Please help fix this baseboard/ drywall questions

Kevin Nunyah
by Kevin Nunyah
What is the best and safest way to fill this gap behind the stove. my worries are the heat from the stove and the electrical outlet. should i drywall it or put a baseboard. is there any logical reason why this gap exists?
  12 answers
  • Charlee Hunter Charlee Hunter on Apr 10, 2018

    Just looks like someone got lazy or forgot to put the base board down. I have base board all around the kitchen and behind my stove. I don't see why you could not just put the same moulding that I see on the right side of your picture.

  • They didn't do it cuz the 220 plug is in the way! 😂 yup, lazy

  • Lynn Lynn on Apr 10, 2018

    Yeah they just didn’t finish the job. Finishing the baseboard would solve the problem and not be an issue with your stove.

  • Connie Quine Connie Quine on Apr 11, 2018

    The builder was very lazy to not finish this job. You can definitely put down baseboard to cover that, not only would it look asthetically more appealing, it would cover the fiberglass insulation.

  • Mona Boyd Mona Boyd on Apr 11, 2018

    It may have been done to get a tight fit close to the wall. Many times this is the case for a specific appliance at the time. It does make sense to leave it off in that case. I would try to match the trim or find an appliance that slides in the exact spot.

    • WoundedWarrior WoundedWarrior on Feb 19, 2023

      The baseboard isn't going to cause the oven to stick out any further than the plug. 🤣🤣🤣

  • Hope Hope on Apr 11, 2018

    Yep...looks like whoever installed the baseboard just didn't bother with the space behind the stove since it would (normally) be out of sight. I have seen a lot of tile and backsplashes that stopped at the top of the stove instead of being installed behind it for the same reason.

    Judging from the pic, there shouldn't be any reason you couldn't install baseboard...just be mindful of where your electrical wiring is at so you don't nail/screw into it. Alternatively, you could attach the baseboard with adhesive.

    Good Luck! : )

  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Apr 11, 2018

    To me it looks like there was baseboard on the wall before and just wasn't put back on when the outlet was put in. I would go ahead and put it back on. Baseboards don't change an awful lot, so you should be able to find it without a problem. Just take a picture of it and measure the height of what you have to make sure you get the same. If you want, you can even cut a piece of it to fit around the outlet. Good luck!

  • Bijous Bijous on Apr 11, 2018

    It's a time saver move and gives you the ability to butt the appliance tighter to the wall without a baseboard hindering it. Just use a piece of quarter round and glue it in place.

  • Shore grandmom Shore grandmom on Apr 11, 2018

    Honestly, the electric outlet should be higher for more of a reason than just the baseboard. I'm surprised it passed code, it wouldn't around here. It looks like the outlet was an after thought or the stove had been moved from another place and they didn't have enough wire to finish the job. As for the trim, you can put it back on around the outlet. I can see it started, so you can finish it or not. If you don't trim it out, I would put up thin pieces of luan to cover the holes so bugs and critters don't find easy access to your kitchen. I don't think it's a safety hazard, more cosmetic.

  • Rosy Rosy on Apr 11, 2018

    Definitely unfinished.

  • RichandTammy Whiteside RichandTammy Whiteside on Apr 12, 2018

    There's a lot of good replies here. Take a good look at Shore Grandmom's answer. You might want to spend the $ and get that outlet raised if for no other reason than plain safety. Then you can go ahead and add a patch where the outlet was and put the rest of the trim in place if desired.

  • B. Enne B. Enne on Apr 14, 2018

    Add trim.