Door trim and baseboard installation before carpet

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I will be replacing all of the trim and baseboards in my bedroom before I install the carpet. Is there a rule of thumb regarding how much space to leave to accommodate the carpet or do I install the boards flush to the floor?


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  • Betsy Betsy on Jul 27, 2020

    Hi Denise: Typically you would install the carpeting first. You will need to put a tack strip along the walls and then attach the carpeting to that. Then, install the baseboard. Good luck

  • GrandmasHouseDIY GrandmasHouseDIY on Jul 27, 2020

    Hi Denise, I hope this helps! https://homeguides.sfgate.com/far-up-put-baseboard-before-carpet-laid-99235.html Looks like leaving about 1/4" is pretty standard though personally I think I would just trim everything out after flooring to make it easier.

  • Lifestyles Homes Lifestyles Homes on Jul 27, 2020

    I’ve done this and I used pine lath as a spacer while you install the trim.

    If you don’t have a power brad nailer, I suggest pre-drilling the holes to prevent splitting.

  • Annie Annie on Jul 27, 2020

    If you can install the carpet first, and then do your trim, you will be able to perfectly fit it.

  • Denise Denise on Jul 27, 2020

    Thanks,everyone. I’m so appreciative of your help!

  • FrugalFamilyTimes.com FrugalFamilyTimes.com on Jul 27, 2020

    You’ll be so much happier if you install the baseboards after your carpet it installed. :)

  • Lindsay Aratari Lindsay Aratari on Jul 28, 2020

    I think you should do the carpet first

  • Carpet should go in first for sure.

  • Mogie Mogie on Aug 03, 2020

    The trim and baseboards should go on after the carpet is installed. I installed carpet when I lived in Texas and the carpet is put down first because if it has to be stretched to install it a power stretcher can mar base boards.

    The standard is 3/8” to ½” based upon the thickness of the carpet and padding to be installed (be sure to measure). If done correctly the carpet will be tucked underneath the baseboard resulting in a professional looking finish.

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