Install Carpet and Baseboard


I am finishing a basement and we are putting down an OSB subfloor which will eventually have wall to wall carpet over it. Should I install baseboard trim before or after we install the carpet?


You can install the carpet before or after the baseboard. In new construction we put the baseboard down first, keeping it up about 1/2" above the sub-floor. Sometimes the new paint gets marked up a bit, so is then touched up after the carpet is laid. If installing the baseboard after the carpet is laid, pre-paint the baseboard and lay it on top of the carpet, not pushing it down too hard onto the carpet. The nail holes are then filled and touched up.


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