Skirting Board Questions? We’ve got you covered.


How to fit skirting boards corners?

When you fit the corners of the skirting boards, it is best to miter two pieces of skirting boards based on the shape the corner, then glub them together over the corner.



What are cable rebates?


It has been an age old problem when moving into or renovating property, what do you do with all the unsightly mountains of spaghetti! it is much better to have all the cables tucked away out of sight behind the skirting boards, this is achievable quite easily these days, while you are fitting new boards why not have rebates ie channels specifically cut into the back of the boards to the right size required to hide all of your cables, wires and annoying unsightly mains leads, can do this for you, it can revolutionise the look of your room



Can I hide my heating pipes behind my skirting boards?


This is a little more tricky than cable rebates, but essentially yes you can disguise those ugly heating pipes that run along or in front of your existing skirting boards, can manufacture boards for you with enough space rebated to incorporate heating pipes, or infact instead of replacing the boards which isn’t always possible due to the fact they may be embedded in the wall, have manufactured skirting boards to fit over the top of the heating pipes and the existing skirting boards to produce a very pleasing clutter free and cost effective solution



How to fit skirting boards in the bathroom?

It is best to fit moisture resistant skirting boards in your bathroom, as your bathroom is one of the dampest rooms in your house. Use glue at the back of the boards , then place them against the wall firmly, then use some  screws to screw the skirting boards to the wall securely. This method can prevent the skirting boards coming off the wall easily. Then use fillers to fill the holes caused by the screws, lastly put your finish coats on the skirting boards to unify the colour.



Can I my existing match skirting boards ?


It should be possible to match your existing skirting boards, if you can take a template or provide a sample of what you are trying to match then can undertake matching it up, often tooling is required this is where a cutter is manufactured to mirror the desired profile, however as are very active in this market place bespoke boards are being made all the time so we may already have cutters which may be a close match, best thing to do is contact and one of their experts will go through the process with you, it needn’t be a complicated or expensive excersice, call today



Can I have a custom designed skirting boards?


Indeed you can, if you want a specific look or profile, then having skirting boards manufactured to a design of your choosing couldn’t be easier, just produce a template or drawing of how you want your skirting boards to look and let the experts at do the rest for you the options are unlimited, get that chic look you want and it won’t cost as much as you might think



What sort of skirting boards do I have to choose in the listed buildings?


if you are undertaking the restoration of a Listed Building you will already be aware of the huge amount of restrictions and conditions that are imposed on the restoree, skirting boards are included in this, these days the planners are more realistic in their approach to modern materials, for instance MR MDF is recognised as one of the most adaptable and superior materials for manufacturing skirting boards, in the older properties skirting boards were historically quite high and made up of 3 or more sections, if you are looking to replicate these in accordance with rules for replacement, then to be able to match the style height, thickness of the old skirting in one solid piece of MDF is a great advantage and very cost effective, whatever you need are at the forefront of technology and the obvious first port of call for any unusual requests



How much are skirting boards?


This very much depends on the Height of the skirting board required, quantity needed and of course the material you want them manufactured from, there are so many profiles differing heights and lengths available stating a price is like answering the age old question how long is a piece of string!, the best way forward is to speak to the experts they can take a look at your project, recommend a suitable height, type, thickness and quantity of Skirting board in a style sympathetic to your properties age type ceiling height etc, also the correct material dependent on how you would like them finishing, ie a natural wood finish or painted



Where do I buy my skirting boards?

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What are the types of skirting boards?

Skirting boards can be categorised under material, like MDF skirting boards which are the most popular choices for most families, architects  and builders, Oak skirting boards which are popular for modern homes, Ash skirting boards which is the good substitute for oak skirting boards, veneered skirting boards which have real wood on the top and MR ( moisture resistant ) MDF underneath,  pine skirting boards ,and walnut skirting boards and other real wood skirting boards.


Or you can categorise skirting boards by the profiles, there are literally hundreds of different profiles. The most common ones are Torus, Ogee, Ovolo, Chamfered and Round, Lambs Tongue, Bullnose etc etc.   There are a lot more profiles availble on



Where can I buy cheap skirting boards?


We would always say cheap skirting boards isn’t necessarily always a good thing, if you buy a cheap substandard material for your skirting boards it can be a false economy if you have to buy more thank you need to cut around poor quality or damaged material then is it really saving money? also consider this, do you really want to be replacing them again? when the substandard timber bends and splits, at they sell top quality skirting boards at a very competetive price, giving you the solution



Where can I buy top quality skirting boards?


The answer to this is undoubtedly there you will find a huge selection of profiles in lots of different materials of the very highest quality at the most competetive rates



What is the best skirting boards for rental houses?


It has long been a popular misconception that rental properties should be renovated as cheaply as possible, these days Landlords are increasingly aware that attention to detail and fitting top quality designer skirting boards not only lasts longer and needs replacing less often but can actually command higher rental and attract a better quality of tenant, someone who because of the high spec and comfortable surroundings are more likely to rent for longer periods, skirting boards are very important to the overall appearance and quality of finish, for cost effective but still very desireable profiles contact the experts    



What is the best skirting boards for new home, modern home or contemporary homes?

When most people moved in their new modern home, they would find Torus skirting boards are used in most of the modern houses. Whilst there is nothing wrong to use Torus skirting boards, most people do feel that profile is less special because it has been and still is widely used in most new, modern or contemporary homes.


What is the best skirting boards for victorian homes?


This all depends on what the individual requires, there are a number of Traditional Style skirting boards which hail from the Victorian era, these are available from, the Victorians were famous for ostentatious proportions often using Skirting boards which were very high and intricate in design so whether you want to have a modern version of a Victorian profile or looking to have a full size skirting board, can help


Skirting board London

Are you looking to replace the skirting boards in your domestic or commercial property? Do you need a skirting board in London? Here at Skirting Boards, we are the #1 most trusted trade supplier of skirting boards in the UK. We have one of the largest ranges of skirting boards and profiles available online from MDF to Oak Veneered, meaning we have the skirting board that is perfect for your premises.

MDF skirting boards are the most popular of them all and we recommend MDF over hardwood with it being stronger and more durable than alternatives. They are the best value choice and ideal if you are going to paint it white. It’s made up of compressed fibres and is environmentally friendly, unlike hardwood skirting boards. It can also be easily moulded into any profile that you would like, such as Ogee, Victorian, Torus and many more. If you are interested in one of our skirting boards for your property in London, contact Skirting Board today.

If you are unsure of which skirting board would look the best in your property, you can order samples by completing our Samples Order Form. Just select the materials and profiles that you require and we will send the skirting boards directly to your property in London. Prices start at £3.45, with each additional sample costing £1.00. Why not take a look at our wide variety of skirting profiles on the All Profiles page. Here you can see our range of board profiles and the materials they are available in.

So if you would like a skirting board in London, contact Skirting Boards today. Simply call us on 020 3468 7347 or email us on Alternatively, you can complete our Fast Quote & Callback form. Just enter all information into the required fields and we will get back to you in regards to your quotation.

Buying skirting boards

Are you looking to buy a new skirting board? Why not contact us today? We are Skirting Boards a #1 trade supplier in the UK. We supply a range of different skirting boards that are excellent quality, so if you want to buy a skirting board from us, you will be getting the best service possible. We don’t compromise on quality, so you don’t have to refit boards a few years later.

If you want to buy a skirting board from us today, you will have so many different types to choose from. We offer around eight different types on our website which will be perfect for all different purposes. For example, Ash skirting board is a good substitute for oak skirting boards and an excellent alternative to Oak if you are working on more of a budget. We supply a whole range of different types on our website, why not check them out today and decide what one is perfect for you? If you cannot see one you like that fits your purpose, give us a call today. We’ve produced hundreds of profiles that don’t make it onto our site, and may still be able to match it for you.

If you want to buy a skirting board from us, you know you will be getting the best quality possible. We offer all different thicknesses as there are various ones you can choose from. Most of the thick skirting boards are used in large country houses, period homes, or other large space with high ceilings etc. Or in some cases, the walls are simply not straight; thick skirting boards are cut and used as a feature to create straighter walls. Why not have a look at our blog to read more into the thickness of skirting boards?

Our team are experts in what they do and understand the industry of skirting boards inside and out. We pride ourselves on our excellent customer service, and want to make sure that if you buy skirting boards off of us – you are always 100% satisfied. We are committed to our work, and want to ensure you are happy with the service you receive.

Are you looking to buy a skirting board from us? Why not contact our customer service team today? Give us a call on 020 3468 7347 or drop us an email at Include all the relevant information we would need and one of our customer service team will get back to as soon as possible.

Some frequent questions about Skirting Board

How to choose the thickness for the skirting boards

There are various thickness in skirting boards. Generally speaking, people go for certain sizes of thickness either to match with what they already have in the house, or for a particular reason. Skirting boards can go as thin as 12mm, however for that thickness, there are only very limited few profiles can be used on 12mm skirting boards, like square edge,  pencil round, edge 2 and some other profiles with less pattern or curves. Then the next thickness is 15mm, most of the popular profiles like Ogee, Torus, Lambs Tongue, Chamfered, Ovolo and so on can fit on 15mm skirting boards. The most commonly used thickness for skirting boards is 18mm, majority of the profiles can go on 18mm. Save a few very full profiles like 1914, Worcester, 2305, Highgrove and other profiles that with big proud curves and patterns can only go on 25mm.

If you want more than 25mm thickness skirting boards, you can choose 28mm, 32mm or thicker, however, by this level, your choices are quite limited in terms of material choices. Most MDF products are between 15mm – 25mm, so above 25mm, you have to choose wood, mostly pine skirting boards as they are the cheapest wood skirting boards compare with Oak, walnut, cherry, ash, maple, beech and so on so forth.

Most of the thick skirting boards are used in large country houses, period homes, or other large space with high ceilings etc. Or in some cases, the walls are simply not straight; thick skirting boards are cut and used as a feature to create straighter walls.


Cheapest skirting boards

The cheapest skirting boards one can buy are normally moisture resistant MDF with the simplest design like Torus, Ogee, Chamfered and round, lambs tongue and so on, because those profiles are most commonly used by large building projects, so that those profiles always have been manufactured in a large scale. Their sizes varies between 44mm, 58mm, 68mm, 94mm, 119mm, 144mm, 168mm, 194mm, 219mm, however not all profiles are available for all sizes. There is a reason why those skirting boards are so popular, because 1) they are cost effective; 2) they last longer being moisture resistant; 3) they require less prep time because they come as double primed and sanded, so they only require to be fitted and final coat of paint or gloss; 4) longer lengths, normally 5.4m or 4.4m length so less waste.

Profile sizes

Profiles sizes are the sizes for the actual profile itself, not to be mistaken by the height of the boards. Some of the profiles are very small like edge 2, pencil round, or Torus , so if you put a small profile on a larger board, it will leave a large amount of flat board, although it is nothing wrong with the look of such boards or if they are the look you are going for, it is good to be aware such thing if you don’t want such looks, then you can either choose a smaller overall height or a larger profile to balance out the profile and flat board ratio.

Where else I can use my leftover skirting boards?

It is always better to allow some sort of wastage when you buy your skirting boards just in case the measurement wasn’t accurate or someone took a wrong cut into the skirting boards result in you needing more. Or if you have a 3.6 metres or 5 metres wall and don’t want to have any joint, so you have to buy 4.2 meter length for your 3.6 metre wall and 5.4 meter length for your 5 metres wall. The bottom line is that you have some left over skirting boards.

There are many ways that you can utilise your leftover skirting boards. Firstly, you can use them to build book shelves. The profile of your skirting boards will create a very unique patterns for each shelves compare to the standard flat shelves; Secondly you can use them to build a custom picture frame, again the profiles create the pattern for the outer rim of the frame, and you can decide whatever size of frame you want. Thirdly, cut them to smaller pieces like the our skirting samples and use them as coasters. Fourthly, build a small bird house, in fact, that’s what I did with my son, who wanted a bird house. We went to a few garden centres and found out that any reasonable quality ones are ranged between £50 -£200. So we decided to use the leftover skirting boards to build one, in fact, we built two with what we had. We didn’t waste a thing and we had so much fun out of it. Fifthly, with what we left after the cut for the bird houses, my son had enough small skirting boards as his building blocks. Finally, you can do whatever you want, at the end of the day, they are wood products with beautiful profiles, be creative and you can get so much use of them.

Veneered skirting boards

Veneered skirting boards are the new products that didn’t exist many years ago. It is more environment-friendly, more cost-effective, more stable than real wood and still maintain the wood finish most clients want.

Veneered skirting boards have moisture resistant MDF underneath, with one or more layers of real wood on top. With the MR MDF skirting boards underneath, it makes the products more stable so it is unlikely to bend, cup, or shake like most real wood products do. And also you wouldn’t have dead knots like a lot of real wood skirting boards.


We offer double fleece veneered skirting boards, which means they put one layer in one direction and another layer on top in a different direction, so when you cut the skirting boards, you wouldn’t end up with a rough or split top as most of the single fleece veneered skirting boards would. Also with two layers of wood, not only you get the beautiful grain from the wood but also the skirting boards can take oil, lacquering products very well.
Commonly, there are two main veneered skirting boards types, the oak veneered  and the walnut veneered because oak and walnut are the most popular wood for floorings, furniture, doors etc. A layman normally wouldn’t tell the difference between the veneered skirting boards and the solid oak or walnut skirting boards, because they have the same wood finish but just with a less of a price tag. A lot of high-end showrooms use veneered products to achieve their desired designs.

The easiest skirting boards for cleaning

The easiest skirting boards for cleaning are the ones that with simple profiles, like round, square edge,  edge 2, ogee, torus, chamfered etc, basically most of the profiles with less curves, cuts, and rebates. Particularly square edge, edge 2 and round are architects and designers new favorite, because they are simple, clean, modern ( as supposed to the traditional designs) and easy to maintain. Next time, when you go to a hotel, modern restaurant or  modern apartment complex you will probably see that the skirting boards they use are those simple profiles.


The next thing is to have some sort of finish for your skirting boards. If you use MDF, add a coat of gloss finish, if you use real wood or veneered product, add some lacquers or oil them. These finishing products not only add different layers of look and texture to your skirting boards, but also give them longer wear and protect them from scratching or bumping. Particularly if you have young children, who push around their toy pushchairs or cars , or you move your furniture around and unavoidably your children or you can bump or bash into some of the skirting boards.  And most importantly, when it comes to cleaning, it far easier to get dust, grease, and other unwanted stuff off your skirting boards.

How to clean skirting boards

A lot of you out there, probably clean your house once a week, but most of you probably don’t clean your skirting boards once a week. Yes, skirting boards and the back your radiator are often the areas got forgotten, then gradually they become your dust trap.


So now, here you are at the annual spring clean trying to figure out how to clean the skirting boards that you haven’t got around to clean. First of all, find out what type of material or wood you have for your skirting boards, this is simply because you don’t want to introduce a lot moisture to your skirting boards then indirectly to your wall which will cause your problem. Some pine or oak skirting boards product can even start to change shape or curl up with a lot of moisture.


Second of all, what finish do you have on your skirting boards. If you have oil, lacquering, paint or gloss then you don’t need to worry as much as say your skirting boards don’t have any finishing products on them, and only have the raw materials. Because raw materials soak up moisture far quicker than if they have some layers of finish on them.


After you determined the type and finish of your skirting boards then you can decide what to use. If you have unfinished materials, then make sure you don’t use any water content cleaning solutions. Simple dusting and dry wiping can get rid of a lot of the dust, or use the vacuum to go over it as well as dusting.


If your skirting boards have some sort of finish on them, it doesn’t mean that you don’t have to worry about the moisture, only that you can use a small amount moist if it is necessary. You can start to vacuum majority of the dust first, then use a mix cleaning solution of water and soda powder and slightly damp the cloth, and run the cloth through all the profiling sections of the skirting boards which seems to trap most of the dust. If your skirting boards in the kitchen have grease on them, you can add a drop or two dish soap into the mix solution. If your skirting boards have mould or mildew on them, add a drop of bleach into the mix cleaning solution. However, if the mould or mildew come back within a short space of time, you may need to check whether there leaks or major damp behind the skirting board.


Once you have spring cleaned your skirting boards, just make a habit of giving them a quick vacuum when you vacuum your floor.

How to create your shabby chic skirting board decoration

The term of shabby chic style of decoration was originated in the US in the 80s. This type of style basically creates the appearance of distressed, worn or tear furniture or home decor to achieve antique looking decor style.

This type of style isn’t for everyone, you either love it or hate it. The colours and shapes of the furnitures can be quite similar to the ones that are traditional style, the main difference is the worn colours. Usually the furnitures and decors can have layers of paint, some of them partially or fully worn out. To create that style, there are a few things you can do. Use your skirting board for examples, (real wood skirting boards like oak or pine works the best, because MDF wasn’t invested back in the days.) you can paint or glaze part or all of your skirting board, leave it to dry and settle down sufficiently, then sad or rub part of the top coat paint or gloss. Don’t worry if it is not neat, which is a the point, as natural worn effect can be random and uneven. If you like the partial wood shown, then you can stop there. If you really want to show the age of the board, you can carry on painting more coats on then rub or sad away more layers as you like.

Although real wood is preferable, that is not to say MDF is totally not acceptable. What you need to be careful is that your undercoat sufficiently cover the MDF surface, only leave some layers of worn paint or gloss. There you go, you can achieve your very own unique shabby chic looking skirting boards. You can use this method on any furnitures you wish.

What is the best material to use when painting skirting boards and architrave?

This is an excellent question. One which we have been asked by customers on several occasions. We do get approached by customers looking for new skirting boards or architrave for redecoration projects who often ask us about which material we would recommend if they are going to be painted. We hope this article will help answer that question.

A large number of people tend to assume that pine skirting boards would be the best skirting board or architrave option to paint as it is the traditional style often found in older Victorian or Edwardian properties and are very common within the market. Pine makes an excellent material for skirting board and architrave as it is a budget timber however as a softwood it is prone to being dented and knocked overtime as a result of everyday living after being bashed by the vacuum cleaner and knocked with shoes/furniture. Pine makes a fantastic material for skirting boards and architrave in older properties but looks more the part when unfinished or lacquered.

The better alternative that we would recommend is MDF when painting skirting boards and architrave. There is a common misconception in the marketplace that MDF skirting boards are flimsy and break easily as a result of being cheap however this is simply not true. MDF skirting boards are a more rigid option compared to a softwood like pine, it is true that they are substantially cheaper though but at no compromise making them a more suitable product for interior re-decorating. The only downside with MDF skirting boards and architrave is that they will always have to be painted as they would be the standard green or brown buff colour that people find quite ugly!

MDF skirting boards and architrave are now also typically sold in moisture-resistant (MR) versions making them more suitable for kitchens and bathrooms where timber is usually a complete no-no.

However if you insist on using a timber rather than MDF for skirting boards or architrave we would recommend a paint-grade tulipwood to do so. This is usually a more expensive option but as a hardwood it offers similar properties to the MDF in terms of density. The truth is that once several paint coats are added to the skirting boards or architrave you cannot tell which material is used for your mouldings. If you plan on lightly coating to allow a wooden grain to show through then obviously MDF would be the worst option for your skirting and architrave as it has no visible grain whatsoever!

So if you are looking for new skirting boards or architrave for redecorating your property we would recommend MDF if you are looking for a more robust skirting board or architrave for your home, pine and tulipwood are good alternatives but ultimately the decision lies in what you want to achieve.