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Baseboard size in basement-please help

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Mar 1, 2015
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Oakville, ON

Baseboard size in basement-please help

Our home has the following ceiling heights:
Upstairs 9 feet
Main floor 10 feet
Basement 9 feet ( maybe 2inches less)

Main floor and upstairs have 7.25 inch baseboards and that looks great.

We are finishing the basement and need to decide the baseboard size.
The basement finisher has 4 inch baseboards as the standard. I think that's too small, do you agree?
We can upgrade to 5 inch for $1250 and 7 inch for $1500.
What would you do?
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Jr. Member
Jan 30, 2015
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Toronto
Go to Home Depot and look in the millwork section. You can buy baseboard in whatever lengths you want. Find the cheapest in the heights you want and buy 3' of each. I doubt it will cost you more than $20. Take it home and see what it looks like in place. Then you can take the guesswork out of your decision
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Jul 29, 2006
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Guelph
Big is in. Go with the 7".
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Dec 27, 2007
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Oshawa
This shouldn't even be a choice. The 7" baseboard is the way to go.
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Lacklustre has made a good suggestion, get some samples and decide which one appeals to you.

Your pricing isn't of much value as we don't know what the design, thickness, type of material, pre-primed etc which can more than triple the price. Sort of like saying the dealers price on a new Toyota Corolla is $24000.00 is that a good price. What trim level, what options, are their financing and the list goes on?
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Nov 9, 2008
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You've got tall ceilings in your basement, 4'' will look cheap. Go for the taller 7'' baseboard.

If you're in the GTA, you can check out Central Fairbank Lumber - they have many, many different casing options:

http://centralfairbank.com/mouldings/baseboards.html

My personal preference would be to avoid MDF baseboards in the basement due to the potential of swelling from moisture/water exposure. Go with paint grade poplar (wood)

For your reference, we are finishing our basement currently and have 7 foot ceilings. I will be using 5 1/2'' Ogee profile paint grade poplar.
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Mar 1, 2015
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Oakville, ON
Thanks so much to everyone. I will absolutely go with the 7 inch.
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Joyofmouldings.com

Often larger baseboard can be layered with smaller stuff on top of simple ripped strips.
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Nov 17, 2012
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What material is your builder using? Unless the basement is huge with lots of doors/corners, for $1,500 I'd want poplar baseboards done with proper coped inside corners.
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Dec 7, 2004
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What's the price per ft for the 5 1/2'' Ogee profile?

jacquesstrap wrote: You've got tall ceilings in your basement, 4'' will look cheap. Go for the taller 7'' baseboard.

If you're in the GTA, you can check out Central Fairbank Lumber - they have many, many different casing options:

http://centralfairbank.com/mouldings/baseboards.html

My personal preference would be to avoid MDF baseboards in the basement due to the potential of swelling from moisture/water exposure. Go with paint grade poplar (wood)

For your reference, we are finishing our basement currently and have 7 foot ceilings. I will be using 5 1/2'' Ogee profile paint grade poplar.
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Apr 22, 2014
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There is such thing as an "ideal" size. It is 6.07".
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