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Doubleg71 03-07-2012 08:28 PM

New carpet or baseboards..which is first?
I am in the beginning stages of remodeling one of my bedrooms. I am installing new baseboards and carpet but need to know which would come first. I would think that you would install the baseboards first but don't to create more work for myself. Your opinions are much appreciated.

ben's plumbing 03-07-2012 08:30 PM

yes we install base 1st ..keep it 3/8 or 1/2" off floor so carpet can tuck under it...

joecaption 03-07-2012 08:37 PM

There's going to be two differant opions on this one.
I like to leave them out until the carpet goes in to not have the carpet guys wacking into them and have to go back and do touch ups over new carpet.
Some people are going to say to use scrap pieces of base under the baseboard being installed to lift it 1/2 up off the floor so the carpet can be tucked under it. Makes little since to me, but both ways work.

Doubleg71 03-07-2012 09:31 PM

Thanks for the quick response and helpful info...I will keep both of these options in mind when I get to that stage of my renovation!

BigJim 03-07-2012 09:46 PM

If you wait to install after the carpet, if the base has a curve in it, it will be hard to straighten it out. I have seen people run the base after carpet and the base was not straight, I suppose you could pop a line and keep it straight and the same distance off the floor.

rusty baker 03-08-2012 04:21 AM

Base first. Doesn't matter whether you leave a gap or not, either.

JetSwet 03-08-2012 05:46 AM

Right, if the carpet guys put the carpet down and your base trim looks like it went rounds with mike Tyson then they shouldn't be doing carpet as simple as that.

oh'mike 03-08-2012 05:49 AM

Another vote for base first--No workmen in the room after the carpet is installed--this is an important rule--

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