In architecture, a baseboard is a board covering the lowest part of an interior wall. Its purpose is to cover the joint between the wall surface and the floor. It protects the wall from kicks, abrasions and can serve as a decorative molding.
Simple or Decorative
At its simplest, baseboard consists of a simple plank nailed, screwed or glued to the wall; however, particularly in older houses it can be made up of a number of mouldings for decoration.
Types of Skirting Board
Crown molding encapsulates a large family of moldings which are designed to gracefully flare out to a finished top edge. Crown molding is generally used for capping walls, pilasters, and cabinets, and is used extensively in the creation of interior and exterior cornice assemblies and door and window hoods.
Wooden baseboard can be available in untreated, lacquered or prepainted versions. Prepainted baseboards can be made from a single piece or finger jointed wood; often softwoods; while hardwoods are either lacquered, or raw for staining and made from a single piece of wood.