
  • creating a wood post covering for a basements metal suport post, basement ideas
2 1x4 & 2 1x6 pre-primed white pine boards were cut to length*** (Do not use MDF in a basement, bath, or where water could be an issue - they wont last if water does become an issue)
I always cut them about a 1/4 to 1/2 short of the shortest length. The trim will easily cover the gap & it also does two things for you - it makes sure it will fit when you go to install it (any rises in the concrete or unlevel drywall won't cause issues) & by keeping it off the ground by a 1/4 of an inch will prevent water wicking into it.
  • creating a wood post covering for a basements metal suport post, basement ideas
I used a brad nailer to attach the two 1x6 to a 1x4 creating a C-Channel --- while it doesn't form a perfect square box (off by 1/2 inch) most people will never see it & it gives some play in case the pole isn't perfectly plumb
  • creating a wood post covering for a basements metal suport post, basement ideas
Place the wood C-Channel around the pole plumb - raise it up as far as it will go to help prevent water issues
  • creating a wood post covering for a basements metal suport post, basement ideas
Using 3 clamps I installed the 1x4 flush with the other pieces. In this case I start at the top & work down. The nice thing about this is the C-Channel is slightly sprung due to the size of the pole allowing one to push the pieces in easily without worrying about trying to pull them back out
  • creating a wood post covering for a basements metal suport post, basement ideas
Once completed it is ready for trim & paint - plumb as needed
  • creating a wood post covering for a basements metal suport post, basement ideas
I used quarter round at the top & spackle to hide the seams - yeah there is going to be some sanding
  • creating a wood post covering for a basements metal suport post, basement ideas
The base was simple baseboard --- want to fancy it up - you can route the edges, use different trim, consider adding more to the center, build it out... the options are endless
  • creating a wood post covering for a basements metal suport post, basement ideas
All painted
  • creating a wood post covering for a basements metal suport post, basement ideas
The finished product

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