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Old 03-07-2009, 11:12 AM   #1
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I just recently remodeled my basement and am at the point where I have another question. We currently have no flooring. It is just the concrete floor right now. I am planning on carpeting most of it and laying ceramic tile around my bar area. My question is, should I install my baseboard before I do the flooring, or do the flooring then install the baseboard. I am leaning towards doing the baseboard first because then I can have an even line and not have to worry about any gaps with the transition from carpet to tile. The local HD guys said it was just a matter or preference, didnt matter. I figured I would go to the experts on here before I did anything. Thanks guys.

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If you do the baseboard first, every single cut of your flooring tiles will have to be perfect (unless you install 1/4 round).

If you do the floor first, the baseboard's bottom edge will give you a good, straight wall edge, even if your tile cuts are off a bit. Same thing with carpet... the wall cut just has to be close if your baseboard will cover it.

The tile is the main thing. The carpet is easy either way.

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For carpet baseboard first, spaced up the thickness of the carpet. All other flooring the baseboard goes after the flooring.
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Thanks guys. Bob, that is my problem. I have a transition from tile to carpet in the same room so I don't want to install the baseboard after the carpet and then have a gap under the baseboard when it meets the tile. I guess I can just use quarter round when I get to the tile. I also was just thinking that with my cuts, the grout will give me some forgiveness if they arent perfect.
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leave the baseboard up for the carpet and slide the tile under the baseboard. If the height is not right you should be cutting the bottom of the baseboard anyway.
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Why not just tile first? Then baseboards, then carpet.
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Why not just tile first? Then baseboards, then carpet.
That is exactly what I was thinking also.
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I think he means that since the carpet will be lower than the tile (or the other way around) he will have a gap on the carpet side when he installs the baseboard. Why not reduce the difference of the carpet and tile from the baseboard put on the tile side (or the other way around)? For example, if your baseboard for the carpet is 5 1/2 inches and the tile rises above the carpet by 1/4 inch, rip the baseboard on the tile side to 5 1/4 inches and all your baseboards will be even on top. Sorry if I am misunderstanding you. Thanks.

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