Step 45: Baseboards and Trim - Intro

Picture of Baseboards and Trim - Intro
Welcome to the final step of your basement renovation! With the light at the end of the tunnel gleaming a brilliant yellow-white and with fresh air giving life to your dust-clogged nostrils, surely every hammer blow from this point on will be a drum beat of victory.

But enough of my prose, let's finish this thing off so we can get started on something else!

Baseboards and trim aren't expressly required for a room to function nor are they required by any building code. But the room will surely look unfinished without them. In the following steps I'll show you how to put trim around the windows and doors, and how to put baseboards around the perimeter of the room.


A vehicle capable of (safely) transporting 14 foot long baseboard planks
A miter saw with a high tooth count blade - for fine cuts to trim
A hammer - optional, I recommend using a nailer for this task
An electric or compressed air nailer - for fast nailing of trim and baseboards
Measuring tape
Putty knife
Marking implement


Baseboard planks - these typically come in 14 foot lengths. Add 10% for waste when estimating.
Trim planks - slightly different from beseboard planks, meant for doors and windows. 8' lengths.
Wood filler putty - to cover the nail holes and patch small gaps
Finishing nails - either loose nails if you're putting them in by hand, or 1 your nailer.
Sandpaper - fine grit (200 minimum) to sand off excess putty.
Paint - to paint the baseboards and trim once installed.