How to mitre cut floor molding

Written by josh weber
  • Share
  • Tweet
  • Share
  • Pin
  • Email
How to mitre cut floor molding
An Inside Corner Miter

You can improve the appearance of any room by adding stylish base and shoe moulding to make an attractive transition between the walls and floors of your home. This will require some simple knowledge of cutting inside and outside mitres where the moulding meets inside and outside corners of the room. With simple instructions and a little prior planning, these cuts can be made by any homeowner.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Other People Are Reading

Things you need

  • Base moulding
  • Shoe or quarter-round moulding
  • Mitre saw or a back-saw and mitre box
  • Pencil

Show MoreHide

Instructions

  1. 1

    Take a quick survey of the room and determine the number of inside corner mitres to be cut.

    How to mitre cut floor molding
    An Inside Corner Miter
  2. 2

    Position one end of base moulding flush in the corner and, with a dark lead pencil, draw a line at 45 degrees from the corner across the top of the moulding to the moulding face (see photo).

    How to mitre cut floor molding
  3. 3

    Position a second piece of base moulding on the adjacent intersecting wall and draw a line at 45 degrees from the corner across the top of the moulding to the moulding face (see photo).

    How to mitre cut floor molding
  4. 4

    Using a mitre saw or a back-saw and a mitre box to make 45-degree cuts on the end of each of these two pieces. Use the lines drawn in Steps 2 and 3 to determine the direction of the 45-degree cut.

    How to mitre cut floor molding
  5. 5

    Repeat Steps 2 and 3 for any additional inside mitres required and test the paired intersecting moulding pieces for fit (see photo).

    How to mitre cut floor molding

    Cut Base Molding Miters for Outside Corners

  1. 1

    Position base moulding to overlap the outside corner and draw a pencil line, running at a 45-degree angle from the point at which the corner meets the moulding, across the top of the moulding to the moulding face (see photo).

    How to mitre cut floor molding
  2. 2

    On the intersecting wall, position a second piece base moulding to overlap the outside corner and draw a pencil line running at a 45-degree angle from the point at which the corner meets the moulding across the top of the moulding to the moulding face (see photo).

    How to mitre cut floor molding
  3. 3

    Using a mitre saw or a back-saw and a mitre box to make 45-degree cuts on the end of each of these two pieces. Use the lines drawn in Steps 1 and 2 above to determine the direction of the 45-degree cut.

    How to mitre cut floor molding
  4. 4

    Repeat Steps 1 to 3 for any additional outside mitres required and test the paired intersecting moulding pieces for fit. (see photo).

    How to mitre cut floor molding

    Cut Shoe or Quarter-Round Molding Inside and Outside Miters

  1. 1

    Mark 45-degree cutting direction lines for shoe or quarter-round moulding using the same techniques outlined for base moulding.

    How to mitre cut floor molding
  2. 2

    Use mitre saw or back-saw and mitre box to cut shoe or quarter-round moulding 45-degree mitres to fit at the intersection of the base moulding and the floor surface.

    How to mitre cut floor molding
  3. 3

    Complete floor moulding installation by adding shoe or quarter-round moulding at the foot of all base moulding.

    How to mitre cut floor molding

Tips and warnings

  • Always test fit mitre cuts in the corner before attempting to nail moulding in place.

Don't Miss

Filter:
  • All types
  • Articles
  • Slideshows
  • Videos
Sort:
  • Most relevant
  • Most popular
  • Most recent

No articles available

No slideshows available

No videos available

By using the eHow.co.uk site, you consent to the use of cookies. For more information, please see our Cookie policy.